Northumberland Coast

An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Much of Northumberland's coastline is designated an `Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and is renowned for its long clean sandy beaches, quiet hidden coves and secluded bays. There is forty miles of `Heritage' coastline to discover, stretching between Berwick and Amble, with many picturesque coastal villages along the way including Beadnell, Embleton, Craster and Boulmer to name but a few.

Off shore between the ancient villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses lies the Farne Islands. In the care of The National Trust, these islands are a popular destination for wildlife lovers, with a great variety of seabirds and large colonies of grey seals. Boat trips to the islands can be taken all year round but are particularly rewarding during May, June and July when tens of thousands of breeding sea birds can be seen.

Also of note is Holy Island (or using its Celtic name Lindisfarne), famous for being a seat of Christian learning in the 7th century. Cut off twice a day and only accessible at low tide, Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a three mile causeway. The island has a thriving local community, busy harbour, shops and inns and there's plenty to see and do, with a priory, Heritage Centre, local winery, and Tudor castle; it's also a great for bird watching.

If history is your thing you won't be disappointed. Bearing testament to a very turbulent past this coastline has a number of spectacular historic castles, perched on cliff top locations overlooking the North Sea, including Bamburgh Castle, often described as the finest castle in England.

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Destinations in Northumberland Coast

Alnwick & Alnmouth Area

Alnwick is in the heart of Northumberland, famous for its unspoilt beauty, and is one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in England.

Bamburgh & Holy Island Area

The idyllic country village of Bamburgh, ancient royal seat of the kings of Northumbria, is set in one of the most breathtakingly picturesque coastal regions in the UK.

Beadnell & Seahouses Area

One of the most popular holiday areas on the north east coast, Beadnell consists of three villages in one, Beadnell Harbour, the old Beadnell Village and Beadnell Haven.

Berwick upon Tweed & Area

Berwick-Upon-Tweed is an historic market town situated at the Scottish border, lying on the east coast at the mouth of the River Tweed.

Craster is a small fishing village on the Northumberland coast and famous as the home of the Craster Kipper, a smoked fish exported to food lovers across the country.

Morpeth & Area

The town of Morpeth is situated 10 miles inland on the River Wansbeck which flows through the town.

Warkworth & Amble Area

Warkworth is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque villages in the whole of Northumberland with an excellent range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and art galleries.