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A thriving fishing village with a charming harbour

Bamburgh Castle near Seahouses

Seahouses is an attractive village on the rugged Northumberland coast. It’s a fantastic base from which to explore this beautiful part of the UK, or simply watch fishing boats as they return to the harbour with their catch after a long day at sea. From Seahouses you can take a boat to the Farne Islands, which are home to an incredible variety of seabirds.

Seahouses is located within the Northumberland coast’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and as you make your way down to the village, it’s easy to see why it's loved. This dramatic stretch of coast is ideal for long, windswept walks and taking in beautiful views. Alternatively, take a wander around the village, where you‘ll find an interesting selection of shops and places to eat.

Seahouses is perhaps most famous for being the gateway to the wildlife-rich Farne Islands - a true must-visit destination for birdwatchers and outdoor explorers.

Visit the Farne Islands

From the village’s harbour you can take a boat to this wild seabird habitat. The Farne Islands is one of Europe's most important bird sanctuaries, and home to more than 20 species including puffins and terns. For boat trips from a couple of hours to a whole day exploring the islands, check out Billy Shiel's Boat Trips.

Seahouses is perfectly positioned to make the most of Northumberland’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which covers a 39-mile stretch of coast from Berwick to the Coquet Estuary. The area is dominated by vast sandy beaches, rolling dunes, towering cliffs and a scattering of isolated islands. The area is perfect for hiking, wildlife-watching and wild swimming.

You don’t have to go far from Seahouses to find a quiet beach to lay down a towel. Seahouses Beach itself is backed by gentle dunes and has an excellent view of the Farne Islands. Nearby is Bamburgh Beach, which is overlooked by an imposing castle. A couple of miles south of Seahouses is the pretty village of Beadnell, where you’ll find a magnificent golden-sand beach and an attractive harbour.

In the countryside surrounding Seahouses, you’ll discover historical buildings and gardens. A short drive away is Bamburgh Castle, a huge structure which spans 9 acres on a rocky outcrop, looking out to sea. At nearby Embleton Beach is Dunstanburgh Castle, a 14th-century fortress which is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the sea.

“Soak up the scenery as you make your way down to the village in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty...“

For a wander around some of Northumberland’s finest gardens, visit Horwick Hall Gardens, which are known for their stunning herbaceous borders and terraces.

There are a number of excellent cafes, restaurants and pubs in Seahouses. Perhaps the most atmospheric of all is The Olde Ship Inn, where the cosy, low-beamed bar area is full of nautical artefacts, and the kitchen serves a range of hearty meals.

While you’re there

The Farne Islands

Rocky islands with fascinating wildlife, visit by boat for a day trip

Preston Tower

14-century monument steeped in history and open to visitors

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most ancient and iconic buildings

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