Craster is a small and beautifully formed fishing village on the Northumberland coastline. From the rocky shore, you can enjoy magnificent views of the sea and the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle, which towers above. The castle is one of the largest and most impressive in northern England and can be reached by a picturesque coastal footpath leading from the village and across a patchwork of fields.
With an array of quaint and cosy cottages in Craster, visitors to the region can do as little or as much as they like. A wealth of attractions including Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden, Bamburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle are all within easy reach, meaning you’ll have no trouble finding plenty of things to keep you busy during your stay. The nearby Howick Hall Gardens, located in Alnwick was once home to Earl Grey - offering an ideal opportunity for visitors to Northumberland to enjoy a taste of local history, along with some truly stunning views. For visitors in search of adventure, local activities include sea fishing, horse riding and golf.
Craster is perhaps most well-known for its world famous smoked Kippers, a fish that is still prepared by the original company 'L Robson and Sons Ltd' in the traditional way in oak smoked barrels. It is loved by people throughout the country and is even exported overseas. Why not sample some for yourself in The Craster Seafood Restaurant?
There is another great restaurant in the village with fantastic sea views, The Jolly Fisherman, where you can dine on local produce along with the dog-friendly Shoreline Café, a bustling hub serving great food and coffees. Here, you can pick up daily essentials like milk, breakfast cereal, tomato sauce and so on, plus some wonderful seaside mementos and postcards.
National Trust/English Heritage's Dunstanburgh Castle and the lovely walk to it, is easily reached from the front doors of our Craster cottages. There are also several scenic walks from Craster to enjoy, suitable for all ages. Walking North, there is a circular stroll of about six miles - this route follows the spectacular Northumberland Coast, passing the ruins of the castle, heading inland and returning to Craster via the bracken and heather covered slopes of The Heughs. There is also a brisk reasonably-accessible trail along the coastline, and a southbound route taking you close to Howick Hall and Gardens. Walk to the South and you will see some mesmerising scenery before arriving at Cullernose Point, a fine example of the basaltic cliffs which are a significant feature of the local landscape. You may recognise certain locations due to the area’s popularity with television and film makers including the ITV comedy drama ‘Distant Shores’.
If you’re holidaying in Craster, accommodation throughout the region offers much more than just a place to rest and recharge. With awe-inspiring panoramic views of the harbour and beyond, you’ll need more than just a few days to explore all that this beautiful village has to offer.