Things to do in Alnwick
Alnwick Cottage is situated in the fabulous town of Alnwick.
The town’s cobbled streets and beautiful old buildings make Alnwick a wonderful base for your holiday on the Northumberland Coast.
Alnwick is brimming with history and culture, from the tranquillity of Barter Books to the splendour of Alnwick Castle.
The town benefits from excellent transport links with frequent buses between Berwick, Morpeth and Newcastle. And, as it is situated just moments from the A1, it is perfect for day trips to the beautiful towns, villages and beaches on the Northumberland Coast.
Shops and Services
There is an excellent selection of local food retailers, delis, bakeries and butchers as well as larger chain supermarkets to stock up on all your self catering needs.
The town also has excellent amenities including several banks, a fabulous leisure centre and the recently refurbished theatre to name but a few.
Within walking distance of Alnwick Cottage, you’ll find the town’s most outstanding building – Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland.
Built in the late 11th Century the Castle was once home to the most powerful medieval northern baronial family, the Earls of Northumberland.
It is the second largest inhabited castle in England, after Windsor Castle and is normally open to tourists from April to September. The castle is now one of Northumberland’s top visitor attractions.
Children can dress up as knights, hide in the stocks, take on Dragon Quest and even learn to fly a broomstick in the grounds.
During the summer months there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy for most of the day. The castle is popular with film-makers and Blackadder, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Harry Potter have all been filmed there.
Alnwick Castle Gardens
The Alnwick Castle Gardens are situated next to the castle and are usually open throughout the year, attracting 800,000 visitors each year. This is a beautiful place to visit with plenty to entertain adults and children alike. There are regular special events running during weekends and school holidays. Children love the Garden of Fairy Tales trail and also enjoy the water features, tractors, maze, rose garden and much more.
At Alnwick Castle Gardens you will also find the Treehouse Restaurant which is a magical place to dine with all the family.
Back to the centre of Alnwick town and you’ll find a thriving playhouse. This multi-purpose arts centre stages theatre, dance, music, cinema, and visual arts productions.
The Bailiffgate Museum is an award-winning family-friendly museum that has been recognised as one of the top 25 places to visit in the whole country for early years
Markets and Food Festival
Alnwick Market Square still hosts regular markets offering fresh local produce, arts and crafts, jewellery, soft furnishings and household items. The Farmers & Craft Market which is also held on the last Friday of every month. There is loads to see and amazing local fresh produce to buy, as well as children’s entertainment.
Alnwick Food Festival is normally held in September with 2 days of street food, local produce, chef demo’s and children’s entertainment and it really is a great event.
A fantastic sports and leisure centre (with swimming pool) sits at the edge of the town. Also within a 30 minute drive of Alnwick Cottage, you’ll find a huge choice of outdoor activities including football, cricket, rugby, rambling, rock climbing, water sports, cycling, horse riding and thirteen golf courses!
And There’s More…
Back to the centre of Alnwick town and an easy walk from Alnwick Cottage, you’ll also find a thriving playhouse. This multi-purpose arts centre stages theatre, dance, music, cinema, and visual arts productions.
The Bailiffgate Museum is an award-winning family-friendly museum that has been recognised as one of the top 25 places to visit in the whole country for early years.
All of this, and so much more besides! So go ahead book your stay at Alnwick Cottage – a very special holiday home by the Northumberland Coast.