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There is much to interest visitors to Northumberland; a stunning coastline, beautiful islands, castles, gardens and lovely countryside.

Many places of interest are within easy travelling distance of Craster, which is well placed to act as a base to explore the whole of Northumberland.

A typical car journey time from Craster is given for each location listed below.

Along the Coast

Craster is in the middle of the Northumberland Coast Area of Natural Beauty, a coast of national importance because of its beauty, divergence of natural habitats and its historical heritage.

Puffin in flight over Inner Farne

Seahouses There is a RNLI station and shop, a National Trust shop, a TIC, as well as gift shops and the opportunity to enjoy fish and chips! Walks north and south take you to stunning beachers and rocky foreshores, with great views of the Farnes. (20min)

This busy tourist centre offers sea, fishing, diving trips as well as boat trips to the Farne Islands to see the sea bird and seal colonies. Journey out with Billy Shiels, Serenity, or MV Golden Gate, also diving and wildlife trips with William Shiel.

Check out sea conditions with Billy Shiels web cam, which is on the shore looking out to the Inner Farne.

Bamburgh Castle One of the most spectacular castles in the country, with a magnificent coastal setting. Also visit the Grace Darling Museum (now offering free entry) and St Aidan's Church. (25min)

Berwick upon Tweed Explore the old town walls, follow the Lowry Trail and enjoy the Georgian architecture of this ancient town. (60min)

Lindisfarne, Holy Island Drive across the causeway to visit this unique island. See the Lindisfarne Castle, Gertrude Jekyl’s Garden, the Lindisfarne Priory and explore the island. (60min)

Enjoy a visit to Lindisfarne, but check safe crossing times to Holy Island. The causeway is covered twice a day by the North Sea.

The tide rises quickly and every year holiday makers appear in the local paper and sometimes on the national news, having lost their car to the sea and having only narrowly avoided tragedy, due to the prompt action of the rescue teams.

Alnmouth Formerly a busy port, this charming seaside settlement offers a wonderful place to get away from it all. Lovely beaches, a good range of pubs and restaurants and an excellent links golf course provide plenty to hold your interest. (25min)

Warkworth Castle and HermitageThe setting is beautiful and the 'keep' marvelously intact. The village of Warkworth is charming, featuring pubs, cafes, galleries and local walks. (30min)

Amble A working harbour, with boat trips around Coquet Island - Puffin Cruises

High and Low Tides

Is the tide is out revealing large tracts of golden sand or is it high tide and there is plenty of water in the harbour? Find out from the BBC Tide Table. The link shows the times for North Sunderland, which is better known as Seahouses. There are separate pages for Holy Island and Amble. The high and low tides for Craster will typically be a few minutes later than the times for Seahouses and earlier than for Amble.

Travelling away from the coast

If you can tear yourself away from the coast, there is much to interest visitors.

Alnwick is a small market town that has retained its character. Market days are Saturday & Thursdays and there is a Farmers’ Market on the last Friday in each month. Early closing day is on Wednesday. (20min)

Barter Books is located in the old station buildings and houses a huge selection of second hand books. Teas, coffees and ‘Barter Bikkies’ can be bought very reasonably and customers are able to relax in front of open fires in cold weather. Parking is available, but space is limited. Bailiffgate Museum offers an interesting insight into the past.

Alnwick Castle and Garden are open to the public. Meals and snacks are available in the garden and in the Tree House Café.

Download a Town Plan of Alnwick (6.4Mb)

Cragside, Rothbury - National Trust , the first house in the world to be powered by hydro-electricity. (30min)

Wallington, Cambo - National Trust, beautiful house and gardens, pre-Rapaelite murals. (60min)

Chillingham Castle, a beautiful medieval structure famous for its ghosts and the Chillingham Wild Cattle, a unique herd of ancient cattle. (50min)

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Nr Morpeth - English Heritage, A stunning combination of attractions. (60mins)

Brinkburn Priory A peaceful historical site, near Longframlington,that is full of interest and features regular musical presentations as part of the English Heritage entrance price. (45min)

Bide a Wee A beautiful small garden near Morpeth. (50min)

Ford and Etal Estates, including Etal Castle and Heatherslaw Water Mill with the light railway along the banks of the beautiful River Till. Also visit nearby Flodden, the atmospheric site of one of the key battles in English and Scots history and Lady Waterford Hall, beautifully decorated with many paintings by Victorian artist. (70min)

Hadrian's Wall a World Heritage Site. (105min)

Wooler, a base for exploring the Cheviots. (60min)

By Bus

Craster has the benefit of a regular bus service, which links it to Alnwick, Berwick and north and south along the coast.

Arriva Northumberland run a service Monday to Saturday and a limited service on Sunday. Alnwick, Alnmouth, Boulmer, Longhoughton,  Craster, Embleton, High Newton, Beadnell, Seahouses, Bamburgh, and Budle Bay and on to Berwick are all on the route. Their Traveline No. is 0871 200 22 33.

Travelsure also provide a service along the coast.Their contact number is 01665 720955.

For further information, the staff in the local Tourist Information Centres Craster TIC and Alnwick TIC are very helpful and knowledgeable.

Inner Farne from the mainland

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