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***Where is it?*** Seahouses is "up north" - a long way up north!! Its on the North East coast, about 50 miles north of Newcastle, 60 miles south of the Scottish border, and about 15 miles from the Alnwick. I don't know about getting there from other directions, but if you're coming from the south (and I assume most people would be!) it is a fairly easy drive with the majority of the driving being down on motorway or dual carriageway. However, when you get to within 5 miles of Seahouses and have to turn off the dual carriageway, the roads are very windy and the locals drive pretty fast. ***Practicalities*** When you get to Seahouses, the roads are fairly narrow and so there isn't a lot of on-road parking and even fewer houses / cottages with driveways. However, there are two large car-parks right in the centre of Seahouses - and we left the car there for the whole week with no problems. The owner of our cottage had a parking permit which meant we could park in these carparks free of charge - and I know several other people who also have been given parking permits when staying here. The High Street has a number of shops - including all necessities like a large Co-op Supermarket, a pharmacy, newsagent, bakery, petrol garage, pet shop etc. There are also a number of souvenir type shops, such as The National Trust Shop. All of these shops are quite basic but they are fine for everyday things. If you want something a bit more special or want more variety then Alnwick is about 30 minutes away (by car) and has a pretty good selection of shops for a market town. For people with mobility problems, Seahouses could be tough. Although it is mostly flat, there is a pretty steep hill down to the harbour and the beach is about a 15 minute walk from the centre of the town. In addition, to get onto the beach you need to navigate some small dunes - which may be tough for someone with mobility issues. ***Eating and Drinking*** There are a number of places to eat in Seahouses which are of okay quality. For lunch there are a couple of cafes (I liked Rosemary's cafe) which does basic home-cooked food. For the evening, there are several pubs all in the centre of Seahouses that serve decent enough pub food. I personally think that the Bamburgh Castle Inn is probably the best of the bunch, and is definitely the most friendly. There are also several Fish and Chip restaurants that are pretty good quality, and an Indian takeaway. If you want fine dining though, I don't think there is anything like this in Seahouses and so it would mean traveling further afield. If you're planning to do some cooking yourself, I recommend buying some fish from Craster (about a 20 minute drive) as there is a good selection and their kippers are legendary. ***What to do*** Seahouses isn't an exciting place, but it is a nice relaxing place. There are some tacky tourist attractions which have obviously come in since the place has become popular - such as a few amusement arcades and crazy golf - but, at heart, this remains a small relaxing town. So, if you're looking for excitement then this isn't your place.....but if you're looking to relax and chill out for a week then Seahouses is a nice option. To be honest, most of our days involved walking on the beach with the dogs (the beach welcomes dogs year round). The beach is gorgeous....beautiful yellow sand, sweeping dunes - and at one end stands the iconic Bamburgh castle. The beach is long and wide and basically its easy to find a bit to yourself away from everyone else if that's what you want. However, there are no amenities on the beach - and so you need to bring everything you want with you. Bamburgh Castle is worth a visit - but for me the outside of the castle is the money shot, although it was interesting to see it on the inside. The town of Bamburgh is also really pretty and its worth having a wander through here and maybe stop for lunch. There are several small towns dotted around which are nice to stop at if you want to go for a drive. Craster is a little sleepy town and a nice place to wander, as is Beadnell. Dunstanburgh Castle is worth stopping off at also. I personally quite liked Alnwick, particularly Barter Books which is a massive secondhand bookshop in the centre of Alnwick. You can take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands - where the big draw is the birds, especially the Puffins. I personally didn't do this as I didn't want to leave my dogs for the day, but I do know people who have done this and say its worth it. We did drive over the causeway to Holy Isle (about 30 minutes drive) and spent an afternoon there. There isn't a lot to the little town, but its quaint and picturesque. Make sure you know the causeway times though because its only open at certain times of the day because the rest of the time its under water. ***Overall*** I enjoyed my time in Seahouses and if you're looking for a relaxing break, it is a beautiful part of the world and serves as a very good base for exploring the Northumberland coastline.
