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Alnwick is a pretty town in Northumberland, England. Its name is pronounced 'Annick'.

Get in[edit]

Arriva Bus X15 MAX runs hourly from Newcastle upon Tyne Haymarket, taking 90 min via Gosforth and Morpeth, as of July 2022. Alternate buses continue north up the A1 to Beal (for Lindisfarne), Scremerston and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The nearest railway station is Alnmouth 3 miles southwest, with trains on the London-Newcastle-Edinburgh route. The Arriva Bus X18 and X20 MAX routes run every half hour from Alnmouth Station to Alnwick (13 min) as of July 2022 or organise a taxi (£12 as of Oct 2022).

Get around[edit]

On foot or by taxi.

See[edit]

  • 1 Alnwick Castle. Grounds and towers daily 10AM-4:30PM (last entry 3PM). The "poison garden" tour is entertaining. Seeing the castle might be a thrill for people who are fans of the Harry Potter films, Rowan Atkinson's "Black Adder", Transformer 5, or Downtown Abbey (it was used as "Brancaster Castle" in two Christmas specials. Walking tours are included in the prices (historical or film locations), and there are children's activities, like introductory broom-riding. Adult £19.50, 60+ or full time education £15.75, 5 to 16 years £19.25, under 4 free (2 adults and up to 4 children £53. Alnwick Castle (Q1320427) on Wikidata Alnwick Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Alnwick Gardens. This is a fantastic place to visit with a young family. There are numerous fountains (modern design) that children are allowed to play in. It is a bit pricely to get in but children are free! The cafe provides children's lunch boxes at a reasonable price. The Alnwick Garden (Q7713211) on Wikidata The Alnwick Garden on Wikipedia
  • 3 Brinkburn Priory, Longframlington, NE65 8AR (14 miles south of Alnwick), +44 1665 570628. adults £3.50, children £2.10, concessions £3.20. Brinkburn Priory (Q4968406) on Wikidata Brinkburn Priory on Wikipedia
  • 4 Dunstanburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Road, Craster, NE66 3TT (7 miles north east of Alnwick), +44 1665 576231. adults £4.20, children £2.50, concessions £3.80. Dunstanburgh Castle (Q515105) on Wikidata Dunstanburgh Castle on Wikipedia
  • 5 Warkworth Castle and Hermitage, Castle Terrace, Warkworth, NE65 0UJ (8 miles south east of Alnwick), +44 1665 711423. adults £5.00, children £3.00, concessions £4.50. Warkworth Castle (Q922422) on Wikidata Warkworth Castle on Wikipedia
  • 6 Cragside, Rothbury, NE65 7PX (10 miles south east of Alnwick), +44 1669 620333, . Cragside (Q5180627) on Wikidata Cragside on Wikipedia
  • 7 Aln Valley Railway, Lionheart Railway Station, Lionheart Enterprise Park. 10:30AM-4:30PM (on advertised operating days - see https://alnvalleyrailway.co.uk/plan-your-visit). A short preserved railway.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Barter Books, Alnwick Station, NE66 2NP, +44 1665 604888. Daily 9AM-7PM, closed only on Christmas Day; buffet: 9AM–6:30PM, last orders for hot food 5PM; ice cream parlour 11AM-4PM. The largest second hand bookstore in the UK, housed in the former railway station. It is the loveliest place and its charm is complete with a fireplace, old Victorian sofas, and a miniature train running on top of the bookshelves. It holds some very old and rare books and has its own cafe in the back.

Eat[edit]

  • A good cheap pizza place is in the high street.
  • Olympic Restaurant within the White Swan Hotel (see Sleep) is a recreation of the first class lounge of RMS Olympic, sister ship of Titanic. The hotel bought the fittings, along with a revolving door and staircase, when the ship was scrapped in Jarrow in 1936. Have breakfast, lunch, Sunday afternoon tea or dinner to see what dining on the Titanic might have been like - although the menu is contemporary.

Drink[edit]

  • The Hairy Lemon, 26 Narrowgate. A quiet, well-priced public house in Bondgate Within, located halfway between the Castle and the Market Place.
  • Blackmore's. A friendly new modern bar next to Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without. Much more friendly atmosphere for tourists.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 White Swan Hotel, Bondgate Within, Alnwick NE66 1TD, +44 1665 602109. Hotel in a 18th century coaching inn (which means no lift to upper floors). Bedrooms are modern and middlebrow, yet you're paying upmarket prices. Its most distinctive feature is the dining room, furnished from RMS Olympic, see Eat . B&B double £170. White Swan Hotel (Q3609073) on Wikidata White Swan Hotel, Alnwick on Wikipedia
  • Cookie Jar, 12 Baliffgate, Alnwick NE66 1LU, +44 1665 510465. Smart stylish upscale hotel in former convent with good dining. B&B double £160.

Connect[edit]

As of July 2021, Alnwick has a patchy 4G signal from all UK carriers. 5G has not reached the town.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Alnwick
EdinburghBerwick-upon-Tweed  N UK road A1.svg S  MorpethNewcastle upon Tyne


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