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Things to do in Alnwick

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You and your loved ones will be delighted to find plenty of great things to do in Alnwick, a magical cobbled town in Northumberland. From exploring the famous Norman fortress to admiring the award-winning gardens, Alnwick attractions and activities are sure to impress!

Alnwick Attractions

Alnwick Castle is perfect for those interested in heritage and architecture. Since the 13th century, this Norman fortress has been the seat of the Percy Family and today is the second-largest inhabited castle in the UK. As well as the opportunity to admire the interiors of the castle, you will also find Harry Potter-inspired events and a dragon quest!

After exploring the castle, spend the afternoon exploring Alnwick Garden. Gaze at the Grand Cascade, which boasts 120 water jets before refuelling at The Treehouse Restaurant, set amidst lime trees and 18 meters above the ground.

Whilst in Alnwick, be sure to visit the nearby Dunstanburgh Castle. This 14th-century fortification is steeped in history, falling to ruin after the War of the Roses.

Another popular thing to do in Alnwick is the Baliffgate Museum, dedicated to the history of the town and local district. Come evening, head to The Alnwick Playhouse, perfect for lovers of theatre and production and has been since 1925.

Other Alnwick attractions include; the Alnwick Poison Garden, Howick Hall Gardens, Hulne Park, Brizlee Tower and Alnmouth Beach for those balmy afternoons.

You can use one of the many classy Alnwick restaurants as a stop-off during your day of exploration. The 300-year-old coaching inn, the White Swan Hotel, is perfect for those in the mood for a fine dining experience, however, you will find a collection of traditional pubs and quaint cafes for when you’re seeking something more leisurely.

Our things to do in the Alnwick guide will set you up perfectly for your next break…

  • Alnwick Castle and gardens

    Alnwick Castle

    Alnwick Castle
    NE66 1NQ

    The castle is one of the UK’s most iconic structures and the family seat of the Duke of Northumberland. The medieval building and its beautiful gardens are open to the public year-round, boasting exhibitions and special events throughout.

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  • bailiffgate museum

    Bailiffgate Museum

    Bailiffgate Museum
    14 Bailiffgate
    NE66 1LX

    A people’s museum that hosts a variety of activities and unique exhibitions for the entire family, including interactive displays that explain the narrative of Alnwick. With a miner’s kitchen and a Victorian schoolroom, this is a fun and educational day out.

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  • Chillingham Castle

    Chillingham Castle
    NE66 5NJ

    One of Northumberland’s most historic castles, Chillingham Castle dates back to the 13th century and is a Grade I listed fort. The castle has a remarkable ownership lineage that dates back to the early 12th century, alongside spooky ghosts.

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  • Dunstanburgh Castle

    Dunstanburgh Castle

    Dunstanburgh Castle
    Dunstanburgh Road
    NE66 3TT

    Described as one of the most photographed ruins in the country, Dunstanburgh Castle towers over the Northumberland coastal line. With magnificent sea views, this is the perfect chance to get away from it all for a while.

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