Northumberland, England: explore the heritage coast

Why go there?

The Northumberland coast between Blyth and Berwick-upon-Tweed is packed with world-class historical sites, long, empty beaches and breathtaking landscapes. See windswept islands, medieval market towns and important wildlife reserves. It’s no surprise that this entire coast has been judged an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What to do

Avoid the A1 and enjoy an unforgettable drive along the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island and also see England’s greatest sequence of coastal castles. Look out too for the bustling little seaside resort of Seahouses, quaint fishing village of Newton-by-the-Sea and extraordinary modern sea sculptures at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Where to stay and eat

Relax in The Victoria Hotel on Bamburgh’s village green (rooms from £40 per person per night), which offers views over Bamburgh Castle, or choose the award-winning St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses (rooms from £110 for a double room), which is set in a 200-year-old converted chapel.

The route