village in Northumberland, United Kingdom

Seahouses is a small town on the Northumberland coast. It is both a key tourist attraction and a working fishing port. This travel guide also covers the village of Bamburgh.

Understand edit

Seahouses is a coastal village with a population of 1800, which is both a fishing port and a visitor destination.

Bamburgh has a population of 450, and has a long history and was a regional centre in 420AD. It is known for its castle and as the birthplace of Grace Darling famous for a sea rescue in 1838.

Get in edit

The main access is by road. The A1 trunk road provides the main access either south from Scotland or north from Newcastle upon Tyne. However to get to Seahouses you need to leave the main A1 and the town itself is accessed through the B1340. There is also access by sea as Seahouses is a working fishing port.

By bus edit

Arriva run buses from Newcastle upon Tyne via Morpeth and Alnwick. They also serve Bamburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Get around edit

Map of Seahouses

Seahouses is small enough to walk around. However it is not entirely flat and the road down to the harbour is quite steep. If you need a taxi then Hunters taxis are local, Tel: +44 1665 720400.

There are buses between Seahouses and Bamburgh, approximately one every two hours weekday daytime.

See edit

Seahouses harbour, looking north to Bamburgh castle.
  • The harbour. Usually very colourful, with stalls, boats and plenty of activity.
  • 1 Bamburgh Castle (3.5 miles NW from Seahouses). /Mid Feb - end Oct daily 10:00 - 17:00, winter weekends 11:00 - 16:30 (sometimes closed for filming). The castle's history goes back to 547, but the earliest remaining aprts were built by the Normans in 1095. It was bought by he Victorian industrialist William Armstrong (who also owned Cragside) in 1894 and is still owned by his family. Used as a location for several films. £10.75.    
  • 2 RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, NE69 7AE, +44 1668 214 910. Summer daily 10AM–5PM, winter Tu–Su 10AM–4PM. free.  
  • 3 Parish Church of Saint Aidan. A church from the 12th century on the site of a wooden church built by St Aidan in 635.

Do edit

Seahouses to Bamburgh castle - the beaches.
  • Walk 3.5 miles northwards on the sandy beach leading up to Bamburgh Castle. There are alternative inland routes if you want to return by a different way.
  • The sandy beach is a very popular walk for families, dogs and everyone. Sometimes you will catch brave people trying to surf but throwing a frisbee is a more popular and safe sport here.

Buy edit

Smoked salmon and kippers are a popular present to buy when you visit Seahouses.

  • Swallow Fish. The fishmongers is a good place to chose the best of the day's catch.

Eat edit

See the drink and sleep listings for alternatives.

  • Seahouses offers plenty of food restaurants and even more food stalls.
  • The Hut north edge of Bamburgh is a popular beach cafe open Tu-Su 09:00-16:00.

Drink edit

  • 2 Olde Ship Inn, Main St, NE68 7RD, +44 1665 720 200. food daily 8AM – 9PM. Pub with food (including outdoor tables), 12 bedrooms and 2 self-catering cottages. mains from £14.  

Sleep edit

Seahouses is very popular with tourists and many of the houses are second homes. There is a thriving market for self-catering in Seahouses [1] and of course there are also hotels.

  • 1 The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Main St, Seahouses, NE68 7SQ, +44 1665 720283. Inn with bedrooms, pub and restaurant (mains from £15). from £110.
  • 2 St Cuthbert's House, 192 Main St, Seahouses NE68 7UB, +44 1665 720456. Splendid little B&B in a former chapel. No children under 12, assistance dogs only. B&B double £130.
  • 3 St Aidan Hotel & Bistro, 1 St Aidan's NE68 7SR, +44 1665 720355. Clean comfy hotel on seafront. The restaurant is excellent but not open every night. No children under 12. B&B double from £110.

Connect edit

As of July 2021, Seahouses has 4G from Three and Vodafone, but no signal from EE or O2.

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