June 1, 2017
Northumberland has fast become one of the most popular getaways in the UK and the number of holiday makers visiting its coast is only set to rise. This is especially after Countryfile has dubbed it the Holiday Destination of the Year in 2017. It boasts some of the best beaches in the country and, with over 30 miles to explore, there is such an eclectic mix to choose from. For example, there are beaches with beautiful golden sands that are a firm favourite with families; there are beaches with ancient ruins bordering the dunes and there are ones that are specifically used for water sports due to the tides and waves.
This guide will give an insight into some of the coastal points to visit to really make the most of your Northumberland stay.
No Northumberland holiday should be booked without going through a reputable accommodation company. You’ll find some great options in Seahouses. This town is incredibly quaint and offers a nostalgic feel of seaside holidays from your childhood. The harbour is still very much in use today and is the livelihood of the town and you will see the boats constantly streaming in and out, their wares being taken and sold within Seahouses itself.
If you fancy a taste of the sea, you can visit the Swallow Fish, the oldest smokehouse in the county, to see where the local catch gets its incredible taste before heading to The Fisherman’s Kitchen to sample the finest fish of the Northumberland coast.
If shopping is more your style, Seahouses is well-known for its array of shops that cater for everyone; there are clothes shops, jewellery shops and memorabilia shops to explore and buy souvenirs from.
If you’re looking for an adventure, you can also take a boat from Seahouses to the surrounding islands, such as Farne Island where you can observe over 150,000 different species of sea bird all in one place - including the puffins. Seahouses is a typical seaside town that really has something for everyone and it is a must-see part of Northumberland.
Newbiggin by the Sea is another popular holiday destinations in Northumberland due to the fact that it has so many attractions that cater for the young and old. It has been a firm favourite with many since the 1930s where it was deemed an important social spot for locals and visitors alike.
Today, it still attracts tourists to its shore every year, offering them a wide range of attractions to explore such as the art trail that exhibits art work from the locals including Sean Henry’s 12.5 metre Couple sculpture. There is a downloadable map on the Visit Newbiggin website, so you can take in the sights of the town and also delve into the artistic culture at the same time.
If art isn’t your thing, you can take a stroll down Northumberland’s longest promenade or you could head over to St Bartholomew’s Church to find out more about the 13th century religious house. There is so much to see and do in Newbiggin by the Sea that it will make the perfect day trip for the whole family.