Northumberland Coast is a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is steeped in cultural heritage. Northumberland has some of the best coastlines in the UK with beautiful, unspoilt beaches and magnificent castles including Bamburgh and the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh. The magical serenity of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a 15-minute drive and accessible only by low tide, Causeway crossings timetable here Whether on a walking or cycling holiday, outdoor activity holiday or for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, there is something for everyone in our beautiful county. The Cheviots, Northumberland National Park and Scottish Borders are within a hours’ drive. The Northumberland Coast and surrounding countryside is a photographers’, birdwatchers’ and walkers’ and cyclist heaven!
Houses, Castles and Gardens: Howick Hall Arboretum; Paxton House; Dunstanburgh Castle; Warkworth Castle; Preston Tower; Norham Castle. The National Open Gardens Scheme host a number of private gardens to visit in Northumberland and the Borders, throughout the summer months.
Farne Island Boat Trips: There are several boat trips to choose from and durations including puffin and sunset cruises. The Golden Gate (George Shiel) is the only licenced boat to land on Longstone Island. Trips can be booked online via their website. Longstone Lighthouse is the former home of the famous Victorian heroine, Grace Darling and is open to visitors. The RNLI Grace Darling Museum is located in Bamburgh and entry is free of charge.
Towns: Visit the lovely town of Alnwick; explore Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Gardens and the amazing Barter Books set in Alnwick’s former railway Victorian railway station. This wonderful second-hand bookshop is one of the largest in the UK and is home to the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster. On the subject of railways and trains, why not take a ride on a real steam train at Aln Valley Railway located just outside Alnwick.
Further north is England’s most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed with its’ stunning river aspect and three bridges spanning across the River Tweed. Take a stroll around the historical Elizabethan Walls, Military Barracks, Art Galleries and a range of independent shops and cafes. Berwick-upon-Tweed was a favourite place of the famous 20th Century painter, Lawrence Stephen Lowry, where he gained inspiration for his paintings.
Outdoor Activities: For those who love golf; Goswick Golf Club is ranked in the top 50 courses in the UK and set in a beautiful coastal location. Horse Riding and Trekking (Swinhoe Riding School); Canoeing and Kayaking (Active4Seasons); Windsurfing and Sailing (Coquet Shorebase Trust); Surfing (N E Surf
For the more daring, see Northumberland from a different perspective – from the air! Eshott Airfield, based north of Morpeth offer a range of different flights including Coast and Castles, 30 min and 60 min flights available.
There is comprehensive and useful information on the area, places to visit and the coast, at Northumberland Coast AONB website