Northumberland Coast

Northumberland Coast

Overview


Start: White Swan, Alnwick

Finish: White Swan, Alnwick

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The White Swan 
Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick, The White Swan is a charming 300-year-old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation. Best known for its Olympic Dining Room, you can enjoy dinner surrounded by the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the First Class Lounge of Titanic's sister ship, RMS Olympic. The White Swan also famously houses the grand staircase from RMS Olympic with its stunning gilt iron work. The White Swan has 55 bedrooms, from classic twins and doubles, to superior doubles, suites, family rooms and a fabulously luxurious four poster suite. All rooms have TVs with Freeview, direct dial phones, a work desk and free WiFi. All bathrooms have baths and/or showers, and complimentary toiletries.

This itinerary involved crossing the Lindisfarne Causeway, please check tide times and only cross if it is safe to do so.

 

Journey Times


Day One

Alnwick to Chillingham Castle 14 miles 40 minutes
Chillingham Castle to Bamburgh Castle 13 miles 35 minutes
Bamburgh Castle to Alnwick 18 miles 50 minutes

Day Two
(Please check tide times prior to crossing)

Alnwick to Lindisfarne Priory 37 miles 1hr 15 minutes
Lindisfarne Priory to Alnwick 26 miles 60 minutes


Day One


Depart: Alnwick 

Here’s how: 
Turn left out of Greenwell Lane onto Bondgate Without (B6346), at the next junction turn left onto B1340. Continue straight, over the River Aln, take the next left. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B6341 for approximately 1 mile before turning left onto Smiley Lane. Take a right turn onto the B6346. Continue on this road, you will pick up the signs for Chillingham Castle.

Arrive Chillingham Castle

Here’s Why: Home of Sir Humphry Wakefield; this 12th century stronghold is situated in romantic grounds with breath taking views of the surrounding countryside and scenic grandeur of the Cheviots. Lovely woodland walks to explore and lake to visit. Experience the grandeur of the state rooms with antique furniture, tapestries, arms and armour as of old. Step back in time and visit the eerie and chilling atmosphere of the Torture Chamber and Dungeon.

Depart: Chillingham Castle 

Here’s How: Here’s How: Turn left, then right and right again onto the New Road. Continue onto the B6348 before turning left onto the A1 (Bamburgh B1341). Take a right, then right again onto the B1342, continue onto Front Street (B1430), follow this road, the castle will be on your left hand side.

Arrive: Bamburgh Castle

Here’s Why: Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard over this beautiful coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. With 14 rooms and over 3,000 items on display, ranging from arms and armour to fine porcelain, china, artworks and furniture, there is plenty to discover. 

Depart: Bamburgh Castle

Here’s How: Turn left out of the car park onto Links Road (B1340), continue into Seahouses, going straight over at the first and second roundabouts.  At the roundabout take the 2nd exit in the direction of North Sunderland. Continue on Main Street before turning right onto B1430. You will pick up the signs for Alnwick.  

Arrive: Alnwick 

 

Day Two


Depart: Alnwick

Here’s How: Head out of Alnwick on the B6341 in the direction of Rothbury.  Reaching the crossroads turn right onto the A697. Into Wooler, take a right onto Berwick Road/B6525, continue on the B6525 through Lowick before turning left towards the A1.  Cross over the A1 onto the Lindisfarne Causeway (Check the tide times). Coach parking is available; Lindisfarne Priory is only a short walk. 

Arrive: Lindisfarne Priory 

Here’s Why: Lindisfarne Priory, the original home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. Founded by St Aidan in AD635, the site owes its fame to St Cuthbert, the greatest of Northumbrian holy men, who lived and died there. Stroll around the monastic buildings which formed the living quarters of the monks, the remote setting adds to the unique atmosphere of the Priory. With lively interpretation discover the enthralling story of the monks who lived on Holy Island, the grisly Viking invasions and the part which Henry VIII played in the history of the Priory. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago, and explore the wild coastal beauty of Holy Island. Visit the fascinating museum and find out about a grisly Viking raid, the cult of St Cuthbert, and the beautiful medieval manuscript: The Lindisfarne Gospels.

Depart: Lindisfarne Priory

Here’s How: Travel over Lindisfarne Causeway, turn left onto the A1 follow the signs for Alnwick. 

Arrive: Alnwick 

Places in this itinerary


White Swan Hotel
NE66 1TD

Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick and only a stone's throw from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, The White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation.

Best known for its Olympic Dining Room, you can enjoy dinner surrounded by the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained glass windows from the First Class Lounge of Titanic's sister ship, RMS Olympic. The White Swan also famously houses the grand staircase from RMS Olympic with its stunning gilt iron work.

The White Swan also houses Hardy's Bistro which is open daily to resident and non residents guests. Hardy's is a more contemporary informal bistro serving a seasonal menu, afternoon tea and refreshment. Hot drinks and ice cream also available to take away. Breakfast is available to non resident guests also served in Hardy's.

The White Swan is perfectly located to explore Northumberland or as a stopover en route to Scotland. Alnwick Castle and Gardens are within walking distance and you are ideally located to explore the magnificent coasts and castles of Northumberland.

Front of Castle
NE66 5NJ

Remarkable Castle dating back to the 13th century, with Staterooms, Museum, beautiful Italian Garden, Torture Chamber and Dungeon, Woodland Walks, Lake, Gift Shop and Tearoom situated in the Medieval Minstrels' Hall with its large and welcoming log fire, serving delicious homemade food.

Lindisfarne Priory
TD15 2RX

Cross the water to Holy Island and step into one of England's holiest places. Visit the shire of St Cuthbert, weave through the priory ruins and imagine the serenity shattered by Viking invasion.

Bambugh Castle
NE69 7DF

Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the entire country. Explore 14 public areas and learn more about the castle and its inhabitants from over 3,000 items on display, including arms, armour, glass, china, furniture and artwork. Experience the sights, stories and atmosphere of over 2,000 years of exhilarating history.

 

Outside Alnwick TIC
NE66 1TN

Alnwick Tourist Information Centre is well worth a visit to ensure you make the most of your stay in Northumberland. Situated in the heart of Alnwick in the Market Place, the TIC is an accessible building well stocked with information leaflets.

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