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NORTHUMBERLAND COAST

The Northumberland Coast in North East England is a captivating destination that offers a unique and diverse experience. With its stunning natural beauty, including pristine sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and rolling grassy dunes, it is a paradise for nature lovers.

The region is also home to historic castles such as Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, providing a glimpse into the region’s medieval past. Wildlife enthusiasts can explore the Farne Islands and observe thousands of seabirds and seals, while nature reserves like Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve offers a  diverse ecosystems to explore. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, with its spiritual atmosphere and iconic ruins, is a must-visit destination. Outdoor enthusiasts can engage in activities such as hiking, cycling, surfing, and a range of water sports such as kayaking.

Charming coastal villages including Seahouses and Craster offer a quintessential British experience with their colourful houses, small harbours, and delightful seafood restaurants. Whether seeking natural beauty, history, outdoor adventures, or a peaceful coastal retreat, the Northumberland Coast provides an enriching and memorable experience for all.

BEADNELL

Don’t be fooled by Beadnell’s small size; there is plenty to see and do. Set your own pace for your holiday; go full throttle with action-packed watersports or take it easy with dinner and drinks at a local restaurant. However you choose to spend your break, Beadnell promises an unforgettable trip.

where to eat

Beadnell
Towers

Beadnell Towers the best boutique hotel in Northumberland. Join us for breakfast, drop into the bar for lunch, come for dinner, stay the night.

Beadnell
Kitchen

Join us at one of the newest restaurants in Northumberland where our aim is to bring local produce and food heritage, confident, simple cooking.

saltwater
cafe

Serving breakfast, drinks, snacks lunch and dinner
Takeaway and Outdoor Dining currently available.

where to go

Beadnell
Bay

Spend a day at Beadnell Bay, a stunning sandy beach known for its clear waters and scenic beauty. Whether you want to relax, swim, sunbathe, or go for a leisurely walk along the shore, Beadnell Bay offers a fantastic coastal experience.

Watersports and Sailing

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or simply want to give watersports a go, the area is well regarded as one of the best places in Northumberland for surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. The summer is one of the best times to visit iIf you are interested in these outdoor activities.

Beadnell
Village

Explore the charming village of Beadnell itself, which has a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Take a stroll through the streets, admire the traditional stone houses, and visit the local shops, cafes, and pubs. The village has a welcoming atmosphere and is a great place to experience Northumberland’s hospitality.

Beadnell
Lime Kilns

Discover the historical Beadnell Lime Kilns, located at the northern end of Beadnell Bay. These lime kilns were built in the 18th century and were used to produce lime for construction purposes. Today, they stand as an intriguing reminder of the area’s industrial past and offer a unique photo opportunity.

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Seahouses

Take a short trip to the neighbouring village of Seahouses, located just a couple of miles south of Beadnell. Seahouses is a bustling seaside town with a range of attractions, including the famous Seahouses Harbour, where you can catch boat trips to the Farne Islands to see seals, puffins, and other seabirds.

Coastal Walks and Nature Reserves

Beadnell is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, making it an ideal location for coastal walks. Explore the Northumberland Coastal Path, which offers breathtaking views of the coastline and takes you through diverse landscapes, including sand dunes, rocky cliffs, and  Beadnell Bay Nature Reserve.

WHY BEADNELL?

Beadnell in Northumberland is a charming coastal village that offers several attractions and reasons to visit. Here are some reasons why you might consider visiting Beadnell:

  1. Beautiful Beaches: Beadnell is known for its stunning beaches, which are among the best in Northumberland. The sandy shores, clear waters, and scenic surroundings make it an ideal destination for beach lovers. Beadnell Bay, in particular, is a popular spot for sunbathing, picnicking, and water sports like surfing, kayaking, and sailing.

  2. Watersports and Outdoor Activities: If you enjoy outdoor activities, Beadnell won’t disappoint. With its proximity to the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll find ample opportunities for activities like coastal walks, cycling, birdwatching, and fishing. Beadnell is also a renowned location for diving, thanks to its rich marine life and numerous shipwrecks in the area.

  3. Historic Attractions: The village of Beadnell has a rich history, and there are several historical attractions to explore. On Beadnell Point and behind the harbour wall, you’ll find Ebbs Neuk Chapel, which was built in the 13th century by the king of Northumbria, King Oswald for his sister Ebba. In the village, you’ll find St. Ebba’s Church, which was built in 1750 and provided protection from the Border Reivers Attacks. Much of Beadnell’s industrial history centres around coal, lime and smuggling. By 1827, the coal and lime industry was in decline in the area, with the lime kilns left behind. Visitors can still see the lime kilns today.

  4. Wildlife and Nature: Northumberland is known for its diverse wildlife, and Beadnell offers opportunities to witness this natural beauty up close. The Farne Islands, located just off the coast, are home to a large seabird colony, including puffins, guillemots, and terns. Boat trips are available to explore the islands and observe the wildlife. You may also spot seals, dolphins, and other marine creatures in the surrounding waters.

  5. Peaceful and Relaxing Atmosphere: Beadnell is a peaceful village, making it an ideal place for a relaxing getaway. Whether you’re seeking solitude on the beach, a leisurely stroll along the coast, or enjoying a meal at one of the village’s cosy pubs or restaurants, Beadnell offers a tranquil and laid-back atmosphere that allows you to unwind and recharge.

Overall, Beadnell in Northumberland is a picturesque destination that combines natural beauty, outdoor activities, history, and a peaceful ambiance. Whether you’re interested in coastal exploration, wildlife encounters, or simply enjoying the serenity of the surroundings, Beadnell has something to offer visitors of all interests.

beadnell's history

Beadnell’s history is anchored in fishing and farming, dating back to Roman times. The village is unique, being the only west-facing harbour on the east coast of England. This location was ideal for herring fishing, the industry on which Beadnell’s prosperity was originally built.

The first known reference to the village, mentioned as “Bedehal” and “Bedehala”, can be found in the Boldon Book of 1183, indicating that Beadnell has been populated for at least 800 years.

The village’s most famous landmark is Beadnell Harbour, built in the 18th century. The harbour’s construction was largely funded by John Wood, a local landowner, to aid the export of limestone, taken from the quarries at nearby Easington. Lime kilns by the harbour, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, were used to make quicklime for farming and building purposes, an industry that thrived alongside fishing.

Overlooking the harbour is Beadnell Hall, a grand 18th-century mansion. It was built by the Forsters, a prominent local family, and serves as a reminder of the wealth that was once associated with Beadnell.

Beadnell’s parish church, St Ebba’s, is named after an early Christian saint who was Abbess of Coldingham in the 7th century. The church is mostly 18th-century but incorporates remnants of an earlier, 13th-century building. Close by is the site of an ancient chapel, which was dedicated to Ebba and was probably the original focus of the settlement.

In the 20th century, Beadnell’s population saw a decline as fishing became less profitable and many people moved to larger cities for employment. However, in the past few decades, Beadnell has seen a resurgence as a popular destination for tourists, with its beautiful sandy beaches, clear waters, and a wide range of water sports, particularly scuba diving and windsurfing.

Visitors today can experience a mixture of the past and the present, with the historic harbour and lime kilns, the ancient church of St Ebba’s, the scenic beaches, and a wealth of outdoor activities. Beadnell offers a rich taste of Northumberland’s past while promising a vibrant and active holiday destination.

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