Does Craster Have A Play Area?

Whenever I share my blog post about the walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle, I will often receive comments from people not realising that Craster has a play area. It does indeed have a playground and it's kind of hidden away which is why I think some people don't realise it's there.

In fact it was only after I'd visited Craster a few times myself that I stumbled across it. 

Does Craster Have A Play Area?

The playground is in a beautiful location overlooking the sea and just next to the Northumberland Coastal Path. In fact I think it may actually be right on the path. 

To find it, walk past The Jolly Fisherman Pub (with your back to the harbour), past Mick Oxley Gallery and along Heugh Road for a minute or so. You won't miss it by the sea. I've marked an approximate location with a blue X on the map below. 

The playground is enclosed and best suited to under 10s I'd say. There are swings, slides, climbing nets and frames, tyres and a little seesaw too. 

Talk about a swing with a view! I think this playground may just be the one with the best view in Northumberland. 

Next to the playground is a football pitch with nets - bring your ball for a kick around and there are picnic tables too. The Piper's Pitch, the Jolly Fisherman and Shoreline Cafe all offer takeaway or you could pack a picnic. 

I recommend visiting the park after a walk to Dunstanburgh Castle and back. Often the pub and cafe are super busy so it's nice that you can grab takeaway and visit here as a back up option or even just head straight here with your picnic if it's a nice day. 

It's pretty easy to access the rocks below once you're outside of the park gates and it's a nice spot for rockpooling / exploring (obviously supervise kids). There is also a path which walks along here hugging the sea front back to the pub (although there are steps where as if you walk along Heugh Road it's step free). 

There is no car parking in the village and you should park at the Quarry Car Park (postcode NE66 3TW) just as you approach Craster. It's only a few minutes walk away and labelled on the map at the start of this post. There are public toilets here too.

Be warned though, it does get busy on peak times so get there early / visit later in the day or in the evening if trying to find a parking space stresses you out. 

Alternatively, the Arriva X18 bus stops in Craster Village

A word of warning, there is no phone signal at Craster so if you're planning on meeting here with others, make sure your plans are tight. 

If you love playgrounds, make sure you read '25 of the Best Parks and Playgrounds in North East England' next. 

Here are some more ideas for things to do in / close to Craster: 

A 4 mile walk with kids from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle 

Howick Hall Walk + Sensory Garden 


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