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Holidays in Warkworth

A lovely village on the River Coquet, guarded by a magnificent castle

Warkworth from above

Sitting less than a mile from the beach, Warkworth is an ancient and charming village on the Northumberland coast.

Visitors to the historic village will be struck by the majestic sight of Warkworth Castle rising up from the skyline. Set atop a rocky outcrop with the River Coquet looping around it below, it stands over the village at the head of the main street. At the other end of the street sits St. Lawrence’s Church, whose towering spire pierces the sky from its position next to the river.

A visit to Warkworth Castle should be top of your itinerary when staying in the village. Step back in time to the era of the powerful Dukes of Northumberland and imagine what it would have been like to live in the mighty fortress. Learn about the castle and its inhabitants with an audio tour and stop to admire the wonderful views which its enviable position affords from the castle walls. Complete your visit with a half-mile walk up the river to take a boat trip to the Hermitage, a religious building hewn from the rock.

"Though undeniably dominating, Warkworth is much more than its castle."

Warkworth offers a fantastic selection of independent shops, galleries and eateries. Work up an appetite with a stroll along the river, or take to the water in a rowing boat or canoe to admire the scenery from a different perspective. Keen golfers will enjoy a round at the Warkworth Golf Course, which can be reached on foot from the village.

Warkworth Castle

Beyond the golf course stretches the enticing expanse of golden sand that is Warkworth Beach. Ripe for sunbathing, dog walks (the beach is dog-friendly), surfing and beach games, it’s a lovely spot and one which visitors to the village often overlook.

Just outside Warkworth, Morwick Dairy is a welcome attraction, particularly on a hot summer’s day for a refreshing ice cream, but it’s also open at other times of year should the fancy take you. A favourite for families, you can treat the little ones to an ice cream and enjoy yours while they have a run around in the secure play area.

When you’re not roaming the castle walls, browsing the shops, indulging in a treat in a café or relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of places to visit nearby. A little further south along the coast is Druridge Bay where a magnificent swathe of beach is perfect for walks at all times of the year. The bay is backed by sand dunes, pools and Ladyburn Lake, as well as several nature reserves which are thronging with wildlife. For more nature watching, take a boat trip to see the puffins on Coquet Island, which hosts around 35,000 seabirds in the summer.

For more shopping opportunities, head to Amble Harbour Village (1.5 miles) to browse the retail ‘pods’ of independent artists and craftspeople. North of Warkworth along the coast are the villages of Alnmouth and Howick – both worth a visit during your stay.

Browse our collection of holiday cottages in Warkworth to find the perfect base for your explorations on the Northumberland coast.

While you’re there

Warkworth Castle

Explore the ruins of this impressive castle once inhabited by the Dukes of Northumberland.

Morwick Dairy

Indulge in a delicious ice cream while the children play on the play area.

Warkworth Beach

Relax, take a stroll or enjoy a dip in the sea on this beautiful sandy beach.

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