Seahouses is a small town on the North East coast approx 15 miles north of Alnwick. We live about an hour and a half away so it's a nice distance for a day out by the sea. The drive up to Seahouses is a particularly nice one on a sunny day. We tend to get off the main road as soon as possible as the scenery around the back roads is very nice. The roads are quite windy, so it pays to be careful, particularly if you've never driven down them before. Some of the locals who are used to the roads are speed demons though! To get to Seahouses, first you have to go through Beadnell, a tiny village which consists of a few houses, two pubs and a shop! It's a really nice little place and I can highly recommend The Craster Arms if you're looking for something to eat or a relaxing drink. The interior is pretty big and nice and cool, perfect on a hot summers day. They also have a large beer garden if you prefer. The food is very tasty and great value. The portion sizes are generous and a lot of the fish is locally sourced. If you are a camper or caravanner, Beadnell has two sites to choose from, one is for caravans only the other for tents only. I have stayed at the camping site and found it basic, but very clean and well maintained. The beach is over the road and it's an easy walk to Seahouses straight down the beach. Although it's a 2 mile walk it doesn't seem that long. If you're visiting Seahouses by car, there is a large car park in the centre of town. This does get very busy, but they recently extended it and there is an overflow. I've never had a problem finding a space. Parking is quite expensive but well worth it due to the close proximity to everything. The majority of the town is pay and display, so it's not really worth trying to find a cheaper place to park. Although a small town, there is lots to keep you occupied. The shopping is pretty poor, there is a National Trust shop which is nothing special and overpriced. There is a large giftshop which is full of random touristy things, beach items, toys and funnily enough, cleaning supplies! There is also a Co-op, a hardware shop and not a lot else! As you might expect in a fishing town, there are lots of fish and chip shops to choose from! They are always busy and even though seating is provided, it's near impossible to get a seat. There is a grassy area literally 1 minute away overlooking the sea, this is the perfect place to eat them with lots of vinegar and a wooden fork! In the interests of research(!), I have tried food from all of the takeaways and to be honest there's not much between them. Go for the one with the shortest queue! Other things to visit are the RNLI Visiting Station. It's free to go in and take a look around and see the lifeboat. Tours can also be prebooked for larger parties. There is also a small gift shop with money going back to the RNLI. These guys do a great job, with the area having a lot of tourists, they are regularly called out to help people in difficulties. There is a small crazy golf course, this seems very popular among families. It is always packed with people and personally not my idea of fun so I've never been in. Opposite the crazy golf is the entrance to the small pier. I like to have a slow walk down here with an ice cream and watch the boats coming in and out of the harbour. From here you can book trips via boat round the Farne Islands. There are different tours to book depending on what you would prefer to see. There is lots to see and they are very interesting. More to come in a later review! Unfortnately, like lots of tourist towns, Seahouses has become victim to falling visitor numbers. This has resulted in a couple of places closing down. The Seahouses Museum closed Summer 2009 due to lack visitors and a branch of Barter Books, a secondhand bookshop also closed for the same reason. Both sad losses, especially The Seahouses Museum as this was particularly interesting to look round. The historic town of Bamburgh is a few miles away and is a nice drive through scenic countryside or you can leave the car and walk along the beach. We tend to walk there and get the bus back. The bus is pretty regular and the times are displayed at the stop. When the tide is out the beach is massive. There are usually lots of people with the same idea and we see dogs everytime so they must be allowed. On a clear day, the Farne Islands can be seen along with the boats visiting them. If you plan on visiting Bamburgh, a visit to Bamburgh Castle is a must. The main focal point of the village, it sits on top of a large hill and is a very interesting place to visit. I have reviewed it in the past, check it out for a more detailed review. There isn't really much to Bamburgh, the main attraction is the beach. It's really quite spectacular and has in the past been voted 4th best beach in Britain. Once thing that I would recommend visiting is the Grace Darling Museum. She was only 22 years old when the SS Forfarshire got into trouble over a mile away from the Bamburgh coast. Grace and her father rowed in an open boat, risking both their lives to reach them on 7 September 1838. For this bravery she was given the RNLI's Silver Medal for Gallantry and in 1938 the museum was opened to commemorate her life. The museum has recently reopened thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund along with some other trusts. The new facilities are much improved and have transformed the museum from dank and old to bright and welcoming. Opening times are as follows October to Easter - Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays - 10am - 4pm Easter to October - Monday through Sunday - 10am-5pm In summary I think it will show through how much I love this part of the world. It's the perfect place to spend a lovely summers day and I would recommend it to anybody.
At first sight, Seahouses has none of the charm of the more traditional seaside resort - it is not pretty, it is not quaint, it has no tumbledown fishermens cottages. As you drive into the village, the square concrete 1960s architecture hits you like a slap in the face - all you notice is the tattoo parlour and the five big and brassy fish and chip shops. But Seahouses has much more to offer - it is a real working village, not just a pretty tourist enclave; the place just grows on you and you quickly find that it has a charm all of its own. ~~The Farne Islands~~ Perhaps the most interesting thing about Seahouses is its location, just opposite the Farne Islands. The Islands are constantly in view, with the Longstone Lighthouse winking back to shore at night, and small boats chugging back and forth with their cargo of sightseers. The Farne Islands are owned by the National Trust, and members can disembark and explore free of charge. Today this collection of dramatic rocks is loved by tourists for the puffin colony that produces offspring every year. It is rare to see puffins in this country, but between the months of May and July a large number of puffin chicks are born and can be seen at very close quarters before they leave the islands and head out to sea. Another very endearing inhabitant of the islands is the grey seal. The islands are home to Europe's largest grey seal colony, and literally hundreds of seal cubs can be seen at close quarters, while adults swim right up to the boats. Shags, tern and guillemot are amongst the other birds that can be seen in this unusual nature reserve. The Farne Islands fascinating past includes having the hermit St Cuthbert spend most of his life in a small shack on Inner Farne, as well as being the dramatic setting for Grace Darling's daring rescue in 1838, which made her a much loved national heroine. Boats that go out to the Farne Islands several times a day, taking visitors for a round trip or letting them land on the islands. The most popular of these is Billy Shiels MBE, who has a fleet of different sized boats, and charges £12 to take an adult for a 2 ½ hour trip to Inner Farne. ~~The Beach~~ Northumberland boasts some of the finest beaches in England, and Seahouses is no exception. To the north, the huge sandy beach stretches out all the way to Bamburgh Castle, which looms on the clifftop in the distance, the white crested waves breaking on the rocks below. A network of dunes run behind the beach, and walking up to Bamburgh with the brisk North Sea wind in your face and the sound of crashing breakers is one of the best feelings in the world. The beach is usually fairly deserted, even in summer, and walkers share the beautiful isolation with the occasional horse riders from the local Seahouses stables. There are few surfers, and none of the usual pedalos and beach furniture. This is truly a wild beach, and one of Seahouses greatest attractions. ~~Activities~~ Sitting beside the bustling harbour, walking out along the jetty and waving to the little boats chugging off to the Farne Islands is something that can while away the day very easily. Seahouses has a circular Heritage trail that takes the visitor around the older properties and the smokehouses, giving a flavour of the fishing community that existed before tourism took over. The north side of the village holds the obligatory crazy golf course, and the stables lie ½ mile outside the village, offering both beach rides and hacks. During the summer diving trips go out to the Farne Islands, and fishing in such a location is always on the menu! ~~Shops~~ The centre of Seahouses has a run down feel at the moment, perhaps a victim of the recession. A small supermarket does thriving business, as does the excellent local baker and two newsagents. There is a delicatessen, but this is sadly lacking in fresh produce, seeming only to contain cellophane wrapped cheeses and dry produce. A couple of souvenir shops vie with the small amusement arcade for business, but the two most active outlets seem to be the National Trust shop and the tattoo parlour. I couldn't help but look at the local inhabitants and wonder what sort of tattooed illustrations lay beneath their puffer jackets! ~~Accommodation~~ Seahouses is the largest centre for tourism on this part of the Northumbrian coast, and as such has a wide variety of accommodation. Two of the best hotels are the Bamburgh Castle Inn; a modern building with views directly out onto the harbour and the the Farne Islands. An older and more traditional stop is The Olde Ship; accommodation above a very characterful old pub, dating from 1912, filled with seafaring memorabilia and looking out over the harbour. The Olde Ship is also a lovely place for lunch or an evening drink, as it has a roaring log fire and small alcoves for a cosy chat. There is also a variety of self catering cottages, bookable through several agents including Northumberland Cottages, or through the Seahouses community website. Caravaning is available at the Seafield Caravanning Park in the very centre of town, and camping is available in bit further north towards Bamburgh at Springhill Farm Caravan & Camping. ~~ Seahouses is a beautiful and delightful holiday destination. It has the feel of a real, working village and contains unusual corners of real charm. It is a place for the walker, the lover of wildlife, the birdwatcher. Its raw, wild beauty will enchant you and make you count the days until you can come back for more.
Seahouses is a small fishing town located on the coast of Northumberland, about an hours drive north of Newcastle. We have spent a week each year, in or around the area surrounding the town of Seahouses, for the past ten years or so; so let me tell you why. ~~ The Harbour ~~ The harbour area, also know as North Sunderland harour is a busy little affair, busling with fishing boats and pleasure boats alike. There is access for cars right along the harbour's edge for pay and display. Along the top are guest houses and self catering flats which offer some of the most breathtaking panoramic views from Bamburgh castle through to the Farne Islands. Just next to the harbour is the RNLI life boat station which is open to the public and has a small shop and memorabilia collection. ~~ The Farne Islands ~~ Off the coast lies the very popular Farne Islands, home to a vast variety of sea birds and Seals, and there are many tourist boat trips available from the harbour which will take you around or onto the Islands. I can recommend the Billy Shiels Glad Tidings trips which are both informative and very enjoyable for all the family. Not only do you find out about the wildlife through the narrative, but also the history of the area, with special reference to the heroic events surrounding Grace Darling and her father; when in the early hours of a September morning in 1838, they rescued the remaining survivors of a ship wrecked vessel off one of the Islands near the lighthouse which they kept. The story has been encapsulated into the local area through books, paintings and museum exhibitions, and has inspired the careers of many a young coast guard across the country. ~~ Parking ~~ Pulling back into the town itself, and you find a bustling little tourist hot spot which is arguably the most popular seaside town on the Northumberland coast. There is a surprisingly large car park in the centre, which in the summer months gets filled to capacity. If you are planning to spend a few days around the area it is well worth considering the purchase of a weekly parking permit. They can be picked up from tourist information sites all over Northumberland. There is no parking on the main street although it is surprising how many cars are parked on double yellows at any given time. ~~ Shopping ~~ The main street is not very long but does provide a good mix of shops for all tastes, including the wonderful Farne Stores which sells just about anything you could possibly want on holiday and beyond. It is a delightful labyrinth, with a great mix of beach accessories and hardwire, filled to the brim and beyond; an ideal way to spend an hour or so on a wet day. I always find a bargain or two here. There is a National Trust store, which in stark contrast caters for the more upmarket customer, and provides everything from guide books to rambling gear, cuddly toys to fireside ornaments. Other highlights of the retail variety include the essential and well stocked local Co-op. This deceptively large store is probably the largest supermarket outside Alnwick, and so again expect it to be busy with the through tourist trade. For the more adventurous out there, who require a little more stimulation of the mind and body, a small but well stocked traditional toy shop can be found. All those wooden hand crafted toys popular from yesteryear, coupled with brain teasers and more modern offerings, can be found in a delightful display of colour, complimented perfectly with a vast selection of kites, catering for all ages and budgets; well worth a visit for all the family. For those of you who appreciate art there is a gallery which specializes in paintings and prints from local artists and scenes from the beautiful coast line around the area. Again the selection is varied enough to suit all budgets. ~~ Eating Out ~~ After all this shopping you will be ready for lunch, and again Seahouses is well catered for eating, with a multitude of cafes, fish and chip shops, ice-cream kiosks, restaurants, bars and hotels. For an evening meal I can recommend the Links Hotel which offers bar food as well as an extensive restaurant menu in the separate dining area. Dogs are permitted in the bar area which will serve either menu, although for Vegetarians there is a somewhat limited choice. Another restaurant, which offers great views across the harbour, is the Bamburgh Castle Hotel. Again there is an extensive menu catering more extensively for vegetarians. On our recent visit we noticed a new Italian restaurant opened at the top of the town called Little Italy. We had a look at the menu on the afternoon and asked for the opening hours. After being told they opened at 6pm we planned to return that evening for a meal. Unfortunately they neglected to tell us that as it was Monday the restaurant was not actually open, so being just a little annoyed at not being given this information earlier in the day, needless to say we have not been back since. ~~ Entertainment ~~ There is a large amusement arcade which hosts the usual assortment of slot and money grabbing machines. For those of you with younger children; outside there is a small posse of ride on musical contraptions, which will equally suck all the spare change out of any unsuspecting parent's pockets in a matter of minutes. All good fun though. There is a quaint little pitch and putt golf course just on the edge of town towards Bamburgh, which keeps the kids entertained when the sun isn't blazing. When the rain comes (and it will) you can duck into the indoor play area attached, although it is quite small and really only suitable for the under sevens in my opinion. There is also a café inside and a refreshment kiosk outside. On the south side and slightly out of town lies a fun fair which I would believe is only open in the summer. We have never visited it and so I cannot comment on its fun rating. ~~ Beaches ~~ Of course the ultimate entertainment is the beach, which stretches out from the North edge of the town all the way to Bamburgh castle. For the most part the beach is sandy with a scattering of rock pools. The amazing thing about the beach is just how deserted it is. Even in August there is often only a handful of people around; the only possible reason for this I can surmise is that there is no easy or direct access to the beach. Parking is on the roadside which is separated by a strip of sand dunes from the beach, which makes lugging all that beach equipment just a little cumbersome. For a more accessible beach, try the sheltered south facing bay at Beadnell which has a car park within seconds of the beach. This one does get busier than Seahouses but is still never crowed as such. ~~ Surrounding area ~~ As just mentioned Beadnell is a village just a couple of minutes drive south of Seahouses, and is well worth a visit. The small harbour also boasts the remains of some early Lime Kilns. The centre has a small café/restaurant called the Pantry and a historic pub called the Craster Arms which is a very popular place to eat for all the family. A couple of miles north of Seahouses is the tiny village of Bamburgh which is dominated by the famous castle. The village has a small selection of gift shops, tea rooms and a hotel. There is also a museum dedicated to Grace Darling, which although small, is worth a visit. But the castle is without doubt the main attraction in the area; standing tall on the top of a steep hill it is a formidable sight. Once inside (which is free for HHA card holders) the castle walls, there is a vast range of historic artiefacts housed within the many rooms. There is a one way system through the rooms with audio assistance if required. Much of the history, like so many castles in the area, being so close to the border of Scotland, is laced with tales of battles, and the vast array of armoury is quite astonishing. My particular favourite part of the castle though is a simple stone structure which lies deep within, and could easily be missed. In the corner of one room lies a well which is 150 ft deep, so that water could be obtained during times of siege. An interesting twist though is that about a quarter of the way down there is a passage which could be used to secretly exit the castle. It is a sobering thought of just how this engineering feet was achieved. Unfortunately the exit is now blocked but apparently the water at the bottom is still drinkable! There are countless other attractions around the area including to the north, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne; a tidal Island, cut off by the sea for much of the day. Further on is the historic and picturesque town of Berwick upon Tweed, fought over and changed hands a total of 13 times between Scottish and English rule over the centuries. Moving to the south and inland lies the highly desirable city of Alnwick, home of the Castle (again free to HHA card holders) made even more famous through the tales of Harry Potter, and the beautiful Alnwick gardens, with their extraordinary fountains and dazzling water features guaranteed to delight the children (and soak them too!). The enormous tree house with connecting rope bridges and in-tree restaurant is quite a sight in itself. Further a field and connecting many castles and historic buildings which dominate this rugged landscape is the magnificent structure known as Hadrian's Wall. But I will stop here as I am straying far from my path. ~~ Summary ~~ The town of Seahouses is fantastic little holiday resort, which provides a vast array of entertainment for all the family. While the weather cannot be guaranteed to satisfy, the range of sights and activities are more than enough to entertain both the holiday maker and day tripper alike. I have just given a taste of what was one of the North East's best kept secrets; there is so much more on offer. So why do we spend so much of our summer holiday in the area in and around Seahouses? Well if you are still wondering about the answer to that question then maybe you should read the bit before this to find out.
