In the heart of Northumberland is the district of Alnwick, famous for its unspoilt beauty, long sandy beaches, charming quaint villages and of course the iconic Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. Not only is there an impressive castle to explore, Alnwick Gardens are a must visit and a great day out for all the family. The castle has medieval towers to climb, amazing stately rooms to admire filled with treasures, paintings, artefacts and an admirable arrange of crockery from long, long ago.
No matter what age you are, there’s plenty to do at the castle and once you pay your initial entrance fee the pass lasts all year round. There are historical tours to go on, you can tour the castle’s film locations, best known for Harry Potter movies and most recently, Downtown Abbey. Look out for the Potter Insipired Characters performance, Broomstick Training and the dark underground adventure of The Lost Cellars performances.
The Alnwick countryside is a wonderful area for walking and taking in long or short hikes, or perhaps strolls to capture the wildlife on camera, a spot of fishing or scenic cycle routes. The historic market town hosts a Farmers Market, an International Music Festival and has a Playhouse Theatre and new leisure centre should you wish to explore local village life.