24 hours in Alnmouth, Northumberland

Just over an hour south of Edinburgh, across the border is the sleepy, coastal town of Alnmouth. With its own train station, it’s highly accessible from both London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley and is just a stone’s throw away from other beautiful towns such an Alnwick and Warkworth.

A month or so ago I had a whirlwind trip down to Alnmouth but actually managed to see a fair bit of this gorgeous town. If you’re thinking of taking a day trip there or even a weekend break or stay-cation, here are the places I would recommend visiting.

The Old School Gallery

We headed over to this hidden gem of a cafe and gallery, right in the heart of Alnmouth. Between April and October, they have a street food van located outside and the aroma of food coming from this little green van is just delicious. We had the meal box and it was filled to the brim and packed full of flavour and was actually very healthy too. As we were heading out for dinner later that day we passed on the cakes (which did look incredible), opting for a drink instead.

The Gallery is also gorgeous- so many lovely prints and pieces for the home. They also have some great pieces on their online shop.


Alnmouth Beach

This is one of my favourite beaches in Northumberland- the beach is stunning, with the ships in the back-drop and golf course over the back. It wasn’t the brightest of days when these pictures were taken so they don’t do it complete justice. It’s a really lovely walk however, and the beach is dog-friendly which is always a positive.


Exploring the town of Alnmouth

The town of Alnmouth itself is really very pretty – well worth having an explore on foot. The Village Tea Rooms caught my eye on this visit but as it was such a quick trip, we didn’t have a chance to try it out. I’ve also heard great things about Bistro 23 – if you are thinking of going there be sure to book in advance- it’s only open certain days of the week and is always very busy. It comes highly recommended so this is definitely somewhere I’d love to try out on my next visit!

If you have a bit more time on your hands, why not visit Alnwick? I’ve written a little Northumberland series on where to eat and another one on how to spend a long weekend in Alnwick.

Where are your top picks in Northumberland? I’d love to hear from you!