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Visitors walking with their dog on the beach at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
Visitors walking with their dog on the beach at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Coast and beaches in the North East

Head to the North East coast for a seaside stroll, dramatic landscapes and fascinating flora and fauna. From puffins on the Farne Islands to a historic lighthouse, there's plenty to see and do.

A white walled driveway leads towards the red and white striped tower and white buildings of Souter Lighthouse on a cloudy wintry day.

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas 

Find out what to see and do on a visit to Souter Lighthouse and The Leas. Climb the lighthouse, explore the rock pools and discover this haven for wildlife.

Two people, one silhouetted against the sky, stand on a grassy cliff top in the morning sun. They're looking over the curved bay and pale rugged cliffs of Blast Beach near Seaham.

Durham Coast 

Spot the rare Durham brown argus butterfly, stroll the England Coast Path, and explore beaches and wooded denes along a once-polluted stretch of coastline, now beautifully restored.

Visitors at the Northumberland Coast

Embleton and Newton Links 

Head to Embleton and Newton Links to discover the 18th-century fishing hamlet of Low Newton, scramble across a natural rock harbour and sandy beach, and spot wildlife at Newton Pool Nature Reserve.

Two visitors bird watching with binoculars at the Farne Islands, Northumberland

The Farne Islands 

Find out what you might see when you take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, from wildlife such as puffins and grey seals, to centuries-old buildings including St Cuthbert's Chapel.

A visitor stood on the shoreline at Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle 

Walk along a coastal trail to explore the history of the ruined 14th-century fortress Dunstanburgh Castle, uncover volcanic secrets nearby and spot wildlife such as kittiwakes and oystercatchers.

All coast and beaches in the North East

    Lindisfarne Castle seen from the sea, with the remains of wooden posts rising from the sea visible

    Discover more in the North East

    Characterful houses and gardens, atmospheric woodland and rugged coastlines plus a UNESCO World Heritage site.