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A picture-perfect village brimming with character

Alnmouth beachfront

Colourfully painted houses overlook the windswept Aln estuary in the peaceful village of Alnmouth. With its long, sandy beach and pretty rows of shops and cafes, it is undoubtedly one of Northumberland’s most attractive villages. Alnmouth is also an excellent base from which to explore the region’s rugged coast and welcoming seaside towns.

Alnmouth was an important grain port until Christmas Eve of 1806, when a fearsome storm changed the course of the river and cut of the village’s harbour. Today, it’s a peaceful place, surrounded by some of Northumberland’s most spectacular countryside. Alnmouth is a stone’s throw from miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. It’s a great place for an active, outdoor holiday, or to find a quiet spot on the beach and gaze out to sea.

View towards Alnmouth town

Walking, cycling, water-sports and golf are all easily accessible from the village, which has a selection of inviting shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. A short drive from Alnmouth is the bustling market town of Alnwick, the stunning Alnwick Gardens and the Farne Islands, one of Europe’s most important sanctuaries for seabirds.

For peace, tranquillity and a spot of sunbathing, look no further than Alnmouth Beach. You’ll find a quiet stretch of sand looking out on to a sweeping bay, perfect for hiking, sunbathing and swimming in the warmer summer months. The beach is a short walk from the village and has a car park and toilets.

Alnmouth is home to Northumberland’s – and quite possibly the UK’s – smallest museum. Tucked away by the harbour, you’ll find the Ferry Hut Museum. It used to be a shelter for the ferryman who took passengers back and forth across the River Aln. Now it’s a unique museum, full of local artefacts and not much bigger than a wardrobe.

Every June, Northumberland’s best artists gather in Alnmouth for Alnmouth Arts Festival. You’ll find exhibitions and stands throughout the village during this increasingly popular weekend-long event.

For a fairly small village, Alnmouth has a surprising number of good places to eat. For fresh, simple dishes including pan-fried scallops and honey-roasted gammon, try Bistro 23.

“Colourfully painted houses overlook the windswept Aln estuary in the peaceful village of Alnmouth.“

For warming broths and a pint of local ale, wander down to the Sun Inn, a traditional, cosy pub which serves as a social hub for the people of Alnmouth. If you’re after a delicious evening meal in atmospheric surroundings, try Hooked, a newcomer to the Alnmouth restaurant scene.

While you’re there

The Alnwick Garden

An expansive collection of gardens with a lovely restaurant and waterfall.

Warkworth Castle

Hilltop medieval castle ruins, a great family day out.

Druridge Bay Country Park

A living landscape, rich in wildlife. A great location for walks and picnics.

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