Alnwick Delights

A visit to the traditional market town of Alnwick is a treat for everyone. There is so much to see that it’s easy to spend a whole day here.

The town itself is full of nooks and crannies which are best explored on foot. In the centre of the town is Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland, the second largest inhabited castle in England, second only to Windsor Castle! The castle was used as the set for the first two Harry Potter films  and you might recognise the quidditch scenes filmed here too. There are lots of fun activities for children as well as the wonderful art collection to admire.

Don’t miss the priceless antiques in the fabulous state rooms, remodelled in the 1800s with, all set within a landscape designed by Capability Brown.

The contemporary Alnwick Garden has put this lovely little town on the map- visitors come from all over the world to marvel at the incredible water features and the famous cascades, and the walled garden has something of interest in all seasons. Children of all ages and those young at heart love the fairy-tale treehouse, fully accessible and the largest treehouse in the world. If there is time we can pop into Barter Books, the largest second-hand bookshop in the country, housed in the former railway station.