Boasting an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Northumberland Coast is a breathtaking expanse of picturesque landscapes that stretches for 40 miles (64km) along the shoreline. With its wide-open, sandy beaches, medieval castles, quaint fishing villages, and an abundance of wildlife, this fascinating coastal region has something to offer visitors from all walks of life.
Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or history, the Northumberland coast will not disappoint. Here are some of the unforgettable experiences that await you.
Golden Sandy Beaches
The stunning coastline lives up to its reputation with seemingly endless stretches of golden sandy beaches. Bamburgh Beach, with its imposing castle backdrop and azure waters, is a popular choice for families and surfers alike. Embleton Bay is another gem, providing panoramic views that make it well worth the walk along the beach. For a lesser-known retreat, try Cocklawburn Beach near Berwick-upon-Tweed – this secluded spot is perfect for rock pooling or fossil hunting.
Castles with a View
Northumberland is home to more castles than any other region in England – many can be found strategically placed along the coast. The magnificent Bamburgh Castle stands tall on an elevated position overlooking the beach below. It’s rich in history dating back over 1,400 years.
Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island provides another unforgettable experience – only accessible via a causeway during low tide; a trip here allows visitors to temporarily step away from the world outside as they explore this beautiful tidal island.
Alnwick Castle might ring a bell with fans of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey – you can tour both inside and out.
Nature lovers are in for a treat when visiting Northumberland. Farne Islands are home to thousands of seabirds including Atlantic Puffins and Arctic Terns between April and July. Paying a visit between May and July also presents the opportunity to catch sight of grey seals and their pups lounging on the rocks.
Onshore, birds like Avocets and Redshanks can be easily spotted at Newton Pool Nature Reserve near Low Newton by-the-Sea. If marine life fascinates you, head up towards Berwickshire to board one of their boat tours that showcase dolphins, minke whales, porpoises and more.
Step Back in Time with History & Heritage
Aside from its impressive castles, Northumberland carries centuries’ worth of history waiting to be discovered. Visit Holy Island’s Lindisfarne Priory – once one of England’s most important Episcopal sites – now largely ruined but still exuding spiritual beauty.
Then head southwards to unearth ancient wonders by visiting Warkworth Hermitage: a chapel carved into stone cliffs mere footsteps from River Coquet. Travel further back in time with The Alnmouth Giants’ archaeological display which showcases prehistoric animal remains unearthed nearby including mammoths and woolly rhinos- exhibited in Alnmouth Discovery Centre.
Wine & Dine on Local Delicacies
Reward your taste buds by indulging in local delicacies such as Lindisfarne Oysters or Craster Kippers (a famous type of smoked herrings). From quaint tearooms serving afternoon tea amidst scenic views in Low-Newton-by-the-sea to Michelin-recommended seafood restaurants at Seahouses harbor — food lovers will be spoilt for choice!