39 miles of Northumberland’s coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Northumberland Coast Path makes it possible to walk the coast in sections, or if your group are up for a challenge, the whole Coast Path stretches 61 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Warkworth, with some fantastic sights along the way.
1. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is home to Lindisfarne Priory where the Lindisfarne Gospels were written. The lively interpretation tells the story of St Cuthbert and the monks who lived there, and reveals why the Island is known as the Cradle of Christianity. The Island is cut off from the mainland twice a day, so remember to check the tide times when planning your itinerary.
2. Bamburgh Castle is a well recognised jewel in Northumberland’s crown. This stunning castle stands watch on the coast offering amazing views across to Holy Island and the Farne Islands, and features a treasure trove of artefacts inside.
3. It is a little known fact that Earl Grey Tea was brewed for the water at Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum, which was the 2nd Earl Grey’s home for a time. Enjoy an afternoon tea followed by a walk around the estate on the coast, whose extensive grounds are aimed at garden lovers.
4. The White Swan Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Alnwick, making it a great base to explore the coast. It has the added benefit of free coach parking and plenty of facilities within walking distance. Eat in the Olympic Restaurant, which is adorned with original features salvaged from RMS Olympic, the Titanic’s sister ship.
5. The impressive keep of Warkworth Castle sits atop a hill above the River Coquet, watching over the village below, its circuit of towered walls virtually intact. Both Warkworth Castle and Lindisfarne Priory are run by English Heritage, who offer free entry to members and great group discounts.
6. Amble Harbour Village is the idea place for a spot of shopping, a cup of tea and an ice cream. This vibrant fishing village hosts 15 independently run retail pods by the harbour with multiple eateries nearby including a fish & chip shop.
7. Sitting at one end of the longest promenade in Northumberland, Newbiggin Maritime Centre documents life in this historic fishing village. Their 65 seat Breakwater Café offers lovely views across the bay towards the Sean Henry ‘Couple’ sculpture in the sea.
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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.
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.
Beautiful gardens, woodland walks, a Prime Minister and a famous cup of tea - Earl Grey of course since Howick was him home!
Country town hotel, overlooking the cobbled streets of Alnwick. Good central base for all local attractions. Has undergone a £1.5million refurbishment to include a brand new Hardy's Bistro.
Set in a quaint Northumberland town, this hill-top fortress and hermitage offers a fantastic family day out.
Relax, browse and discover wonderful local food, drink, and retail therapy by the sea. Situated on Amble Harbour, Amble Harbour Village hosts 15 independently run retail 'pods' offering a range of wonderful art, crafts, gifts, accessories, food & drink, and Northumberland Seafood Centre, aiming to get more locally caught seafood onto local plates.
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop.