Moving North up the Northumberland coast from Warkworth, the winding road of the coastal route offers spectacular views of the next stop along the coastal journey, Alnmouth. The village is almost picture postcard perfect with its colourful cottages, at it's best on a sunny day when the tide is out revealing the vast expanses of golden sand.
Located approximately 5 miles East of Alnwick, Alnmouth was founded in 1150 and today remains a beautiful and interesting village that is well worth exploring. There is a lovely variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, gift shops and a golf course for visitors to enjoy.
Alnmouth is located on the coast just 5-10 minutes drive East of Alnwick and the A1, the road that runs through the heart of Northumberland. It can also be accessed from the North or South via the Northumberland Coastal Route, which is clearly signposted on brown tourist road signs. Postcode for your SatNav: NE66 2RJ
Parking in Alnmouth is easy, there is a large public car park right on the sea front (watch out for flying golf balls as you drive through the golf course though!) take the first left as you enter the village onto the Wynd and then your first left again as you go down the hill. The car park on the sea front is not free in the Spring and Summer season, when there is an attendant collecting at it's entrance before the golf course. Season tickets are also available if you are a regular visitor to Alnmouth, and once you've visited you will want to come back! Locals, however, tend to drive through the village past the pubs and shops and park on the road by the estuary and around to the harbour area. This road is free to park on but be warned, it gets very busy in high season! Alnmouth is also accessible by bus (click here for a service map) and by train.
Alnmouth is a stop on the Arriva "Newcastle - Morpeth - Amble - Alnwick - The Coast - Berwick" which is the service between Newcastle and Berwick on their X18 route (see link below for more information). Multi journey tickets are available and you can get more information here. There is a train station just outside the village that is on the East Coast Main Line, providing easy access from Edinburgh to the North or Morpeth and Newcastle and beyond to the South. A local taxi company that is ideally based for pick ups from Alnmouth station is The Yellow Taxi, a yellow London taxi that seats up to six people. Another taxi company that covers the area is Knights Taxis.
Click Here for our interactive Village Centre Map showing all the attractions and town amenities, as well as parking, travel information and recommended viewing points.
Undoubtedly Alnmouth's most impressive feature is the stunning natural beauty of it's wide, golden, sandy beaches. The beach is easily accessible with a car park right on the sea front and it attracts visitors from all over the Country and rightly so. It's the perfect place for a family day out, a beautiful walk, a picnic or if the weather is kind just to relax and sunbathe. Alnmouth also has a lot of other things to offer including two golf courses, many walking routes, cycling, shopping and galleries. Explore your guide to Attractions and Things To Do in Alnmouth...
Alnmouth Village itself has many amenities, including the famous Schooner Hotel. Its was built in the 17th Century and is said to be the most haunted in the country and has featured on the TV series 'Most Haunted'. There are many other Inns and Hotels, along with a host of self catering accommodation on offer for the visitor wishing to stay in Alnmouth. Most of Alnmouth's Pubs, Restaurants, Cafe's and shops are located on the road that runs through the centre of the village, Northumberland Street. Explore your guide to Places to Eat and Drink in Alnmouth...
Alnmouth has an excellent choice when it comes to accommodation. There are many Inns and Hotels in the Village along family run B&B's and a large number of self catering properties, all with quick access to the wonderful beaches. Explore your guide to Places Stay in and around Alnmouth...
Alnmouth's beaches are what draw huge numbers of visitors each year, but increasingly popular is the annual Alnmouth Arts Festival. An event where local craftspeople and artists gather together to form an art trail around the village, exhibiting their work. The event's highlights include artworks, textiles, jewellery, crafts, photography, live music and even things for the kids to enjoy. There is also an annual Raft Race that usually takes place towards the end of July, a great day our for the family and all in aid of the Lifeboats at Amble. Check our Events page for up to date information about events in the area.
While there are a variety of small shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs in Alnmouth, if it's a supermarket you're after then it is a short 5 mile drive West to Alnwick. Here you will find a Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Iceland, Lidl and Co-op along with numerous independent Butchers, Bakers and other shops selling excellent quality local produce.
There are public toilets at the bottom of Pease's Lane (a source of much amusement as a child!) which is just next to the clubhouse of the Alnmouth Village Golf Course. There is a very nicely kept Children's Play Area at the back of the Village of Alnmouth near the 'harbour area'.It is a very pleasant spot to stop off with the kids for a picnic or just let them burn off some energy for a while. The play area is marked on our Map of Alnmouth.
Places and Attractions Nearby
Alnwick, Alnwick's Attractions, Warkworth, Boulmer, Craster, Seahouses, Bamburgh, Alnwick Castle, Barter Books, Warkworth Castle, Howick Hall & Gardens, A-Z of All Guides
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Useful and Interesting Links:
Good Beach Guide
Weather in Alnmouth
Alnmouth Arts Festival
Alnmouth Village Golf Club
Alnmouth Golf Club
Arriva Bus Service Map
Northumberland Gazette (Local Newspaper)
The Alnmouth Grocer
Wikipedia Page for Alnmouth
Northumberland Cam Alnmouth Photos
Alnmouth Beach Photos
The Sun Inn Alnmouth
Red Lion Alnmouth
Alnmouth Rail Users Group
Alnmouth Football Club
Alnmouth War Memorial
Alnmouth Parish Council