An insiders guide to Bamburgh, Northumberland

Christine Mordue, owner of the holiday cottage, Holly Lodge in Bamburgh, Northumberland gives us some insider tips about what to do and see in this beautiful area.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

“Bamburgh is a beautiful village on the Northumberland Coast dominated by Bamburgh Castle. The beaches are wonderful and you can walk for miles at low tide. Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh Church and the Castle are well worth a visit.

The village green, Bamburgh

The village green, Bamburgh

Bamburgh is within easy reach of Alnwick with it’s Castle and beautiful Gardens; Berwick upon Tweed with it’s fortifications and interesting history; Holy Island which is steeped in religious history; the Farne Islands – now a bird sanctuary which is a short boat trip from Seahouses, and the Cheviot Hills, a stunning area for walking. Bamburgh Castle Golf Course is a very well kept course with amazing views.

Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick upon Tweed

There is an excellent butcher in Bamburgh who has won awards for his ‘Bamburgh Bangers’. The Greengrocer – opposite the Church grows a lot of his own produce. The Pantry is wonderful, making sandwiches to order, very good quiches and mouthwatering sticky toffee pudding. If you like fish, ‘Swallows’ in Seahouses is a very good wet fish shop.

There is an excellent restaurant called Blacketts. Sunday lunch there is a favourite with the local residents and well worth trying to book. The Victoria Hotel, Bamburgh Castle Hotel and The Lord Crewe Arms all do bar meals and have restaurant facilities.”