Craster Tourist Information

Craster is a small fishing village just 6 miles northeast of Alnwick with a worldwide reputation. It is nestled on the volcanic whinstone basalt ridge called Chaster Heugh, and with a natural harbour. Local fishing has declined but boats still land there, though most of the catch comes from the Atlantic. The harbour is very quaint and it’s not hard to conjure up images of brave fishermen fighting the elements as they put to sea in all weathers to catch the fish which have always been such an important part of the British diet.

Craster Harbour

The village gets its fame from the renowned Craster kippers that are produced in the village’s 130-year-old smokehouse and are popular throughout the world. Indeed, L Robson and Sons is a fourth generation family firm who though steeped in the past, have an online shop for next-day delivery to any part of the UK.

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Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, a visit to Craster just isn’t the same unless you’ve enjoyed the delights of Craster Kipper Pate or hearty homemade Crab Soup with sandwiches at the traditional local pubs. The Jolly Fisherman, situated on the seafront is a local favourite.

Dunstanburgh Castle Lilburn TowerCraster is close to golden sandy beaches and stunning Dunstanburgh Castle. The Castle was one of the largest in the country in its heyday, and still provides a spectacular view to the north of the village. It can be reached via a short and very pleasant coastal walk.  But then nearly all the coastal walks in Northumberland are pleasant, and it is not for nothing that the Northumberland Coast has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Longs stretches of sandy beaches, stunning cliffs, vibrantly green hills, and plenty of wildlife, in particular seals and seabirds. There is an equally rewarding coastal walk to the south of Craster, towards Cullernose Point and beyond.


There are many idyllic inns and stylish self catering cottages in the area, and they are superbly placed for north and south coastal walks, horse rides or cycling trips. Each route features spectacular scenery, and the opportunity to explore the ancient burial sites and enchanting castles along route. The most popular route between Craster and Seahouses is approximately 10 miles long and benefits from astounding views of Dunstanburgh Castle, the breathtaking sites of Embleton Bay and passes through the picturesque village of Low Newton by the Sea. You can rest your legs in one of the many pubs along the way, all offering a warm, friendly welcome with a fine array of ales and mouth-watering cuisine.

Alternatively, if you want to lie back and relax whilst picnicking on clean sands or indulge in a spot of fishing, then Craster is for you! The harbour is an ideal fishing platform and you can expect to produce large catches of cod, coalfish, flounder or even conger eel.

The area is continuously popular with film and television makers, as well as visitors and holiday makers.

Interesting fact: Cragside country house near Rothbury, was the first in the world to use hydroelectric power to generate the electricity for its lighting.

Things to see and do around Craster:

Coast and Castles Cycle Route
L Robson & Sons Ltd
The Northumberland Coast Path
Cullernose Point
The Jolly Fisherman
Dunstanburgh Castle
Farne Islands
Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
Lindisfarne Castle
Embleton Bay
Beadnell Bay
Ros Castle
Low Newton by the Sea
Birdwatching on the Farne Islands