If there’s one place you need to visit within the North East, it’s Bamburgh and Seahouses! Stunning, traditional seaside villages packed with gift shops, ice cream kiosks and cafes. If you were going to picture a traditional British seaside town in your head, this is what you would imagine. If you’re planning a trip, here’s your ultimate guide!
Things to do
Learn Fascinating Facts at The Grace Darling Museum
Bamburgh is home to the Grace Darling Museum which commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine, who risked her life to rescue nine survivors from the wrecked SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838 at only aged 22. The museum was originally opened on this site in 1938 - and today it’s a stylish and environmentally friendly building that does justice to the displays, events and research that takes place here.
Learn about Grace’s story through her personal items, including letters, family portraits and the famous coble used in the rescue. And find yourself transported back to 1838 with our audio-visual tools and a stunning model of the Longstone lighthouse.
Admire pretty streets in Bamburgh village
Bamburgh is full of stunning views - think classic British village and you’ve got it! The streets are brimming with quaint little shops and cafes, perfect for a day out. With Bamburgh castle set in the background, it’s tricky to not fall in love with the scenery.
Take a trip to the Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland. Home to thousands of seals, puffins and over 100,000 seabirds, that call our special place home each year. In fact, Sir David Attenborough called the Farne Islands his favourite place in the UK to see 'magnificent nature'.
Not only that, but the Islands have a deep history stretching back as far as the year 676 when St Cuthbert moved to the island to live a life of solitude on Inner Farne. In 684 he was informed he had been elected Bishop of Lindisfarne.
Though, people have been living on the islands for centuries; hermits, monks, lighthouse keepers, soldiers and even shipwrecked sailors. An amazing place to visit for nature lovers and historians alike.
Visit Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle has stood guard above the spectacular Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. It is one of the most majestic and impressive castles in North England.
Archaeologists often dig here in the summer as there is evidence of settlements on the site from long before the current castle was built. Bamburgh Castle is the ancient home of the Kings of Northumbria, who you can learn more about at the exhibitions in the castle.
Places to eat / drink
The Potted Lobster
If you’re looking for the best seafood in town, The Potted Lobster is the place to go! They describe their restaurant as a “unique and relaxed dining experience with a menu packed with fresh, locally sourced seafood” - lush! Their restaurant has a warm and naturally rustic feel ideal for any season. If that doesn’t impress you, I’m sure the location will. With Bamburgh castle as a backdrop and postcard perfect cobbled streets, it becomes the most magical place. Pop in for a bite and see what you fancy.
Copper Kettle Tearooms
If it’s afternoon tea and cake you’re looking for, we suggest checking out the Copper Kettle Tearooms. All of their food is home-prepared and freshly made - the perfect midday treat. They’ve actually been described as one of the finest tearooms in the country, so definitely worth a visit. Oh, and they’re dog friendly too!
Where to stay
If you are looking for a short break, staying in a bed and breakfast is a great way to get to know the area. The owners can provide a more personal service than staying in a hotel. We recommend staying at Budle Hall, a highly-rated, family run country house. The Hall boasts stunning views across Budle Bay to Holy Island as well as beautiful countryside landscapes.
They have a range of facilities including parking, WiFi access and pets are welcomed on agreement.
How to get there
Bamburgh is approximately midway between Berwick Upon Tweed and Alnwick. If by car, travelling northbound on the A1 turn off at Adderstone services and follow the B1341 Bamburgh is about 5 miles or you can take the B1342 if travelling southbound. Alternatively the B1340 coastal road that takes you on a more leisurely route directly into Bamburgh.
There are also a number of buses and train services travelling from all directions.
And that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all about the best things to do in Bamburgh & Seahouses. Let us know in the comments if you’re planning a trip there yourself, or if you’re a local, what are some of your favourite hidden gems?