As the children are on school holidays we decide to visit Seahouses, its a place that i have been to many times as a child and have always had fond memories of the place. Seahouses is a town in the northeast of england, just past Alnwick in Northumberland, the town itself it based around the fishing centre and the pier, its quite small and you can easily walk around it. We live about an hour away so its a nice day or half day trip, if you live further away it is a lovely place to come for a weekend. Where to stay- There is the main hotel called the bambrough hotel and it sits right above the harbour at Seahouses, its a very pretty hotel and has its own resturant and bar. There is also a hotel at the top of the main street in Seahouses called the Farne hotel. There are many lovely small b&bs, there is a great campsite in the next town about five minutes away. There is also a few caravan parks and one that is above the harbour. Parking- There is two main good sized car parks and the rates are good, for best value go for all day parking as its about £4.50 instead of the three hours as that it still £3.00 There is also limited parking on the pier itself and costs the same as the larger car parks. What to do- There is about four different companies on the pier offering trips to both the farne islands and holy island, they last about two hours with an hour spent on the islands themselves. on the trips you get the chance to see lots of different birds, seals and the fabulous puffins. They cost approx £4.00 per person and if you are a member of the national trust its free! They leave every half hour so you can always catch one. Right at the top of the pier is the crazy golf course called the 19th hole, it also has a licensied bar and a place to eat, there is also a childrens soft play that is a good size with plenty of equiptment. You hire the clubs and for an adult its £3.50 each and for children its £2.50 and you get balls and a score card, its a good little course and lasts about fourty minutes and both the children and adults enjoyed it. there is also a few amusement arcades that cater for children and adults if thats your thing. There is lots of shops to buy things like buckets and spades, fishing nets , postcards and the usual seaside things. there are also some highstreet shops such as boots and food stores. Where to eat- Well you are really spoiled for choice here!,although i word of warning if you don't like fish and chips bring a picnic! There are lots and lots of fish and chip resturants where you can eat in or take away, i did think that they were quite expensive £4.50 for fish and chips to take out, if you wanted to eat in it was an extra £2.00 on each meal although you do get bread and butter and a big mug of tea! Be prepared to queue though on summer days as we waited for half an hour. It was worth the wait though as they were beautifull and we took ours and sat on the pier with them. There are plenty of little vans dotted about selling ice cream, hot fresh donuts and fresh fish. All in all its a great day out for all the family and if the sun is shining its wonderfull
Last week, my friend and I decided we wanted to go out for the day in my car as I'm finished university for the summer. We didn't know where we wanted to go but I thought it would be nice if we headed north along the coast from where I live (South East Northumberland). We saw a signpost for Seahouses on our journey, and as neither of us have been there in years we thought it would be a nice place to visit. ~ Where is it? ~ Seahouses is a large fishing village on the coast of Northumberland and is approximately 20km from Alnwick. It attracts lots of regional tourists every year, as well as national and international tourists. ~ Our Visit ~ Unfortunately, despite all the nice weather we've had recently the day we picked for our day trip was freezing cold and windy! On arrival to Seahouses, we parked the car in a large carpark near the seafront. It cost £2.40 for up to 3 hours (which is what we selected) or about £4.60 for the full day. We decided to head towards the coast and take a look at the sea, which was rough due to the wind! We came across a crazy golf course, and as my friend has never played before we decided it would be fun. The course has 18 holes and cost £3 per adult to play. Some of the holes were quite boring but some of them were shaped like places in the local area for example Holy Island and The Farne Islands. We were playing for a good hour and it was fun although would have been even better if it hadn't been so cold! There were smaller golf clubs for children and I believe it cost £2 for children to play. The crazy golf course also had a cafe inside the building where you pay, as well as a soft play area for children. After we finished playing crazy golf we decided we wanted something to eat. As Seahouses is a fishing village there are lots of fish and chip shops to choose from. I know lots of people in my area that go to Seahouses for the day just to have fish and chips. We picked a chip shop that we thought looked nice and that we could sit in. All of the fish and chip shops seem to be expensive and I think the prices are much about the same whichever chip shop you choose, but we didn't look at all the prices. We had 2 soft drinks, one plate of chips with gravy and an adult portion of sausage and chips and it came to just over £10. We headed to the amusement arcade after our chips and like most amusement arcades there was quite a lot to do in there. There were lots of slot machines, games, machines where you can win prizes, little rides for children and an air hockey game. We spent about half an hour in here, finishing the visit with a couple of games of air hockey! There are also lots of souvenir shops and we looked in quite a few of these before we left. Some of the souvenirs are really nice and there are things which I've not seen in other souvenir shops, but lots of the