Alnmouth Tourist Information

Today’s Alnmouth (pronounced Al-un-mowth approximately) is a quiet and picturesque seaside village with beautiful sandy beaches, but in the 17th & 18th centuries it was a very busy port indeed - exporting more corn than Newcastle. Indeed it had so much traffic in the 18th century that Alnmouth Court implemented a law that outlawed carts from standing in the streets for more than 1½ hours at a time - pre-dating today’s modern parking restrictions by over a hundred years. Alnmouth was also a haven for smugglers, and the nearby coastal village of Boulmer was known as the “smuggling capital of Northumberland”.
Alnmouth takes its name from the River Aln which enters the North Sea here, but it was a change to the course of the river which resulted in the port’s harbour being unable to accommodate the larger cargo boats which started a slow and steady decline in Alnmouth’s trade, and this decline was later hastened by the coming of the railways. The river’s course changed after a ferocious storm on Christmas Day in 1806, in which the river burst its banks, the village was flooded, houses were washed away and the church was destroyed. It must have been a miserable Christmas for the surviving residents.
Now the seaport is very much a part of Northumberland’s beautiful Heritage Coast. It’s an excellent place to have a quiet drink with a meal by the sea in one of its cafés, pubs and hotels, or as the base for a relaxing holiday exploring the area.
The local Boat Club warmly welcomes visitors - Alnwick is a lovely spot to moor a boat (though not one with a fixed keel, as the river changes its course every now and then).
Alnwick has two golf clubs, one of which is the second oldest in England (and the fourth oldest in the UK). And if, like Mark Twain, you think that golf is a good walk ruined, there are plenty of other opportunities for rambles along the coast, or riding the Coast and Castles Cycle Route. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nearby there are opportunities for birdwatching, seal spotting, or just relaxing in achingly beautiful surroundings.
Interesting fact 1:
The Methodist preacher John Wesley is believed to have visited Alnmouth in 1742 said of the village that it was “famous for all kinds of wickedness”.
Interesting fact 2:
During the American War of Independence, a warship commanded by John Paul Jones fired a cannonball at the village hitting the roof of a farm building.

Things to see and do in Alnmouth:

Alnmouth Golf Club
Bamburgh Castle