Breathtaking beaches. Stunning castles. Outdoor adventures. Northumberland is a paradise if you love wide open spaces and magical destinations. And Alnwick is the perfect base to experience everything this incredible region offers. From romantic Alnwick Castle, home of Harry Potter, to the unique Alnwick Treehouse restaurant, visiting this beautiful area is the ideal way to relax and recharge.
Where is Alnwick?
Find yourself in another world in spellbinding Northumberland. Alnwick is a magical destination just a few miles from the coast, with some of the best beaches in Britain. The wide open spaces of the Northeast are made for a relaxing break, and Alnwick itself is a fantastic starting point for an exploration of this historic part of the world.
With its castle, winding cobbled streets and world-class gardens, Alnwick has plenty to charm and delight visitors — it’s ideal for a romantic weekend break or a family holiday.
Things to do near Alnwick in Northumberland
So, if you’re wondering what to do while you’re in Alnwick, these are the must-see destinations you won’t want to miss:
Most visitors head straight for magical Alnwick Castle for a Harry Potter broomstick flying lesson. And it’s easy to see why. One of the UK's most frequently used film and TV locations, Alnwick Castle is steeped in over 900 years of history. So why not step back in time and feel the magic?
The Alnwick Garden
This 21st-century garden is filled with imagination, inspiration and wonder. Enjoy their extensive Japanese Taihaku cherry blossoms collection or explore the mysterious Poison Garden. From plant species from around the world to spell-binding water features, the Alnwick Garden has something to excite and captivate all of your senses.
Lilidorei at The Alnwick Gardens
Northumberland’s newest attraction, Lilidorei is the world’s biggest play structure, and is the home of fun, magic and play. Full of adventure and story telling, there is something for the whole family to enjoy with every footstep taken through the mysterious and magical play village.
Howick Hall Gardens
There's something to enjoy year-round at Howick Hall. The gardens and arboretum create a unique environment, from the Spring Snowdrop Festival to the summer wildflower meadows. Did you know that Earl Grey tea was created at Howick Hall? Stop for a pot in the tea rooms and enjoy the refreshing bergamot notes. You can even stay at the Old Rectory Howick and enjoy a luxury break just 400 yards from the breathtaking beach.
The Alnwick market
Alnwick’s beautiful cobbled market square is home to the twice-weekly farmer's markets. There's a mouthwatering selection of local produce, including artisan bread, delicious cakes, fresh fish straight from the sea and Northumberland specialities like Singing Hinnies and stottie cakes.
Places to eat: the best pubs and restaurants in Alnwick
Chefs and foodies love the quality of produce in Northumberland. So it’s hardly surprising that there are plenty of restaurants in Alnwick where you can enjoy a meal or a pint of local ale.
The Treehouse Restaurant
Part of the fabulous Alnwick Garden, the Treehouse - the largest in the world - looks like it’s grown organically out of the tree line. It’s a magical dining experience where you’ll feast on produce from the garden and locally sourced ingredients, including freshly caught fish. The cocktail menu is justly famous for its rum-based drinks, or enjoy a pint of their own Treehouse IPA. Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, it’s an experience not to be missed.
The Hogs Head Inn
The name will be familiar to any Harry Potter fans, and dining at the Hogs Head Inn is sure to rival a dinner at Hogwarts. This fully accessible restaurant is family, dog and cyclist friendly, and all are welcome to enjoy fabulous fresh food sourced locally. Plus, the three-star accommodation makes this an excellent base for exploring Alnwick and beyond.
Grannies Tea Room
This vibrant tea room, shop and deli lies right at the heart of historic Alnwick. With bags of rustic charm, gorgeous local produce and tasty fresh baked goods, Grannies is an Alnwick institution that will make your visit extra special.
Accommodation in Alnwick: where to stay
Already planning your visit? Then you’ll need to know where to stay. Here’s our quick pick of the best accommodation in Alnwick:
Located just outside Alnwick on the fabulous Seahouses coast, enjoy a rural idyll at one of these family-owned cottages. Little Hideaways offers cosy and comfortable seaside retreats, the ideal choice for a self-catering holiday in Alnwick.
Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa
The ideal location for a pamper-me treat or short break to recharge and unwind, Doxford Hall is a picturesque venue. And their famous Sunday lunch is not to be missed!
Host and Stay
Offering a contemporary twist on holiday cottages in Alnwick, Host and Stay offers hand-picked locations across Northumberland, including Alnwick. Many properties are dog-friendly so the entire family can enjoy a fantastic holiday in Northumberland.
This family-run business has over thirty years of experience welcoming guests to Alnwick. Just three miles from Alnwick, visitors can enjoy the indoor heated pool, spa room and family-friendly vibe at Village Farm.
Breamish Valley Cottages
Nestled in spectacular scenery near Alnwick, Breamish Valley Cottages deliver understated luxury with a natural vibe. Hike the hills, or relax in the indoor heated pool at this beautiful location.
If self-catering isn’t your style, try the ultimate Alnwick B&B at Alnwick Lodge. Just one and a half miles from the centre of town, it’s a fantastic base for your next visit to Northumberland.
Visit Alnwick for an unforgettable stay
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