items are the sorts of things you get wherever you go. We were tempted to finish our visit with a trip to an ice cream shop but decided we couldn't eat any more after the large portions of chips (and sausage) that we had eaten for lunch! Despite the weather being quite cold, lots of people were buying ice cream. Just as we headed back to the car before our parking ticket ran out the sun began to shine - typical! ~ Other things about Seahouses ~ Seahouses is located across the water from the Farne Islands and there are regular boat trips across there. I've never been to the Farne Islands but I'd like to at some point. There is a local history museum which costs around £3 to visit. We didn't go in here but we went in the shop that was with it and it looked like the museum would be quite interesting. There are places to stay in Seahouses so you could use this village as a base for a holiday to explore Northumberland. ~ Overall ~ I really like Seahouses and will definitely be going back again at some point, as although we spent a few hours there I think there is still lots more we could do. It is nice to visit for a day but would also be a good location to base a holiday in Northumberland. There is quite a lot to do and is located in a nice area. Thank you for reading! xx
We visited Seahouses while staying in the Northumberland area on a short break. It's a small town on the coast and it's still really pretty, in a wild sort of way. We parked in the town centre, which cost the average rate, and took a little walk around - The town contains the usual mix of small shops, selling gifts and Seahouses-themed items. It's not really big enough to support an entire tourist trade on it's own, and it's not the sort of seaside town with a beach for sunbathing on: It's far too cold and windy for that, so instead the focus is on boat trips to the nearby Farne Islands. There are about a dozen boat trips on offer, all in a row along a little jetty. Whichever one you choose, you're looking at a cost of around £20 for a family of four. We chose one of the larger looking boats for our trip, as it turned out that the husband had never been out on the sea before!! and felt the need for extra security. All the staff on the boat were friendly and helpful, and health and safety of the passengers was well attended to. The trip lasted over an hour, in which time we sailed out to the Farne Islands, round them in a very large circle, taking in Grace Darling's lighthouse, then back into the dock again. Along the way we saw puffins, seals, and all sorts of nesting birds - It was well worth going on the trip and everyone on board really enjoyed it. After that, we rounded the day off by walking up the hill back into the town of Seahouses and having a fish and chip supper in a local cafe: This was fantastic value, tasty food and huge portions served by friendly staff in a clean environment, brilliant. We did succumb to the gift shop next door and buy a dangly mobile 'thingy' with a miniature lighthouse and boat hanging off it - Well you have to, don't you? :)
I visited Seahouses in May so that we could go on a boat trip to see the nesting terns (more about that later.) We found Seahouses very easily - situated just 10 miles or so from Scotland on the East coast of England it has a wild feel about it. Just up the road is Lindisfarne, which has a history all of its own. Seahouses was easy to get into, and the carparking was easy to find and plentiful. The only tiny problem was that the overspill bit didn't have pay and display meters and you had to walk all the way to the front of the car park, back to your car, and then back to the front to get out. Seahouses itself seems to be much like any other seaside town. It has lost it's fishing-village charm and is all candy-floss and buckets. There are enough little gift shops to make it worth a look around, and the high street has a Somerfield and everyday shops, too. The seafront is the bit to see. Nice pubs. Lovely view, Boats to look at. We went down to the front early in the morning, and with the sun coming in low we got some lovely photos of fishing paraphernalia and stone jetties. Seahouses is THE place to take a boat trip from. Boats go several times an hour out to the Farne Islands. You can choose your trip depending on your interests. You can have a general trip out and back, one to see the seals, one that lands on St Cuthbert's island, and (in May) one that lands on the island where the terns are nesting. You go past the island with the lighthouse Grace Darling and her father were looking after, and the island they rescued the sailors from. Lots to see and do in the area. Bamburgh castle, famous kippers, Northumberland scenery, Hadrian's Wall, and just down the road is Newcastle with all its glories, including the Angel of the North. We didn't find it that easy to find somewhere to eat in the evening. A great holiday, as long as you don't mind lots of tourists around you.
Seahouses is a traditional small fishing town on the Northumberland coast. However the fishing trade has declined and the harbour is now mainly used for boats taking tourists out to see the wildlife on the nearby Farne Islands. A lot of the town around the harbour has also changed with the emphasis now on gift shops, fish and chip takeaways and amusement arcades. The town however still has a very good feel to it and well worth a visit. The local people do seem to want to make some money from the tourists. All of the car parking in the town is Pay and Display and if you want to use a public toilet be ready to pay 20p each (adults and children). Also all of the fish and chip shops seem to be charging more than you would expect in a seaside town. The extra costs are however worth the money as the town is very picturesque with a very interesting history. The seawater is very clear, but cold and as the wind is often bracing, blowing off the sea, a jumper or coat is normally a necessity.