Seahouses village in Northumberland

Explore Seahouses

A long history of fishing makes the popular village of Seahouses both fascinating and beautiful. Experience local wildlife and gorgeous beaches, enjoy fresh fish and chips and crazy golf, and take a scenic walk along the harbour.

A historic fishing village

This colourful fishing village has a bustling harbour, a number of shops, some of the best ‘takeaway’ fish and chips in Northumberland and plenty of ways to see the local wildlife. A huge attraction to Seahouses is its boat trips to The Farne Islands, where you can see puffins during spring and summer, grey seal colonies and an array of other wildlife throughout the year. You can pre-book trips with boat companies such as Billy Shiel and Serenity boat trips, or simply walk to the harbour and book your trip at one of the huts there.

Seahouses is also a fantastic base for exploring Northumberland's coastline. You can see Bamburgh Castle in the distance while you are exploring this bustling village, as well as views of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle a little further in the distance. Roam the beaches for the best views, taking your newly-purchased fishing nets, buckets and spades to go rock pooling. You can go body boarding in the sea and explore the sand dunes.

As well as the wonderful wildlife and coastline, Seahouses is known for its history surrounding iconic Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) figure Grace Darling. She and her father took a rowing boat out to sea from Seahouses and managed to save many people after the Forfarshire fishing boat crashed into rocks. An RNLI lifeboat at Seahouses bears the name Grace Darling in her honour.

Seahouses’ fishing past lives on at Swallow Fish, who have been smoking on site since 1843. Visitors are also welcome at The Fisherman’s Kitchen, where historic fishing memorabilia and curios are displayed alongside the local catch-of-the-day.

At the end of a busy day exploring Seahouses and some of the best of Northumberland’s coastal paths, you can enjoy a pint and fresh fish and chips at a local restaurant - you can even see the stunning Bamburgh Castle from the Bamburgh Castle Inn. Whether you’d like to see Holy Island from afar, putt away at crazy golf, or visit the pristine coastline, there’s always something to experience in Seahouses.

Seahouses FAQs

Seahouses is the market town for the surrounding villages of Beadnell and Bamburgh and numerous smaller hamlets.

The village now known as Seahouses was originally named Sunderland, then North Sunderland (to distinguish it from the Wearside city of the same name) and was a mile or so inland from the sea. When a purpose built fishing community was built by the sea it comprised small cottages or ‘sea houses’. With the coming of the railway, two stations were built on the branch line from Chathill. North Sunderland had its own station and the station at the end of the line by the sea was called Seahouses. Thus over the years as the rail-borne tourists spent more time by the sea, the whole community became known by the name Seahouses. Locals still differentiate however and North Sunderland still has its own identity but it is a friendly relationship between the two parts of the village!

A long history of fishing makes the popular village of Seahouses both fascinating and beautiful. Experience local wildlife and gorgeous beaches. Seahouses is known to many as the gateway to the Farne Islands.

Discover some of the best food produced in Northumberland with dining options in Seahouses, including The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses Cafe and the Black Swan Inn.

Seahouses is situated between the towns of Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a short 30 minute drive from Seahouses. Take a look at our travel tips to help plan your journeys around the region as you visit some of our most popular destinations.

Seahouses from Alnwick is a short car drive of around 25 minutes, with scenic views to enjoy as you head from the historic town of Alnwick to one of Northumberland’s most beautiful coastal destinations.

To the north and south of the town there are sweeping sandy beaches.

Yes, dogs are allowed on the beach all year around.

Yes, you can walk along the beach from Seahouses to Bamburgh. It is approximately 3 miles one way.

The tide times change daily, for up to date times please check here.

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