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Seahouses is a village on the Northumberland coast. (It is integral with the more ancient adjoining North Sunderland community.) It is both a key tourist attraction and a working harbour providing the sole access to the Farne Islands, as well as a fishing port.

There is a very detailed community website, here [1], with descriptive pages covering Location; Routes by various forms of transport; Attractions in the village; worthwhile Visits in the local area; Beach/Coastal Walks; and Environment provides descriptive photo-essays on the local Sands; Dunes; Rocks; and Seashore Zonation. For those needing even more detail the site also includes both a Trades Directory and a Community Directory - together with normal Contact facilities for enquiries. Literally hundreds of photographs supplement the factual information.

Get in[edit]

The main access is by the A1 trunk road, either south from Scotland or north from the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area. Then to get to Seahouses itself there is the B1340 and a number of alternative byway routes. Bus services visit the village.

There is also tide-dependant access by sea as Seahouses has a working harbour.

Get around[edit]

Seahouses is small enough to walk around. However it is not entirely flat and the roads down to the harbour are quite steep. But the whole village and some local 'walks' are also accessible by mobility scooter. If you need a taxi then Hunters taxis are local, Tel:01665 720 400.

See[edit][add listing]

The harbour is the activity centre of the village: vessels based there provide the only public access to the Farne Islands, and some also provide day-cruises to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. As well as the commercial fishing boats, anglers and divers are provided for, and the harbour is frequently the rallying point for privately owned RIBs - rigid inflatable boats.

Seahouses harbour, looking north to Bamburgh castle.

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Walk northwards on the sandy beach leading up to Bamburgh Castle[2].

Seahouses to Bamburgh castle - the beaches.

The sandy beaches and dunes, both north and south of the village, provide very popular walks and picnic sites for families, dogs, horses and everyone. Sometimes you will catch brave people trying to surf but throwing a frisbee is a more popular and safe sport here.

Being based on sandy soil, the golf course extending from farmland to cliff edges is playable at all seasons. [3]


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Smoked salmon and kippers are a popular present to buy when you visit Seahouses. The Swallow fish mongers [4] is a good place to choose the best of the day's catch.

Servicing quite an extensive rural area, the village boasts a fair range of shops and other businesses including bank, post office, and a fuel and service garage, as listed in the community website.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The village's choice of cuisines includes the inevitable traditional fish and chips, together with Indian or Chinese, plus a pizzaria as well as a range of slightly more formal restaurants.


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Seahouses is very popular with tourists: many of the houses are second homes. There is a thriving market for self catering in and around the village [5], as well as camping and caravan sites. The largest category though is that of the familiar B&B, bed and breakfast, provided in a range of situations from private houses to hotels. Hotels also make full-board provision of course.

Contact[edit]

The village's friendly and useful community and trades website ([6]) includes literally hundreds of photos as well as a wealth of information for both visitors and residents.

The official Seahouses web site is at [7].



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