Alnwick, famous for it’s castle and gardens this historic market town is one of the premier visitor attractions in Northumberland. The town still has cobbled streets,narrow alley ways, small shops and a country life air to it.There are both local and continental markets to tempt you.
The Castle and gardens. Known as the Windsor of the North this beautifully preserved medieval castle is a major attraction. It was chosen as the location of Hogwarts for the Harry Potter films and everything about it is magnificent. The whole set up is very professional and there are activities organised for children.You can expect to take a whole day out at this major attraction.
Barter books is arguably the largest second hand book shop in the country. It is located at the old railway station and is known throughout the country for its selection and choice of old and new books.
The White Swan hotel in the centre of town is unique in that it has a room fitted out with furnishings from the sister ship of the Titanic. These are exactly the same as those which would have gone to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1913 so you can sit and imagine Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet in the same room as you.
If you want to eat out then there is plenty of choice. From a friendly fish and chip shop to good quality dining you are sure to find something good.
A short distance back from the town centre there are plenty of bed and breakfasts to chose from and if you are after a short break then there are usually late accommodation offers.
A couple of miles outside Alnwick you have the pretty port at Alnmouth. A slightly longer trip will take you to the busy port of Seahouses or the magnificent castle at Bamburgh.
Inland the country estate of Cragside alongside Rothbury is only 1 hours drive away.
Geographically it is half way between Newcastle and Berwick.
Article written by Mike Holly who has been exploring cottages around Alnwick.