I’m an Amble lass born and bred. When I was a child we used to play on the beach, walk around the pier to see Freddie the Dolphin and roll down the moat at Warkworth Castle. As I grew into a moody teenager I started to think there was nothing to do in Amble and I couldn’t wait to move away to somewhere more exciting. I just couldn’t understand why anyone would want to come and spend their summer holidays in Amble.
Now that I’m an adult (when did that happen!?) I think Amble, Northumberland is amazing. The perfect place for a staycation in the North East of England. Amble has the beautiful seaside, it is a stone throw away from the amazing Warkworth Castle, and is surrounded by lush countryside. What more could you want?
What To Do in Amble, Northumberland
The first thing you should do when visiting Amble, Northumberland has to be a wander around the pier. I remember when I was very young you couldn’t actually walk right around the pier as it was falling apart. The pier was regenerated around 20 years ago and now is the perfect place to spend an hour or so. You’ll come across the colourful beach huts, anglers on the pier hoping to get a bite, a perfect view of Coquet Island which is home to a lighthouse and – my favourite – a lighthouse which is attached to the pier itself. There are a couple of carparks in the area but you do have to pay to park. Wherever you are staying in Amble you can easily walk down to the harbour area, though.
A walk around the pier. Rockpooling on the beach. Walk to Warkworth Castle. Browse local produce at The Pods. The Lobster Hatchery. Have an ice cream at Spurrelis and watch the world go by. Druridge Bay Beach. Druridge Bay Country Park.
Once you have explored the harbour and pier area, head down onto the beach for some rock pooling. The beach that the pier surrounds is no good for searching for crabs, you need to walk around to the other beach. You’ll pass a house upon the rocks, walk through a small car park and then down a small hill into a play park. On the far side of the play park, there is an entrance down onto the beach. As long as the tide is out you’ll find hundreds of rockpools to explore.
Other Places To Visit In North Northumberland
If you’re done with rock pooling and fancy going a little further afield, Warkworth is the place for you. You can easily walk from Amble along the river to Warkworth, but if you’d rather save your legs for exploring the quaint village there is some parking at the castle and in the village itself. If you can’t see any spaces by the church in the village, following the road to the left of the church and you’ll find more parking along the riverside.
If you decide to walk to Warkworth you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of the castle. I haven’t been inside the castle for many years, but definitely head inside if you have time. From the car park at the bottom of the village, you can walk up the river towards the castle, and then head up a fairly steep path towards the castle itself or you can carry on up the river towards the Hermitage. You can only reach The Hermitage by rowing boat. Again I haven’t been for years so I’m due a visit soon!
Where To Stay in Amble
There are lots of options of where to stay in Amble, Northumberland. From the brand new Amble Inn to bed and breakfasts, to holiday homes. You won’t be short of places to stay!
Where To Eat & Drink
If there is one thing Amble, Northumberland is definitely not short of its places to eat and drink. With new cafes and restaurants opening almost every month it’s hard to keep track of my own home town’s offerings!
My favourite place to eat in Amble is The Sand Bar Cafe, especially for brunch. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with everything from a ‘Mick Muffin’, pancake and full English, to jacket potatoes with lots of fillings to choose from to yummy pasta dishes – carbonara being my favourite. In the evening you can also enjoy a freshly made cocktail which are a bargain at 2 for £10 during happy hour. I can highly recommend the mojitos. You’ll find The Sand Bar Cafe on Leazes Street, just opposite the harbour area.
If you fancy fish & chips then I’d recommend The Harbour Fish Bar for the tastiest cod or haddock in Amble. The queues may be long but it is well worth it. This is a takeaway only restaurant, so get them in a biodegradable box and take them down to the seafront. Just don’t let the seagulls pinch your chips! If a sit-down meal is more your thing then I’ve heard The Old Boat House is fantastic. It’s just had an extension build with amazing views of the harbour of across to Warkworth. Here you’ll find freshly caught fish platters and seafood, alongside pizzas made in their woodfired oven. There’s also The Fish Shack right on the actual harbour itself. You can’t miss it, it’s an upturned boat. Cosy up inside if it’s chilly, or sit and soak up the last rays of sunshine on warm evenings.
If Italian is more your thing then you’ve got a couple of options in Amble. First up is Rossini, which is at the very top of the high street, opposite The Wellwood Arms. This used to be called Zecca and I ate there many times, but I haven’t actually been since it changed hands. A restaurant I have actually eaten in is La Famiglia – a small Italian restaurant right on the main street. It has a lovely atmosphere and the food is delicious.
If you make your way further down the main street you’ll come across Sea & Soil. A few years ago I had a fab birthday meal here – a burger if I recall. The menu has fish, meat and vegetarian options so you’re bound to find something you like. If traditional pub grub is more your thing then the newly opened Amble Inn will be perfect. I’ve eaten there a couple of times and both times I was impressed. Apparently, the carvery on a Sunday is very good. I wouldn’t know though, I’m not a roast dinner fan.
Some honorable mentions include Spurellis for ice cream, The Taj Mahal for a curry, Radcliffes Bar for German-inspired dishes (not to be confused with The Radcliffe Club), and Cock & Bull – a micropub that has just opened up in the former tourist information building. I could go on but we’d be here all day. There are lots of lovely cafes around the Queen Street area, which is the main shopping street in the town.
There we have it, a comprehensive guide to my lovely hometown. Have you visited Amble before? Let me know if you visit any of my favourite paces!