Where to Visit on the Northumberland Coast

Couple relaxing in a beach on the Northumberland Coast

While we’ve no doubt that some Northumberland coast’s most popular spots like Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses will already be on your list, we wanted to tell you all about some of the places that might not be on your list, but should.

But before we do, we can’t help but recommend the following jaunts, they’re popular for a reason:

Now, let’s delve into some hidden gems and lesser-known locations worth exploring along the Northumberland coast, as beautiful in winter as it is in summer. Each place has its own unique charm and stories to unravel, offering an enriching experience beyond the well-trodden paths of Bamburgh, Beadnell, and Seahouses.

Alnmouth: A quaint coastal haven

Nestled along the Northumberland coast, Alnmouth is a village that charms with its simplicity and beauty. The river mouth meeting the sea creates a stunning backdrop for this coastal haven. Alnmouth is adorned with historic buildings, and Lovaine Terrace showcases a row of pretty painted structures, adding to the village’s picturesque allure.

Lovaine Terrace in Alnmouth Village and the River Aln

One particular highlight of Alnmouth is its beautiful beach, inviting visitors to enjoy leisurely strolls along the shore or simply relax with the soothing sounds of the waves. The village’s serene atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for those seeking a tranquil retreat by the sea.

Dunstanburgh Castle: A timeless spectacle

Dominating the skyline with its majestic ruins, Dunstanburgh Castle stands as a testament to Northumberland’s rich history. This 1,500-year-old fortress, perched on a dramatic headland between Craster and Embleton, offers panoramic views of the surrounding coastal landscape. The castle’s ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into the region’s storied past, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those captivated by architectural marvels.

Dunstanburgh Castle on the cliffs between Craster and Embleton

For more recommendations on Northumberland’s historic sites which are well worth a visit – even in colder months – explore our guide on Northumberland’s heritage sites in winter.

Druridge Bay: Nature’s masterpiece 

Druridge Bay Country Park unfolds as a nature lover’s paradise, boasting expansive sandy beaches and dunes, a 100-acre freshwater lake, as well as woods and meadows.

It’s an absolute haven for wildlife enthusiasts, providing a habitat for a diverse range of bird species, plus otters, squirrels and more. The bay’s untouched beauty and tranquil surroundings make it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful escape immersed in nature. Take a walk around the lake or across the sandy shore to enjoy some of the best of Northumberland’s nature. Bring the pup too – dogs are allowed year-round.               

For a comprehensive wildlife experience in Northumberland, consider following our Northumberland wildlife weekend itinerary.

Goswick Sands: A birdwatcher’s paradise 

Goswick Sands, a vast, secluded stretch along the Northumberland coast, offers a peaceful retreat away from the bustling crowds where, at low tide, the sand seems to stretch on endlessly.

Known for its quiet atmosphere and stunning views of Holy Island, this hidden gem is particularly cherished by birdwatchers. The expansive sands and gentle waves create a serene ambiance, providing the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation, ambling birdwatching, plus your four-legged friend is welcome year-round. It’s also home to two shipwrecks – a 1913 German cargo ship and a paddle

Craster: Kippers and coastal charm

Craster, a quaint fishing village, is celebrated for its world-renowned kippers and maritime charm. The historic harbour, with its traditional fishing boats, adds character to this coastal gem. Stroll along the picturesque coastline, explore the village’s nooks and crannies, and indulge in the local seafood delicacies that have made Craster famous.

Craster Village and Harbour

Warkworth: Castle majesty and a charming village

Warkworth is a storybook destination, where the imposing Warkworth Castle takes centre stage in a landscape dotted with charming village houses. The mediaeval streets wind their way through the village, inviting visitors to explore its timeless beauty. The castle, with its rich history and commanding presence, offers a captivating journey into Northumberland’s past.

Warkworth Castle and Village from the water

Beadnell and beyond

As you plan your Northumberland coastal adventure, consider making Beadnell your home base. This charming village provides the perfect starting point to explore these hidden gems. Book your stay now and unlock the secrets of the enchanting North East coast.

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