The Town of Amble is situated on the Northumberland coast, it is at the mouth of the River Coquet, just a mile from Warkworth. Amble was built on a point of land that sticks out from the main run of the coast, so offers excellent views of the coastline. The old spelling for Amble is thought to be Annebelle, meaning Anna's Promontory. Amble and the surrounding area has been populated for many centuries. Ancient British foundations have been found here, as well as Roman coins, signifying occupation during different periods of time.
Amble is commonly known as 'the friendliest port' and gained the nickname in the 1930's when Amble Council sent the RMS Mauretania a message on it's last voyage to the the wreckers yard 'Still the finest ship on the seas' and they replied with greetings 'to the last and friendliest port in England'. The Town is now a popular place for holidays with it's pleasant harbour, marina, proximity to beautiful beaches and many facilities it's easy to see why.
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Getting ThereBy far the easiest way to visit Amble is by car. It is approximately 15 miles from Morpeth and 9 miles from Alnwick, right on the coast. There is free public parking in the area just before the harbour and Pay and Display parking at the harbour itself. All parking is clearly marked on our interactive map of Amble. Postcode for your SatNav: NE65 0DQ
Amble 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. The nearest train station to Amble is approximately five miles North, just outside the Village of Alnmouth.
Amble's Attractions and Things To Do
Many of the things to do in Amble are based in the very thing that almost completely surrounds it - water. Watersports, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are all extremely popular. There are certainly excellent facilities available including the Marina, Harbour, Angling Centre and many clubs. The Coquet Island is just a mile off the coast and is an RSPB designated site of special scientific interest. It is also home to some 35,000 nesting birds in summer and a seal colony over 600 strong. Boat trips out to the Coquet to see
the wildlife run daily throughout the summer and leave from the harbour.
Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes - Eating Out In Amble
As you would expect from a fishing Town, one of the main reasons to come to Amble for food is the fresh seafood. The Fish and Chip shops all offer some of the tastiest fish you'll find anywhere on the coast and there's even an Italian restaurant that celebrates the local Seafood. It's not all about the fish though, there are some excellent examples of other types of cuisine on offer including a Boutique Icecream parlour and an excellent Chinese Takeaway, how's that for variety! Whatever kind of food you like and whatever your budget,
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Amble has an excellent choice when it comes to accommodation. There are family run B&B's and a large number of self catering properties. For a complete listing of places to stay visit our Accommodation in Amble Page.
Food Shopping and Supermarkets
Amble offers a good range of small shops including a Tesco express, Heron and Co-op. There are also two independent butchers and two bakers, all of which are located on Queen Street. Being a Harbour Town it would also be a crime not to have fresh fish shops, of which there are two, located around the harbour. There is an excellent Sunday market held here throughout the year, granted it is much larger in the summer months, but there is always a core of traders there. The meat and fresh fish are fantastic, as would be expected.
There is a Tourist Information Centre located near the harbour and is well signposted from outside of the Town. The Centre is open in the busy season, generally from Easter through to the end of October and is closed in winter. Just next to the Tourist Information Centre you will also find public toilets. Amble's Parish Church is St Cuthbert's and is located in the centre of Amble on Church Street.
Places and Attractions Nearby
Warkworth, Warkworth's Attractions, Druridge Bay, Alnwick, Alnwick's Attractions, Alnmouth, Alnmouth's Attractions, Boulmer, Warkworth Castle, Howick Hall & Gardens, A-Z of All Guides
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