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Craster is a small fishing village on the coast of Northumberland, known as a good starting point to get to Dunstanburgh Castle about a mile up the coast, and famous (apparently all round the world) for its kippers (cured herrings). It has an attractive harbour, cafes and pubs and is a good base from which to explore the area. As well as local walks, boat trips are available from the harbour.

The harbour commemorates the death in 1904 of Captain Craster in Tibet. The family have owned property in the area since the 13th century and may have given their name to the village. Craster Tower is an 18th century mansion incorporating a mid-14th century Pele Tower; it is now a residential property.

Stone was mined from a quarry, which is now part village car park and part nature reserve. The remains of a structure used to help load the stone onto ships can be seen on the harbour; the stone was used for kerbstones in London.

There is limited parking – best get there early or travel by ‘bus.

Post Code
NE66 3TW
Main Historic Period
Dunstanburgh, Alnwick
Primary Management
Local Authority

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