Lying in the heart of Northumberland just 30 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne is the District of Alnwick. Stretching from the unspoilt wilds of the Northumberland National Park to the outstanding beauty of the Heritage Coast, the region has everything for a perfect holiday. Rolling countryside, long sandy beaches, quaint villages and historic market towns sit with magnificent castles in spectacular surroundings.
The main town, and the Best Place to Live in Britain (Country Life 2002), of the area is Alnwick, historic county town of Northumberland and seat of the Duke of Northumberland. Cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings combine to make this one of the most picturesque market towns in Northumberland. Alnwick is home to one of the largest second hand bookshops in England - Barter Books which is situated in a former Victorian station, House of Hardy famed for its high quality fishing rods and of course the 'jewel in the crown' Alnwick Castle.
Alnwick Castle rises magnificently from the banks of the River Aln and remains the family home of the Duke of Northumberland. Considered one of the finest castles in England and known as the 'Windsor of the North' this has been the family home of the Percy family for nearly 700 years.
In addition to this spectacular castle is Alnwick Garden - an outstanding 12 acre garden development including unique water features, topiary and sculptures - designed by internationally renowned Belgian father and son team Jacques and Peter Wirtz. Other spectacular castles well worth visiting and just a short distance from Alnwick include Warkworth. Set in the heart of a picturesque village on the River Coquet and a short distance from a stunning dune backed sandy beach this imposing castle is also the scene for a number of family activities in the summer. The view from Warkworth reaches across the River Coquet to the small fishing town of Amble with its marina, harbour and friendly town this is certainly the place to stop for some of the best fish and chips in the region.
House of Hardy Museum and Country Store
Howick Hall Gardens
Low Newton Beach
National Park Centre Ingram
Village Farm Cottages
Pub and BarQueens Head
Roseden Farm Shop
R Turnbull & Sons
The Willows Garden Centre
The Alnmouth Grocer
John Elliot Ltd
J D Sports
Shire Pottery Gallery
A World of Difference
Mojo Toys & Gifts
Places to Stay near Alnwick
Tate House Bed & Breakfast (0.05 miles)
White Swan Hotel (0.07 miles)
Bondgate House (0.08 miles)Alnwick and Northumberland as a whole offer some wonderful; local and organic foods and we source as much as we can locally. Since the quality of the breakfast is such an important part of staying ... More | visit website
The Market Tavern (0.20 miles)
Peaseblossom House (0.23 miles)
Percy Terrace Bed And Breakfast (0.23 miles)
Redfoot Lea Bed & Breakfast (1.26 miles)The house has been tastefully converted to combine modern and traditional features which aid a warm and friendly atmosphere.Redfoot Lea is ideally situated on the outskirts of Alnwick (1.5 miles)and is within easy reach of ... More | visit website
Village Farm Cottages (2.51 miles)
Hope and Anchor Hotel (3.90 miles)
Saddle Bed & Breakfast (3.90 miles)
The Saddle Hotel & Grill is a small friendly family run business. Located in the sea side village of Alnmouth, in the heart of the ... More