An ancient land...
Northumberland occupies a unique and important ‘place’ in so many ways:
- it’s the epicentre of a turbulent European history, with castles (there are more here than any other English county!) and iconic landmarks, and the most northerly outpost of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall - which is also England’s largest World Heritage Site;
- it’s the birthplace of Christianity in England, with amazing characters and stories of faith, rooted in iconic places you can feel and touch;
- it’s home to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has mile after mile of golden sandy beaches and stunning countryside, which you can almost have to yourself;
- it's the quietest and most unspoilt of England’s National Parks;
- it has some of the most important birdwatching and bird migration sites in Europe;
- it has some of the most-photographed sites and landscapes in the UK;
- it has the largest man-made lake in Western Europe (Kielder), set in the country's largest forest;
- it’s the best place in England for stargazing, with amazing night skies;
- it’s a County brimming with places to see and things to do, amongst the most spectacular of landscapes!
And – it’s officially ‘the most tranquil county in England’, according to research commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. So even if it didn’t have all these other great qualifications, it would still be the most perfect getaway for rest and relaxation. Come and experience it for yourself.
Seahouses was created in 1889, when the harbour was constructed as the local fishing and lime industries bloomed - although the village of North Sunderland just half a mile inland, where we are, has been around for a thousand years. (We don't use the village's name in our address, as it can create confusion with a Wearside city 80 miles away!)
Seahouses is the 'Gateway to the Farne Islands', the only access point for visitors to the Farnes.
Seahouses is the best place to base yourself for exploring this amazing landscape of coast and country - because it's easy and convenient to explore Northumberland in every direction (including east!) and to get into the Scottish Borders too. We have a busy and interesting harbour, magnificent beaches which you can have almost to yourself stretching many miles to the north and south, and all with the backdrop of the Cheviot Hills on the western horizon. Come, and be inspired.
Browse the pages on the 'Explore' menu for links to more of Northumberland and its secrets.