On the rugged and beautiful Northumberland coast this authentic little fishing
community is well worth a visit. Once the salt herring capital of
Northumberland the harbour still sees a small fleet come and go.
You may eat fish caught and landed that day
in the lovely seafood restaurants and just watch the colourful passing of
the day. Or you can take one of the half-hourly voyage to the nearby Farne
Islands which is Britains premier bird sanctuary. large colonies of grey
seals share the Farn Islands with Terns and twelve other species of birds.
It was from Longstone Lighthouse on these
islands that Grace Darling made her historical and heroic sea rescue.
There are wonderful beaches and magnificent
sand dunes stretching for miles on either side of the town and if you are
lucky then you will see the small band of wild ponies that live here.
please don't feed the ponies though - it makes them less independent.
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Just to the north of Sea Houses lies the
grand and impressive Bamburgh Castle. This castle is massive even by the
standards of this coastline of spectacular heritage and it absolutely
dominates the village of the same name.
Lying atop a massive, dramatic outcrop of
Whinn Sill rock (The
Whin Sill is a type of igneous rock which was formed as the result of hot,
molten material being forced between surrounding strata some 300 million
overlooking the North Sea, Bamburgh
Castle was the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria from the 6th century
onwards.The castle was renovated and rebuilt by the first lord Armstrong -
a famous geordie engineer who made vast fortunes manufacturing arms.
The castle is open to the public and is
well worth a visit to see the collections of tapestries, ceramics,
paintings and the collection of Lord Armstrongs engineering masterpieces.