10 Things to Do in Alnwick That You Shouldn't Miss

September 15, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Alnwick (/ˈænɪk/ ( listen) AN-ik) is a market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the traditional county town. The population at the 2011 Census was 8,116.
Restaurants in Alnwick

1. Embleton Bay

Embleton, Alnwick, England
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5 based on 160 reviews

Embleton Bay

Reviewed By 0043 - Hexham, United Kingdom

Staying in Embleton I walked the mike or so to the beach via the golf club...oh...point of annoyance...golf club warning notice warns of ‘beware of flying golf balls’...they don’t...the energy a golf ball possesses is kinetic and there fore it does not fly...perhaps beware of airborne golf balls would be better!?...now...this beach is simply one of the best bay Beaches in the known universe, and it’s dog friendly. The view from the sands to Dunstanbugh Castle are superb. Lots of kelp for the dogs to eat and play with...don’t forget to pick the poo...!...we’ll be back in the summer..

2. Low Newton by the Sea Beach

Newton by the Sea, Alnwick, England
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Low Newton by the Sea Beach

Reviewed By david221b - Scarborough, United Kingdom

Not only is this a lovely village with a really nice beach, there are a number of walks around cliff tops and also one that goes around the back of the sand dunes and across to Dunstanburgh Castle. Parking-if you have to pay is 50p per hour or £2 all day, but this is a lovely spot and todays visit (not my 1st) whilst unexpected, was most enjoyable. From the top of the village you have some great views of Dunstanburgh in the distance and this place is so worth the visit, also a good location for self catering holiday makers with numerous options

3. Alnmouth Beach

Alnmouth, Alnwick NE66 2RW, England
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Alnmouth Beach

Reviewed By John W - Manchester, Vermont

Maybe Febuary is not the best time to visit a Northumberland beech ,but it looked fun for dog walkers
The small beech has been spoilt by tide breaks ,which look like they have been deposited without any aesthetic responsibility,shame of course they are functional but otherwise ugly and have spoilt this beech,shame.

14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick NE66 1LX, England +44 1665 605847
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery is an award-winning people’s Museum run by volunteers, where fascinating stories of the past are told about the town and district of Alnwick. Recently receiving a £300,000 update, the Museum is housed in what was previously a church close to Alnwick Castle. It has been recognised as one of the 25 best places in the country for early years children to visit. Great for families there is lots to enjoy for adults too, detailing the stunning county and characters of Northumberland. Bailiffgate is an independent Museum and depends on the modest admission charges that it charges for adults, plus any donations and grants we might receive. Children under 16 are admitted free with a voucher downloadable from the museum website.

Reviewed By 2429H

Museum housed in an unused Church building in the shadow of the castle......very interesting displays...clear captions..recreating schoolroom.....miner,s home..(bath time)...printing workshop etc A photographic exhibition on the top flloor, not to be missed, showing "extraordinary things" with heartwarming captions. Lift available for disabled visitors

5. Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle | Greenwell Lane, Alnwick NE66 1NQ, England +44 1665 11100
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited Castles in England. Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years, it has witnessed drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance. From stunning art collections and sumptuous State Rooms to medieval crafts and Potter-inspired magic, a visit to Alnwick Castle fires the imagination.

Reviewed By Foxyladypmf - Thirsk, United Kingdom

A beautiful castle still inhabited in part by the current duke and his family. Alnwick castle has been used in many films...from Ivanhoe in 1954.....for 2 Harry Potter films through to TV including Black Adder, Antiques Roadshow, Flog It and Downton Abbey. There are special Exhibitions around about and the opportunity to have a photo taken of you riding a broomstick!! Very Harry Potter!! You can buy a joint ticket for both the Gardens and castle. We found we couldn’t do it all in one day so we had our ticket endorsed so it could be used the next day. Interestingly they took our photos to do this.

6. The Alnwick Garden

Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1NQ, England +44 1665 511350
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most extraordinary contemporary Gardens. From poisonous plants and treetop walkways to glorious roses and towering delphiniums, the Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination and fun, all brought to life with water.

Reviewed By Foxyladypmf - Thirsk, United Kingdom

Beautiful Gardens with Fountains and water features. First came here when my son was small. Kids love the water and it’s all very safe. Best feature is the Poisonous Garden. A tour guide will take you around with excellent stories to tell and information on the various plants like Belladonna etc. Restaurants available to eat in. The treehouse is a must to visit too.

7. Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Road, Craster, Alnwick NE66 3TT, England +44 1665 576231
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Dunstanburgh Castle

Reviewed By peterpiperpickedapec - london

We walked from Newton, £2 to park for the day, about 5-6 mile round trip. Forget the foot path the views are obscured by the dunes for much of the walk. The beach is beautiful and the castle ruins loom large from the outcrop on which it sits. The castle is very interesting if you like medieval history in particular Edward II. The views from the top down the coast towards Newton and Lindisfarne are pretty impressive.

8. Howick Hall Gardens

Howick, Alnwick NE66 3LB, England +44 1665 577285
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4.5 based on 462 reviews

Howick Hall Gardens

Reviewed By Jingle05 - Yorkshire

Howick Hall is virtually on the Northumberland coast and well worth a visit. In February, whe we visited, millions of snodrops lined the paths, encircled the trees and dotted around the lawns. Glorious. Home of Earl Grey himself and when we finished walking around the really attractive (well marked) woodland walks we ended our visit with a visit to His Lordship's Tea Rooms. Early Grey? But of course. We both also had some Leek & Potato Soup and it was truly good. Thick, lumpy, well seasoned and with a cleartaste of leek. Howick Hall is interesting, historic and welcoming. Well worth a visit.

17 Haven Hill, Craster, Alnwick NE66 3TR, England +44 1665 571082
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

The Mick Oxley Gallery

Reviewed By Googly2010 - Tonbridge, United Kingdom

Sorry Mick, but your kind of repetitive work is not for us and we think your prices are too high. We always like to visit art galleries and unfortunately the seaside tends to spawn many artists and galleries like this. I know taste is a personal thing but endless scenes of the sea are not for us.

10. Chillingham Castle

Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NJ, England +44 1668 215359
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4 based on 638 reviews

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle is open to the public between Easter - End of October. Hours open is 12 noon - 5pm.

Reviewed By peartree259 - Edinburgh

Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience here. I suggest you go to Alnwick or Bamburgh instead. Very unhelpful and rude staff. No interest in visitors. The grounds are gorgeous and impressive, but it's not worth it to be treated with such scorn for no reason. Definitely needs a refresher is manners let alone the tourist experience.

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