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Plan Your Day on Northumberland’s Coast

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Northumberland is home to some of the most beautiful and peaceful coastlines in the country. With 35 beaches to choose from, this scenic county is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway, extended school half term holiday break, or a memorable day trip.

Northumberland is home to some of the most beautiful and peaceful coastlines in the country. With 35 beaches to choose from, this scenic county is an excellent choice for a weekend getaway, extended school half term holiday break, or a memorable day trip.

To make the most of your day at the seaside, we’ve put together an easy guide for you to embrace all that Northumberland’s coast has to offer.


1. Choose your favourite Northumberland beaches to explore

Choosing the beaches you’d like to explore is an excellent place to start. From one-of-a-kind sunset spots to barely-touched hidden bays, our beaches offer a place for all the family. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:


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A prime Northumberland coastal destination for foodies and beach-lovers alike, Bamburgh is truly spell-binding. Take a magical beach walk with the grand Bamburgh Castle silhouette only a glance away. If you love Northumberland’s coastal walks, why not start your journey to Bamburgh Beach from Seahouses? After getting some fresh sea air, head to Bamburgh Village and explore its quaint cafes for a well-deserved treat.


Picture golden sands, water sports, and sand dunes. This is only a taste of what Beadnell Bay has to offer. Set in a horseshoe shape, Beadnell Bay has protected waters, making it a family favourite for water sports fans of all ages. Fancy trying your hand at kitesurfing, kayaking, or wakeboarding? Beadnell Bay has it all — including food and drinks spots with excellent local produce for a post-activity refill.

Druridge Bay

If you’re a nature lover, Druridge Bay is calling your name with its fabulous wildlife watching and bird-watching opportunities. Look out for wintering wildfowl, teal, and goldeneye. This seven-mile stretch of beach runs from Amble to Cresswell, opening up to the spectacular Northumberland Coast Path — perfect for avid walkers, horse riders, and cyclists

Low Newton

Low Newton by the Sea houses white fisherman’s cottages, quaint micro-breweries, and a picturesque sandy beach. Home to the charming Embleton Bay, this National Trust site may be small but it has plenty to offer. Explore rock pools, paddle in the shallows, or marvel at the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle across the distance.


Looking for an Insta-worthy getaway? Newbiggin-by-the-Sea offers glowing sunrises and fiery sunsets to light up your grid. 

Spot the dolphins that frequently visit the bay, admire Sean Henry’s ‘Couple’ sculpture, and spend time in The Newbiggin Maritime Centre to learn about this town’s rich history, culture, and heritage. If you’re heading to Northumberland with your four-legged friend and are in need of beaches suitable for dogs, Newbiggin is for you. It’s also accessible, with wheelchairs to hire and ramps leading to Newbiggin’s shore.

Don’t forget — these are just five of the best Northumberland beaches. You can find more Northumberland coast destinations that are areas of outstanding beauty in the region using our handy map tool.

2. Find a place to stay near the coast


One of the best places to stay in Northumberland is near the coast. It’s the most effective way to get an idea of town and seaside life — side-by-side. 

Northumberland’s bed & breakfasts, hotels, inns, and hostels are an excellent choice if you’d prefer the luxury of serviced accommodation. Put your feet up after a day’s adventure, and dine in-house to try some of the freshest seafood available.

Fancy going off-grid in Northumberland? Take a look at our self-catering accommodation choices, or why not sleep under the stars by camping or glamping? If you’re on a family trip for the school holidays, Northumberland also features renowned caravan sites and holiday parks for all the family to enjoy.

Everyone should be able to enjoy the charm of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which is why many areas offer accessible accommodation. From local B&Bs set upon hilltops to old farmhouses surrounded by wildlife, it’s a chance for everyone to experience Northumberland’s beauty. You can find out more about accessible accommodation and accessible places to visit with our guide to accessibility in Northumberland.

3. Plan your beach activities in Northumberland

You’ve chosen your dream beach getaway area and your accommodation is booked to round off your day out — the only thing left? Start booking your coastal activities for some exciting things to do.

The Coast and Castles Cycle Route

The Northumberland coast boasts an array of castles, perfect for spotting as you pass by on two wheels.  This iconic Northumbrian cycle route covers 192 miles, stretching from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Sites you can expect to see include Tynemouth Priory and the Berwick Walls — not to mention an array of castles. From Alnwick Castle and Bamburgh to Dunstanburgh and, of course, Edinburgh, it's the ideal route for castle enthusiasts.

Explore the castles


But why just pass these castles when you could explore them? Stand 150 feet above the Northumberland coast path and visit the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. Enjoy sweeping views and explore the treasure-lined staterooms.

You can also pop over to Warkworth Castle, above the River Coquet, for a chance to see how the powerful Dukes of Northumberland once lived. 

Alternatively, adrenaline-seekers can get ‘marooned’ on Holy Island with a visit to Lindisfarne Castle. This spectacular castle has been a main attraction for years. Walk around the enchanting walled garden, and learn about the wonder of the lime kilns — a nod to Lindisfarne’s industrial past.

Walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh

Craster to Dunstanburgh is an easy walk for all the family, offering sea views and a constant view of Dunstanburgh Castle. What’s better, it’s mostly grass and flat so it’s suitable for an all-terrain pushchair. Take breaks on the stoney beaches along the way — perfect for exploring and climbing. 

Try your hand at watersports 

Northumberland is home to some of the best beaches for taking a dip in the water and trying out some watersports. From paddleboarding and kayaking to surfing lessons, experience the thrill of the sea.

4. Decide where to eat and drink by the sea

If you like to eat local, then Northumberland’s seafood selection is second to none — and where better to try it than along the coast? From lobster hatcheries to trusty fish and chip shops and Michelin-star gems, you’ll find traditional dishes and haute cuisine at restaurants up and down the Northumberland coast. Fancy a night-in? Order from one of Northumberland’s takeaways for a delicious, fresh taste from the comfort of your accommodation.

Explore the coast with Visit Northumberland

There’s no better time to explore the stunning Northumberland coast — make the most of its barely-trodden beaches, local seafood eateries, and historic sites. Whether it’s a family day out or a well-deserved weekend retreat, plan your visit to Northumberland today.

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