EXPLORING

Our Local Area

North Northumberland is a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is steeped in cultural heritage; together with stunning coastlines, unspoilt, tranquil beaches, stunning countryside and magnificent castles.  The beautiful Cheviot Hills and the magical serenity of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a short drive away which is accessible only by low tide, causeway crossings timetable here.  Take a journey through our videos on this page, which are guaranteed to whet your appetite! Whether by way of walking, cycling, photography or to simply relax, there is something for everyone in our beautiful county.  If a round of golf is on the cards, Goswick Golf Club is located right on the coast and ranked in the top 50 courses in the UK, (see Goswick Golf Club here)  We are also Tourism Ambassadors for Berwick-upon-Tweed and England’s Coast, so do not hesitate to ask us advice about places to visit, where to explore, places to dine and any other questions you may have.

Is a Farne Islands boat trip on your bucket list?  Boats sail from Seahouses, with different trips and durations; The Golden Gate (George Shiel) the only licenced boat to land on Longstone Island. Longstone Lighthouse is the former home of the famous Victorian heroine, Grace Darling and is opening again to visitors in 2021. Other boat operators are Serenity and Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips (hover over the names to access their websites for information). The Scottish Borders are a stone’s throw away, home to stately homes such Floors Castle in Kelso, Manderston House and Paxton House, together with many coastal and countryside walks. The Berwickshire Coastline is also worth a visit, take a trip to the lovely little fishing village of St Abbs. Additionally, the Northumberland Coastline and surrounding stunning countryside is a photographers’, birdwatchers’ and walkers’ heaven.  There are also a wide range of other great outdoor activities a short hop from us, including horse riding, (Swinhoe Riding School); canoeing and kayaking, (Active 4 Seasons); windsurfing and sailing, (Coquet Shorebase Trust).

Many landmarks in Northumberland have been used for filming including Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter’s Hogwarts & School of Wizardry, Robin Hood `Prince of Thieves’ and Downton Abbey).  Northumberland’s increasing popularity has also been heightened by various television series’ such as Robson Green’s Tales of Northumberland and more recently, the popular ITV detective drama series, `Vera’.

Plate of Food at a Local Restaurant

NORTHERN ENGLISH SLANG

‘Scran’

`Scran’ is Northern English slang for food. The expression has been widely used for centuries by the fishing/seafaring fraternity, as well as the Merchant and Royal Navy. We have an excellent, diverse range of local ‘scran’ establishments to appeal to all tastes, from the humble fish supper to fine dining. You will find delicious, locally-caught fish and seafood served in many of our pubs and restaurants.

We would suggest reserving tables for evening meals as establishments may still be operating on reduced seating capacity due to physical distancing. All establishments can be contacted by telephone, most have their own websites and some have their own on-line table reservation system.

If you wish to leave the car behind; Croft Taxis, our village taxi, offers a prompt and reliable service. Gordon can be contacted on 07803 496278. Taxi services are very limited in our rural area and are difficult to hail on the night, so advance booking is essential

OUR RECOMMENDED SELECTION OF

Local Eateries

Belford

  • Black Swan, Belford

  • Sunnyhills Farm Shop: Evening meals served until 8 pm (summer holidays only).  Open until 6 pm every day for light meals, sandwiches and afternoon teas. Thurs/Fri/Saturday until 8pm.

  • The Blue Bell Hotel (reopening in the summer)

Country Inns / Gastro Pubs

  • Apple Inn, Lucker

  • Black Bull, Lowick

  • Castle (Middle) Inn, Bamburgh

  • Joiners Arms, Low Newton-by-the Sea

  • Pack Horse, Ellingham

  • Percy Arms, Chatton

  • Ship Inn, Low Newton

  • Ship Inn, Holy Island

  • White Swan, Warenford

Bistros & Restaurants

  • Potted Lobster, Bamburgh

  • Barn at Beal (evening meals Thursday – Saturday)

  • Milan, Wooler: (Italian)

  • The School House, Lucker

  • Baileys at the Victorian Hotel, Bamburgh

  • Lord Crewe Arms, Bamburgh

  • Audela Restaurant, Berwick-upon-Tweed

  • Insieme, Seahouses: (Italian)

  • Foxtons Wine Bar & Restaurant, Berwick-upon-Tweed

  • St Aidan Bistro, Seahouses

Fish and Chip Restaurants / Takeaways

  • The John Dory Fish and Chip Shop, Belford: Take-away only. Open Tues/Wed/Thurs 5-8 pm Fri/Sat (pre-order)

  • Lewis’s, Seahouses

  • Pinnacles, Seahouses (Hairy Bikers favourite!)

  • Carlo’s, Alnwick

CASTLES, HOUSES AND

Gardens

Alnwick Castle: The second largest inhabited castle in England and has been home of the Percy Family for 700 years. A must-see, along with the beautiful Alnwick Gardens, with it’s magnificent water cascade; the construction of which was personally overseen by the Duchess of Northumberland.

Bamburgh Castle: This beautiful, majestic castle has the real `wow’ factor travelling in from the west and dropping down into the village of Bamburgh. One of the largest inhabited castles in the country and was owned by the first Lord Armstrong, the famous Victorian engineer.

Cragside, Rothbury: Another icon of Northumberland is the stunning country residence of Victorian pioneer, Lord Armstrong. Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Lord Armstrong designed and built all the hydro-electric power at Cragside and the house was totally `self-sufficient’ for electric.

Dunstanburgh: Erected in 1313 by Earl Thomas of Lancaster, the haunting, dramatic ruins are one of North Northumberland’s most iconic landmarks. The mile long walk from the delightful fishing village of Craster, famous for its’ kippers, is one of the most beautiful along this coastline.

Howick Hall Gardens: Home of the Grey Family, famous for Earl Grey Tea where it was founded. These beautiful gardens and arboretum are open mostly all year round – visit the Snowdrop display in February.

Lindisfarne and Holy Island: Holy Island is steeped in history and famous for its Christianity and medieval heritage. Lindisfarne Castle, is majestically perched on top of an outcrop and the interior was remodelled by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in the early 20th Century. Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle are only accessible by the road causeway at LOW TIDE (See times here)

Warkworth Castle: Another Percy family seat and its great Tower or cross-shaped keep was built over 600 years ago by the first Earl of Northumberland.  Experience first hand the Percy’s lavish lifestyle by visiting the Duke’s Rooms in the Keep which is almost complete. It is one of Northumberland’s most popular attractions along with the Hermitage and Warkworth village is well worth a visit.  Here you will find unique independent shops, tea rooms and pubs.

Alnwick Castle
Bamburgh Castle