Alnwick in the modern day offers a huge number of attractions, museums and galleries including the stunning Alnwick Castle and the Alnwick Garden. Combine this with excellent amenities, bars, restaurants, deli's, cafes and shopping in a stunning location and you have a winning formula that will make every visitor fall in love with both the town and the local area. I'll start Your Alnwick Guide by giving you perhaps the most important information of all, how to get here.
Newcastle Airport lies around 45 minutes drive-time away, and provides 19 daily flights to London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and London City), with regular flights to other UK centres. The airport also operates regular flights to many European destinations, along with destinations in Africa and North America. Newcastle Airport is the nearest, however for alternative flights, Edinburgh Airport, Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport are all within 150 miles (240 km).
Test your knightly skills in the darkness of the dragon's lair!
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The Alnwick Garden is more than a garden, it is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of a community. As well as standing for contemporary gardening excellence. MORE ABOUT THE GARDEN TRUST
Whether it’s rifling through the shelves of Barter Books, one of the UK’s largest second hand bookshops, housed in the town’s old railway station or catching a performance at Alnwick Playhouse; toe-tapping to live music in a lively inn or exploring the Bailiffgate Museum which brings to life the people and places of Northumberland, there’s always something to do in Alnwick. One thing is for sure; a magical time awaits you in this spellbinding town.
Learn what lies beneath the castle walls. Be warned, this dark adventure is not for the fainthearted...
Learn the story of the luxurious state coach which once carried the 3rd Duke of Northumberland to the coronation of Charles X.
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My wife and I are delighted to offer you a very warm welcome to Alnwick Castle, which has been my family's home for over 700 years. It is an important part of British heritage; its walls are steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance and chivalry. We very much hope that you enjoy your visit to our special home.-- Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland
A strange wind is blowing through The Garden, bringing with it a band of fairy tale characters and an exciting quest. Beauty is in trouble, the Wicked Queen intends to poison her. Will you join our fairy tale adventure and try to save Beauty?
Stopping to smell the roses? There’s over 200 species in The Garden. Fancy something a little more dark and twisty? Our Poison Garden hosts some of history’s most gruesome killers. MORE ABOUT GARDENING
Led by ‘Spark’, The Alnwick Garden Christmas Grand Lantern Parade is a magical live music, light and movement spectacular.
The history of Alnwick is the history of the castle and its lords, starting with Gilbert Tyson, written variously as "Tison", "Tisson", and "De Tesson", one of William the Conqueror's standard bearers, upon whom this northern estate was bestowed. It was held by the De Vesci family (now spelt "Vasey" – a name found all over south-east Northumberland) for over 200 years, and then passed into the hands of the house of Percy in 1309.
The main East Coast railway link between Edinburgh (journey time approximately 1:10) and London (journey time approximately 3:45) runs via the nearby Alnmouth for Alnwick Station, with a weekday service of 15 trains per day north to Edinburgh and 13 trains per day south to London. Despite its name, Alnmouth Station is located at the western end of the village of Hipsburn, near to the hamlet of Bilton. It also serves the village of Lesbury.
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The Alnwick by-pass takes the A1 London – Edinburgh trunk road around the town. It was started in 1968.
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Explore acres of fascinating plants, water sculptures, the infamous Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest wooden treehouses. Discounts of up to 25% available.
Take a tour of the State Rooms and discover the magnificent art and furniture collections.
Imagine a seed, curiously shaped, faintly fragrant despite its many centuries of lying forgotten within the pages of a dusty plant hunter’s note book. What could germinate from such strange seed? Grown in secret and revealed at the Alnwick Garden this Christmas, the Paradise Tree, bearing its magical fruit.
In 1314, Sir John Felton was governor of Alnwick. In winter 1424, much of the town was burnt by a Scottish raiding party. Again in 1448 the town was burnt by a Scottish army led by William Douglas, 8th Earl of Douglas and George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus.
Welcome to The Alnwick Garden, one of the worlds most contemporary gardens.
Alnwick lies at 55°25′00″N 01°42′00″W / 55.41667°N 1.70000°W / 55.41667; -1.70000 (55.417, -1.700)1. The River Aln forms its unofficial northern boundary. Historically, the town was partly within the Bamburgh Ward and Coquetdale Ward and later included in the East Division of Coquetdale Ward in 1832.
A fascinating exhibition which delves into the life of Alnwick Castle's most famous son.
For a unique way to tie the knot, high in the tree tops or with the stunning vista of our Grand Cascade, The Alnwick Garden is dedicated to your special day.
Join our knowledgeable guides to hear fascinating stories of the castle's architecture and history.
The town has a thriving playhouse, a multi-purpose arts centre, which stages theatre, dance, music, cinema, and visual arts productions.
Fill your Christmas stockings with unique and eclectic delights, and buy fabulous and unusual gifts for friends and family.
A dramatic new Northumberland Halloween experience awaits. Are you bold enough to venture out into the mysterious Dark Garden to discover its night time secrets? Will you emerge dead or alive from the Poison Garden, and who, or what, are the shadowy figures glimpsed amongst the black silhouetted cherry orchard trees? Is that an animal, or a creature from another world lurking in the dark undergrowth?
Something dark has been uncovered beneath the castle's walls... But beware, this dark adventure is not for the faint of heart.
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It has become a contemporary pleasure garden, which brings joy to millions. When I see photographs of it in darkness I feel that I am watching it sleep, resting in preparation for the people it has to entertain the following day. To me a garden without people is dead, and people have brought The Alnwick Garden to life and restored its soul.
Meet Father Christmas and his cheeky elves at The Alnwick Garden hidden in his magical grotto.
As the growing season gets into full swing The Garden erupts into a multitude of flower colour, from highly scented roses and stunning herbaceous perennials all growing through subtle hues of cool green foliage.
Scale the trees of our Woodland Walk in a climbing adventure suitable for all ages and abilities.
Alnwick Fair was an annual costumed event, held each summer from 1969 to 2007, recreating some of the appearance of medieval trading fairs and 17th century agricultural fairs. It has now been discontinued.