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Two boats resting on the sand at sunset on Alnmouth beach

A pint-sized coastal village in Northumberland, there’s a delightful collection of things to do in Alnmouth.

Whether you’re looking to spend peaceful days at the beach, test your swing or treat your tastebuds to the flavours of Northumberland, you’re sure to find something to suit you here.

We’ve compiled a handy guide containing some of our favourite things to do in Alnmouth. Give them a read and try some of them out for yourself…

Alnmouth Village

A view across a stetch of open water to the colourful houses of Alnmouth beyond

An attractive seaside village, Alnmouth sits on the coast of Northumberland, a stone’s throw from the charming market town of Alnwick.

Alnmouth Village is idylically positioned between the River Aln and the North Sea, enjoying the delights of pristine sands and a picturesque estuary.

It is best known for its colourful painted houses that decorate Lovaine Terrace, similiar to the houses seen on Balamory.

Once a proud merchant port, it is now a peaceful haven, often referred to as the most picturesque view on the Kings Cross to Edinburgh train route.

Spend a day at Alnmouth Beach

The golden sands of Alnmouth Beach are an absolute must-visit whilst you’re in the area. Decorated with fine sand and grassy dunes, Alnmouth Beach is the perfect spot to let off some stream with the little ones in tow.

A life bouy attached to a wooden post on the sand dunes at Alnmouth Beach

There’s lots of things to do in Alnmouth, and the beach is no different. Take your four-legged friend for a stroll, enjoy a picnic in the dunes, or explore the estuary and rock pools.

In the warmer months, there’s ample space to lounge on the sand with a good book in hand, or why not take to the waves? At the end of an action-packed day at the beach, you can indulge in a treat from Gwen’s Ice Cream van! 

Lace up your walking boots 

At low-tide, you can walk all the way along the coast, soaking in the spectacular sights along the way. If you’re feeling peckish, make a pitstop at The Fishing Boat Inn in Boulmer for refreshments before continuing on the adventure to Craster.

An older couple walking a beagle dog along the beach

Alternatively, follow the Northumberland Coastal Path, stretching over 100 kilometres and boasting some of the finest walks in Europe.

Amongst our favourite Alnmouth walks, there’s plenty of heritage trails running through the village. There’s something to suit everyone, from amblers to ramblers and everything inbetween.

Go fishing on the estuary

Man holding a fly fishing rod at sunrise

The River Aln is an exciting spot to go fishing, home to a large collony of salmon, migratory trout and brown trout. The river is open to fly fishing only, and there are restrictions on rod length.

Please be mindful that a fishing permit is required before fishing. These are available to purchase from the Hardy Store & Museum in Alnwick.

Rules and regulations apply. Please contact the Aln Angling Assocciation with any specific queries.

Test your swing at the golf club

Golfers are spoilt for choice on things to do in Alnmouth. Alnmouth Village Golf Club, founded in 1869, is England’s oldest 9-hole links course.

Visitors are welcome, with weekday green fees starting from £15 for 9 holes. Check current prices and book a tee time here.

A golfer and caddy walking on a links golf course

Owing to it’s coastal location, golfers are afforded wonderful views across Alnmouth Bay. The Coquet Islands are visable from the seventh tee.

A stray shot from the fairway could land you on nearby Alnmouth Golf Club. Sitting close to the village at Foxton Hall, Alnmouth Golf Club is the fourth oldest club in England.

This 18-hole course is best known for its views. Framing both coastal parkland and breath-taking panoramic sea views, you’re in for a treat!

Visit an annunal Alnmouth event

Alnmouth hosts a number of annual events and all visitors are welcome to participate.

The popular Alnmouth Arts Festival in June has more than 100 exhibitors occupying over 30 village venues. What’s better, this event is free to attend, and showcases the work of some of the best Northumbrian arists.

A group of people paddling in water during a raft race

During the summer holidays, the fancy dress charity Raft Race attracts large crowds. If you’re up for the challenge, don your best costume and head for the estuary!

Volcano Night is great fun and quite a spectacle to behold! The idea behind the event is to build a giant sandcastle and light a fire on top. Can you keep it going until the tide comes in?

If that’s not your thing, perhaps you’d prefer to sample a range of over 30 local ales at the Alnmouth Beer Festival held in early October! You can expect drinks, hearty food and live entertainment to take you through the weekend. 

Venture further afield

Renowned as the most picturesque view on the Kings Cross to Edinburgh train line, Alnmouth is well connected to the big cities.

Jump aboard the train from Alnmouth Station and depart to London or Edinburgh for a day out. If you’re short on things to do in Alnmouth itself, you’re sure to find plenty of activities and attractions further afield!

Alnwick, Amble and Bamburgh are all easily accessible from Alnmouth by bus. Pack everything you need for an enjoyable day out and head off for an exploration of Northumberland!

Enjoy a bite to eat

Alnmouth is home to a mouthwatering collection of pubs, cafes and restaurants, all serving a great selection of food. Whether you’re hungry for traditional pub grub, a handmade woodfired pizza or an indulgent afternoon tea, you’re sure to find it here.

A cheese pizza cooking in a woodfired pizza oven

Sample the delicious menu at Bistro 23, or head to Scotts of Alnmouth for a takeaway coffee. There’s plenty to choose from at The Sun Inn and The Whittling House, and The Red Lion even welcomes canine companions.

If you’d prefer to dine at home, why not put your feet up and order a takeaway? We’d highly recommend the Spice Galleon and the Hope and Anchor.

Has our list of things to do in Alnmouth got you thinking about booking a break? Secure your holiday cottage in Alnmouth today and try them out for yourself!

Whilst you’re here, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our guide on things to do in Northumberland, packed full of must-visit attractions in the wider region. 

This blog has been updated 21/03/24 based on original content written by Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages