Alnwick is situated in the centre of Northumberland. Its extensive sandy beaches, its cool and calm friendly villages, the Simonside and Cheviot hills, its historic grand medieval Castles, and its beautiful gardens make Alnwick an ideal place for your holidays in Northumberland. There are several Stately Homes in this area. There is also a fantastic Alnwick Castle called as “The Windsor of the north”, and also referred as home of the Duke of Northumberland.
Alnwick – Historic Market Town
It is a very historic market town and it originally established as a staging post that situated at a day’s ride from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north and Newcastle upon Tyne ssituatated in the south. However, you can still find may paved streets here along with narrow passages and striking buildings made up of stone. Most of such buildings are used as shops and family business spots.
However, still here at Alnwick you can find a thriving medieval market town that gives the historic touch. Reaching here you feel like you have time back to history. Further it makes the atmosphere more beautiful through its popular local International Music Festival that is held at the centre of Alnwick. The last Friday of each month people reach here from all its surrounding to trade in local and continental markets and the Farmers Market.
There id also St. Michael’s Church that is situated near the Castle on Bailiffgate. It is referred as the Anglican parish church for Alnwick. This church was first built in Saxon times however it was later rebuilt around the 14th and 15th centuries.
If you have a taste for arts and craft then Northumberland Hall in the centre of Alnwick Market Place is a best venue to visit for you.
The other things that you should not miss to visit such as Playhouse Theatre, Embroidery Visitor Centre and and Bondgate Gallery, Bondgate Gallery is one of the great attraction across the Northumberland for the people who has interest in art and history.
It has been used as a home of the Percy family for almost 700 years and known as one of the best castles in England, Alnwick Castle that is known as a home of the Duke of Northumberland makes your day really memorable one.
It has glorious and spacious grounds that were designed by Capability Brown, dominant medieval towers, a 14th century prison, beautiful State Rooms with Italian design, paintings made by Canaletto, Van Dyck and Titian and there are alos various museums that cover the region’s military and archaeological history.
Barter Books and Station Buffet
If you love books and reading is your hobby then for you Barter Books is a best place to visit. It is basically situated in the grand building that was hitorically used as the Victorian Railway Station for Alnwick. Barter Books
is one of the largest second hand shops in England that contain more than 350,000 books.
While browsing around the market if you get hungry then you need not go far away but Station Buffet sitated in market provides the delicious food. It has been opened recently and got popular among visitors.
The Bakehouse Gallery
There is also The Bakehouse Gallery situated at the short walk of Barter Books. This gallery contains beasutiful contemporary works of art. The popular things in this gallary are sculptures and hooky wall hangings, vintage silk goodies and wirework pictures.
Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery
Another popular place to visit here is Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery that briefs about the history of Northumberland life along with a mixture of traditional displays and thrilling hand made crafts.
Entertainment is not ended here if you take few steps next to the Castle you will reach is the fantastic Alnwick Garden where you will find The Grand Cascade along with many weirs and fountains. There is also an Ornamental Garden that contains more than 15,000 plants.
This garden is developing gradually on continued basis, therefore you will find something new everytime you visit it.You will also find The Rose Garden on walkways that are heavily scented with roses, clematis as well as honeysuckle.Visitors come here in summer along with their families to enjoy picnic parties.
The Tree House
In 2005 another attraction The Tree House was added to this beasutiful place.
One thing to keep in mind while visiting this site, there are the Alnwick Garden and the Castle are different places and the opening and closing timings are diferent for both.
The coastline of the Alnwick area comprised of more than 20 fantastic miles of golden sands, sand dunes and rocky outcrops that provide a place for fun days out for all sort of peoples and a peaceful beach moves along the cool sands of Cresswell and Druridge Bay.
Coastal villages consist of the sparkling harbour town of Amble, gorgeous Warkworth with its grand castle, charming Alnmouth, oldest golf course, the hidden bays at Boulmer. One last suggestion is that you do not forget to taste famous smoked kippers and salmon at the fishing village of Craster when you walk to Dunstanburgh Castle.