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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“Iconic castle which played a part in Harry Potter & the recent Transformers films.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Castle
“Alnwick Castle, often dubbed the Windsor of the North, takes pride of place in the town of Alnwick. The castle is popular with film-makers: Blackadder, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Harry Potter; are some of the films shot here. Alongside is the Duchess of Northumberland’s blooming marvellous creation – The Alnwick Garden. Dine among the treetops in the fairytale setting of one of the world’s largest tree houses and delight at the many exquisite water features.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. Designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, The Garden is a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play. From the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, to the Serpent Garden’s spell-binding water sculptures, the intrigue of the Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight. The Garden is a space designed to be enjoyed by all your senses, with a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover, thousands of seasonal blooms and countless opportunities to get wet and play in The Garden’s water sculptures”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Home of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' moto Barter Books is one of the biggest second hand book stores in the country. Located in the old Alnwick Train Station which has be preserved beautifully. Sit and have coffee buy the open fires and snuggle with a book or two. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Treehouse Restaurant at The Alnwick Garden is truly one a kind, enormous and beautifully crafted, built from sustainably sourced Canadian Cedar, Scandinavian Redwood and English & Scots Pine, it sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it has been there forever. The Treehouse Restaurant can be found at the heart of the structure, beautiful and unique, with a log fire in the centre, trees growing from the floor, handcrafted wooden tables and chairs and screens created from fallen branches”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Sainsbury's is the largest Grocery store in town and is right there as you come of the A1. Alnwick also has an Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and multiple Co-op's. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Book Store
“Barter Books is one of the largest second hand bookstores in Britain located in Alnwick’s magnificent former Victorian railway station. Fabulous roaring fires, hearty homecooked food served at The Station Buffet and a model railway – a great hit with children of all ages.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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Theatre
“Check out the Alnwick Playhouse and see what they have on during your stay. The Playhouse is just a short walk from The Bakehouse upstairs and there's a fab Italians opposite. However be mindful that the Italians do not take reservations. I like to wonder down, put my name in for a table and have a drink at the pub next door if they are busy. Then head to the playhouse for an enjoyable evening. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“A great restaurant full of history. Fantastic food and great self-order system. We recommend you don't touch the bottles though!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sports
“Great sports centre with lovely pool, fitness studios & classes as well as climbing wall & soft play area. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“18 hole parkland golf course just on the outskirts of Alnwick. Price range £ ”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
Hotel Bar
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  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Enormous Hulne Park designed by Capability Brown with stunning views especially around the folly Brizlee Tower. Look closely you might even see some red squirels !”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The Treehouse Restaurant at The Alnwick Garden is truly one a kind, enormous and beautifully crafted, built from sustainably sourced Canadian Cedar, Scandinavian Redwood and English & Scots Pine, it sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it has been there forever. The Treehouse Restaurant can be found at the heart of the structure, beautiful and unique, with a log fire in the centre, trees growing from the floor, handcrafted wooden tables and chairs and screens created from fallen branches”
  • 9 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“A great restaurant full of history. Fantastic food and great self-order system. We recommend you don't touch the bottles though!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“If you can’t get into Care Tirreno try this place instead, you can reserve your table here unlike Tirreno.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Our favourite Chinese takeaway - it's worth the drive into Alnwick. They also have a restaurant.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pub
“Excellent food, large portions, Gin Bar. Privately owned by Scott. Close to The Alnwick Garden, Castle & market square. No booking required.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Friendly and reliable Alnwick restaurant. Good choice and suits for coffe, lunch or supper out.”
  • 1 local recommends
Indian Restaurant
Restaurant
“Our favourite spot. Great service, good value and always a good meal. You can’t book a table here but tables turnover quickly.”
  • 1 local recommends

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