The picturesque Northumberland holiday destinations of Alnmouth, Amble and Warkworth have a lot to offer visitors of all ages and interests. Take a break from your busy life to enjoy a round of golf or relax with an afternoon tea in the quaint village of Alnmouth, enjoy water sports, fishing and boating activities in the friendly market town of Amble, or take a scenic riverside stroll and explore the famous castle of the pretty village of Warkworth.
Located on a breathtaking stretch of the Northumberland coastline and along the meandering River Coquet, these destinations are perfect for a holiday in Northumberland, whether that be over a long weekend such as Easter, or on a summer family holiday.
Alnmouth is a picture-perfect holiday destination steeped in history on the Northumberland Coast, located on the golden sandy estuary between the River Aln and the sea. Alnmouth's fine sandy beach is overlooked by beautiful painted houses, with family-friendly parking available right at the front of the beach. The nearby nine-hole golf course has panoramic views of the area and is the oldest course in England. Call into the bite-size museum, The Ferryman’s Hut, thought to be the smallest museum in the country, boasting a wealth of local history and memorabilia. If you fancy exploring the area on two wheels, you can cycle the scenic Alnmouth way along the Castles Cycle Route .
With village shops, bars, restaurants, tea rooms and cafés, as well as a mainline train station with direct routes to London and Scotland - Alnmouth has plenty to offer visitors to the region. With a range of holiday cottages in Alnmouth, self-catering accommodation is never far away, making this the perfect place to enjoy a break away planned your way.
Amble is a super-friendly fishing village, located on the Northumberland Coast at the mouth of the River Coquet. The village is the perfect holiday base, providing visitors with plenty to see and do, without having to venture far from their holiday cottages. In Amble, you can visit Europe’s largest sundial in the Town Square, watch as the boats come and go from the award-winning marina and harbour, take a stroll around the circular route coastal walk and enjoy a Puffin Cruise on a lifeboat around Coquet Island.
Coquet Island is just a mile off the coast of Amble and is an RSPB designated site of special scientific interest. It is also home to the ruins of a medieval monastery, some 35,000 nesting birds in summer and a seal colony over 600 strong. Boat trips out to Coquet Island are run daily from the harbour throughout the summer season. Also close by is Druridge Bay Country Park, offering access to a beautiful stretch of unspoilt beach, as well as a stunning lake in a glorious setting which you can walk round – great for dogs and people who like a circular walk with a café and toilets at the beginning and end. There is plenty of parking here too (reasonable charges apply).
For visitors with families, there’s a beautiful beach at Amble Links, a treat-filled Sunday market and, for the more adventurous, exhilarating water sports at The Coquet Shorebase Trust water sports centre in Amble. Here, you can take lessons in sailing, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, power boating and even raft building!
Amble is also home to some great restaurants and bistros, such as ‘The Old Boathouse’ (booking recommended), Zecca’s Italian cuisine restaurant with a great deal for early diners, and the recently opened SeaSalt bistro and coffee shop on Queen Street. For ‘afters’ or simply a reward at the end of a day out exploring this fabulous coastline, you should definitely treat yourselves at the ‘boutique style’ ice cream parlour, Spurelli’s. The Fish and Chip shops in Amble are renowned in the Northumberland area as offering some of the tastiest fish and chips around – you might see the locals queuing. When you’re ready to rest and refuel, our welcoming and accommodating cottages in Amble will guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep.
Warkworth is a village with a long history, making it the perfect place for a holiday pitstop. Nestled beneath the spectacular hillside Warkworth Castle, there’s plenty of appeal for visitors to this part of Northumberland. Thanks to an annual Puffin Festival taking place every May and Spurelli’s award-winning ice cream ready to help you refuel, you can get up close with the local wildlife and enjoy the best of the region’s most famous foods. From rowing across the River Coquet to see the Warkworth Hermitage – a remarkable 14th century chapel hewn from the rock face, to exploring the harbour’s unique shopping pods, art galleries and wind-swept walks along the beach, whatever you’re looking for from your time in Warkworth, there’s something for everyone.
We have some fantastic holiday cottages available in the picturesque areas of Alnmouth, Warkworth and Amble. Why not take a look at our collection and be inspired?