Northumberland Coast for First-Timers

Swing along the coast past fishing villages, historic castles and nature preserves

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Feel the sand beneath your feet and the refreshing sea breeze in your hair with a visit to Northumberland’s magnificent coastline. With more than 30 miles of beaches, the Northumberland Coast is simply spectacular.

Seaside Towns of the Northumberland Coast

Promenade along piers, play at penny arcades and tuck into fish and chips whilst enjoying the sea view at retro-chic seaside towns such as Seahouses. Visit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, a seaside village making artistic waves with The Couples, Britain’s first permanent coastal sculpture. Discover picturesque fishing communities, clustered around sandy coves, like Newton-by-the-Sea.

Castles and a Holy Island

Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England.  Many of these castles, including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, stand guard along our dramatic coast. Drive across the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the birthplace of the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels. At the Lindisfane Centre, you can turn virtual pages of a facsimile version of the gospels.

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Wild Outdoor Adventures

Northumberland’s coast is a giant adventure park where you can enjoy adrenaline-pumping sports like coasteering, kite and wind surfing. Or just relax with a deck chair while the children build sandcastles and go rock pooling. Channel your inner David Attenborough with a visit to one of Northumberland’s amazing coastal nature reserves like the Farne Islands, Coquet Island and Druridge Bay.

Market Towns and Tea Gardens

Inland, head to the medieval market town of Alnwick, with its castle, celebrated garden and vintage shops. A visit to Howick Hall and Garden, the home of Earl Grey tea, is highly recommended for garden and tea lovers alike.

Finally, a History Lesson

Northumberland’s most northern area offers some thrilling history, with the Berwick Walls and ancient battlegrounds. Berwick-upon-Tweed has a rich culture, and inland you’ll find rolling hills and beautiful villages. Tap into a rich seam of history and celebrate Northumberland’s mining heritage at the award-winning Woodhorn Museum.

This itinerary is compliments of Northumberland Tourism.

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