We recommend staying in Northumberland for at least two nights to fit everything in this itinerary into your trip.
The Bamburgh Castle Inn is tactically located in Seahouses, which is known as ‘The Gateway to Northumberland’s Coast’ and is a fishing village that many use as a starting point for visiting Bamburgh Castle. The décor of this newly furbished, harbour-side hotel evokes that seaside charm that we all know and love, and its views of the coast are spectacular, particularly from the elevated beer garden. Guests at the hotel also have the luxury of exclusive access to The Ocean Club spa,which is based around a ten minute walk away from the hotel.
- Wake up and feast on a mouth-watering breakfast before heading to Bamburgh Castle. There are two ways that you can do this: Option number 1) Take a walk on the wild side and do the approximate 3.5 mile walk along the beach to Bamburgh Castle. We highly recommend this option, as the shimmering sea- views, along with the distant vista of Bamburgh Castle on its rugged plateau, make this a spectacular route. Option number 2) Hit the road and drive from Seahouses to Bamburgh Castle. This is only around a ten minute drive, and we recommend heading out bright and early as parking in Bamburgh is limited.
- Whichever way you choose, once you arrive at Bamburgh Castle, prepare to be in awe of its dramatic beauty and captivating history. Tickets to enter can be purchased on site and take you through the grounds, the castle towers, keeps, state rooms, halls and much more on a magical and eerie trip back in time. Explore the castle grounds first, as they alone are enough to keep you occupied for hours. The imposing castle walls and panoramic sea-views make for excellent exploration, and dogs are welcome in the castle grounds, making this a great option for a dog-friendly day out.
- If you are without a dog, you are free to roam the castle interior. Years of history dating back to the sixth century echo through the castle, traditionally said to have been founded by King Ida in 547, and over 3000 items are on display inside. The castle is also linked to a number of myths and legends that involve dragons, wicked stepmothers and the theft of Sir Oswald’s head, so there is plenty of opportunity for your imagination to run away with itself here.
- Bamburgh Castle has its own café, The Clock Tower Tearoom, which serves a variety of hot and cold lunches and savoury snacks. For those of you with a sweet tooth, you can indulge on delicious, buttery Cream Tea or Afternoon Tea.
- Now that you have regained sustenance and topped yourself up with caffeine, it’s time to head back to Seahouses. Be sure to soak up the last of the amazing views from the castle grounds before you depart, and either head back to your car or set off on the 3.5 mile walk along the beach and back to The Bamburgh Castle Inn. If you walked to the castle but aren’t quite energetic enough to walk back again, The Arriva X18 bus travels between Bamburgh and Seahouses. Be sure to check the bus timetable before you depart.
- Depending on what time you return to the hotel, you could make use of the Ocean Club Spa access that is complimentary for all hotel guests. This exclusive offer means that you can go and relax in the thermal spa rooms, the bubbling hot tub and refreshing, still swimming pool water. The spa is just a short walk from the hotel, and please note that opening hours vary so do check before you make your way there.
- Treat yourself to a dinner in The Bamburgh Castle Inn restaurant, where home-cooked pub food curated from fresh, local ingredients fills the menu. Pile your plate high with their Sunday carvery, or choose from their varied, seasonal menu for a delicious dinner before you settle into your cosy room for the night.
- Enjoy your final breakfast at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, check out and then make your way to Seahouses harbour, which is practically on your doorstep.
- Along the bustling harbour you will see stands for various companies that offer boat trips to The Farne Islands. Their journeys are carefully coordinated so that no two boats arrive at The Farne Islands at the same time, so each have different departure times which we advise you check online before arriving. Golden Gate are an excellent option, and they are the only company to offer dog friendly boat trips. Their ticket office is based on the harbour (please note that they only accept cash). Billy Shiel boat trips are another great option, and their ticket office is also based on the harbour, plus tickets can be bought in advance online.
- Once you have your tickets and your departure time organised, all aboard the boat for an incredible tour of The Farne Islands! These fascinating, National Trust-protected islands are tiny, rocky islands that are the perfect natural habitat for seals, many species of seabird and other wildlife. One of their most famous sea-birds are their puffins, who visit annually in order to mate and hatch their pufflings on land.
- Your route will depend on which trip you decide to book, but you will certainly visit seal colonies, get fantastic views of the thousands of sea-birds that line the rocky cliff edges, and enjoy the breath-taking views of the surrounding waters and Bamburgh Castle in the distance. Dolphin-sightings are also common around The Farne Islands, so keep your eyes peeled and you may just see them darting and dancing in the water.
- Many boat trips involve landing at The Inner Farne or Staple Island, where thousands of sea-birds live during their mating season. Visiting these islands is an incredible and unusual experience, and if you would like more information and tips before you visit, see our blog.
- Eventually, your trip will unfortunately have to end as you return to solid land. You could head back to The Bamburgh Castle Inn for some lunch before you depart, or seek out one of the many other cosy cafés or fresh seafood restaurants in Seahouses.