About Alnwick

Alnwick is a historic and affluent market town set within Northumberland. It is approximately 35 miles north of Newcastle Upon Tyne and easily accessed via the A1. Alnmouth train station is located 4 miles to the south-east.

The town is popular with both visitors and locals. Tourist attractions include Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick Playhouse, Barter Books and Bailiffgate Museum.

Alnwick Market Day takes place every Saturday with monthly Farmers and Craft Markets. An additional Thursday Market is held during the Spring and Summer seasons.

From farming to fortress, Alnwick has had a turbulent and fascinating history.

Once a ‘village by the river’, Alnwick was given to Baron de Vesci after the Norman Conquest, and later acquired by the Percy family. They built and expanded Alnwick Castle, and a wall was constructed around the town itself to defend it against the Scots Border Lords.

The Dukes of Northumberland represented the King in the Northern frontier of England and kept the peace. Sometimes loyal to the king of the day and sometimes not, the Dukes participated in civil wars, insurrections, battles and politics as the most powerful aristocrats of their day.

The fractious relationship between England and Scotland meant that Alnwick had survived wars, skirmishes, sacking and burning. King Malcolm III of Scotland was killed here, marked with a cross near the castle, and King William of Scotland was captured here in the Second Battle of Alnwick.

The Town

Now peaceful, Alnwick’s history can be read on its streets and in the town’s Bailiffgate Museum. At one end of the town, the 15th-century Hotspur Tower is one of the original gates to Alnwick, and an 18th-century replica of another stand in Pottergate at the northern entrance to the town.

Buildings and monuments from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries can be seen in the main streets of Narrowgate, Fenkle Street and Bondgate Within, and the 15th-century St Michael’s Church stands near the Castle.

In Alnwick’s Marketplace, there is an old stone cross, the Town Hall and the 19th-century Northumberland Hall. More recently, a bronze statue of Alnwick’s famous son, Harry Hotspur, was erected in 2010 in Narrowgate, and immediately outside the town centre is the Tenantry Column, the old Railway Station (now home to Barter Books) and The Alnwick Garden.

Modern Alnwick

Alnwick’s 160 retailers are a mix of favourite national shops and local boutiques located in the centre of Alnwick, all within easy walking distance of each other.

Do you enjoy locally produced, high-quality food, home bakers, speciality teas, award-winning local butchers, cheese shops, jewellery, books, household gifts, antiques, weekly/monthly auctions and open-air markets? Alnwick has it all.

Coffee shops and cosy cafés, an award-winning fish and chip restaurant: Alnwick serves everything from snacks and light lunches to traditional Northumbrian food and drink. International cuisine is not neglected with established Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants located centrally.

And now we are happy to add to the choice of options with our 14-course fine dining experience, using the finest of ingredients.

Traditional pub food and real ales are also available in the town’s excellent hostelries.