If you need to get away, why not retreat to stunning Northumberland? With over 30 miles of coastline and a variety of tourist hotspots, the region has everything you need for a sand and surf-filled holiday. Whether you enjoy building castles (or exploring them), riding the waves on a surfboard or simply strolling along the shore, you’re bound to find the perfect seaside spot for you.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Journey between land and sea

Also known as Harbour Beach, this pebbled coastline is one of the region’s most beautiful, offering spectacular views, and getting there is an adventure in itself!

Lindisfarne is linked to the mainland by a causeway, which disappears twice a day when the tide sweeps in. Make sure you plan your day ahead and check the timetable of safe crossing times before you travel or you could stay longer than you expected!

Once safely across the water, why not make a day of it and explore Lindisfarne Castle? Sitting at the highest point of the island, the strikingly exposed Tudor fort eventually became a holiday retreat for the wealthy Edwardian gentleman, Edward Hudson. He engaged the renowned Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens to design various alterations and Gertrude Jekyll to install the enchanting walled gardens.

Top Tip:
If you need to whet your whistle don’t miss St Aidan’s Winery for globally renowned Lindisfarne Mead.

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A fishing harbour that will reel you in

With a superbly sandy terrain, Seahouses Beach is fun for all of the family. Whether it’s fishing, surfing or simply strolling along the shore, there is something for everyone.

Seahouses is a bustling seaside village, centred around a picture perfect harbour, full of the noise of gulls freewheeling in the huge skies above the colourful fishing boats and the scent of some of the best fish and chips on offer in Great Britain.

It’s also the gateway to the Farne Islands, a collection of 15-20 islands (depending on the tides), which sit two to three miles off the coast. You can take a trip from Seahouses harbour and visit this fascinating wildlife haven; home to the most famous sea bird sanctuary in the country as well as a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. One of David Attenborough’s favourite places!

Top Tip: For the true Seahouses experience, pop into The Olde Ship Inn for a pint. The wooden floor is history itself, made from the decks of old ships.

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Druridge Bay Country Park

Get back to nature

With miles and miles of golden beaches, it’s no surprise that Druridge Bay is one of Northumberland’s most popular hotspots for families seeking sand and sea. This beautiful cove and country park is a must-visit if you’re a fan of nature. Boasting rare wildlife, wondrous woods, magnificent meadows and even a large, freshwater lake, Druridge Bay Country Park is a haven of tranquillity and natural beauty.

Ideal to visit at any time of the year, take a stroll around Ladyburn Lake and perhaps do some birdwatching, before stopping off to enjoy a picnic in one of the many sheltered spots.  For the more adventurous, there are sailing, windsurfing and canoeing courses every summer. If you enjoy cycling, it’s a great place from which to explore the area, as the Northumberland coastal cycle route runs through the park. 

Top Tip: Druridge Bay is dog-friendly so the whole family can enjoy the beach break!

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Bamburgh Castle

A beach fit for a king

With its white sandy beaches, pristine shells and magnificent castle, Bamburgh is one of Northumberland’s best kept secrets. The beach itself stretches beyond Bamburgh castle and boasts plenty of activity opportunities including fishing, swimming, surfing and windsurfing.

Bamburgh Castle also makes for a great day out for all of the family. Rich in history, visitors can witness live archaeological excavations and tour the expansive grounds, in the summer time you can even dig for your own treasures! With over 2,000 artefacts throughout the castle grounds and panoramic views of the coast, Bamburgh really is a royal day out.

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