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Famed for its kippers and some of the UK's most striking castle ruins

Craster Harbour

Craster is a small harbour village on the Northumberland coast. Instead of the typical beaches you expect to find by the sea, Craster has an intriguing rocky coastline making it a favourite for keen walkers and amateur geologists.

A short walk along the coast from the village is the imposing 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle, the dramatic ruins of which command spectacular views of the surrounding area and out to sea. Managed by English Heritage, it is one of the most starkly attractive ruined castles on the east coast. It played an important part in the War of the Roses but was sacked and left to fall into ruin shortly afterwards. Features include an impressive twin-towered keep, and some dramatic views ripe for the perfect photo opportunity.

Dunstanburgh Castle

The village is also known for the local delicacy, Craster Kippers. L. Robson and Sons Ltd is a fourth-generation family business, famous across the UK and the world for oak-smoked kippers and salmon. Historically, kippers would have been landed in the tiny harbour at Craster and taken directly to the curing sheds. In the sheds the herring get sorted, some to be salted down in barrels to export throughout Europe, and the others to be kippered.

Craster is close to Alnwick for a good range of amenities and places to stock up on food for self-catering. The town has its own castle, seen in the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (1991), and a lovely countryside estate at Hulne Park featuring the curious Brizzlee Tower. Best known for its attractive architecture and potted history, it’s well worth a visit.

The best walk in the Craster area is the Northumberland Coast Path that runs about 90 miles from Cresswell in the south, to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. The clearly signposted path crosses Northumberland's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Split into six manageable chunks, the section through Craster runs to Seahouses taking in dramatic cliffs, secluded coves and charming fishing villages.

“Craster has an intriguing rocky coastline making it a favourite for keen walkers and amateur geologists.”

Our Craster cottages are a great base from which to explore Northumberland’s entire stunning coastline, or stay close to the village to discover the historic harbour and sample the local fish in Craster’s restaurants.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Craster. Why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Dunstanburgh Castle

Enjoy amazing coastal views and fresh sea air from the ruins of this 14th-century castle.

Howick Hall Gardens

Award-winning coastal gardens; inspiring for even the least green-fingered visitor!

The Mick Oxley Gallery

Take home a beautiful original artwork to remind you of the Northumberland coast.

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