Holidays in Craster
Offering a convenient base for some of the region's most exciting activities and attractions, Craster is one of many popular places to stay in Northumberland. Famous for its scenic harbour and, subsequently, the much-loved Craster kippers, this peaceful seaside village is an ideal spot for Northumberland coastal walks and a fantastic place to sample the local delicacies.
Our guide to holidays in Craster includes everything from sensational seafood to the dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle - and once you've finished exploring the attractions this area has to offer, you can kick back in one of our cosy coastal cottages situated along the stunning harbour.
Things to do in Craster
Dunstanburgh Castle sits atop the rocky Northumberland coastline and makes an ideal spot for watching the waves crash against the shore and witnessing the incredible, overpowering scale of the structure itself. Formerly one of the finest and largest fortifications in Northern England, these dramatic ruins are managed by English Heritage - and you can find opening times for 2015/16 right here.
Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve is situated within Craster Heugh and provides a crucial habitat for a number of breeding and migrating bird species. On top of offering unobscured views of Dunstanburgh's breath-taking ruins, the reserve is the first port of call for birds migrating across the North Sea and home to a selection of beautiful tree and flower species.
Craster Kippers are brought to seafood lovers across the UK by L. Robson & Sons - a family-run business famous for perfecting the art of traditional kipper and salmon smoking. With their own specialist shop and restaurant, L. Robson & Sons brings locals and tourists alike an authentic taste of Northumberland with the added bonus of friendly local service.
Pubs and restaurants in Craster
The Jolly Fisherman Inn is without doubt one of the finest pubs in Craster, with a scrumptious food menu to boot. Boasting a fine selection of local ales on top of a first-grade selection of seafood-based dishes, including their famous crab sandwiches, this pub is one of Northumberland's true hidden gems and an essential rest stop for any visitors to the area.
The Craster Seafood Restaurant is home to the aforementioned Craster Kippers and offers everything from quick lunchtime bites to gourmet dining options. With stunning harbour views and a collection of delicious daily specials, this is one of the most popular Craster restaurants - and its reputation is well-deserved.
Shoreline Cafe is the ideal place for a light lunchtime meal or to retreat indoors from Craster's unpredictable weather! Whether you're on holiday with the family and looking for a menu everyone can enjoy or in the midst of a romantic break for two, Shoreline Cafe is a tasty and affordable way to spend some time in Craster.
Piper's Pitch is a locally renowned catering van located in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Craster – and should certainly not be overlooked as a great place to taste delicious local food. Piper's Pitch is home of the famous Craster ‘Kipper in a bun' and the Auchtermuchty sandwich, both well loved by visitors and locals alike.
The Cottage Inn is situated in Dunstan, just 10 minutes' walk from Craster and a stone's throw from the route to Dunstanburgh Castle. Combining a relaxed local atmosphere with meticulously prepared food, this dog friendly restaurant always promises a warm Northumbrian welcome.
Getting to Craster
If you’re planning a holiday in Craster, Northumberland’s transport network will help you get around the region. This picturesque fishing village is about 7 miles north-east of Alnwick and is situated within the Northumberland Coast's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Craster is a quaint and peaceful village, ideal for refreshing coastal walks and within walking distance of the magnificent Dunstanburgh Castle. Luckily, getting there is a piece of cake.
By car: take the B1340 from Alnwick and follow signs for Craster from there. Brown tourism signs for Dunstanburgh will take you towards the castle itself. To find Craster Car Park, enter the postcode NE66 3TW and let your Sat-Nav take it from there.
By bus: if you're en route to Craster, both the 418 and X18 Arriva buses operate via Craster and cover the surrounding area. Catch the 418 to travel from Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed via Craster, or get the X18 to travel direct to the village from Newcastle.
By train: Alnmouth is your nearest mainline station, connecting Newcastle and Edinburgh. Get off here and you can take either the X18 or 418 bus the rest of the way.
Craster holiday cottages
In Craster, accommodation coupled with superb scenic views isn't hard to find. Craster cottages come with stunning panoramic views of the village's beautiful harbour and all the comforts of home.
Harbour House is one of Craster's most beautiful cottages, situated right on the Northumberland coastline and just a short walk from the path to Dunstanburgh Castle - while Beggars Roost is a cosy, stone-built cottage that sleeps up to four, with a beautiful patio out back. But whichever of our Craster cottages you choose for your stay, you're guaranteed a great night's sleep.
Explore our Craster cottages online today to find your perfect match.