Alnwick
Alnwick
Alnwick is a very pretty town, with plenty of historic interest packed into a small space. The most obvious destination for visitors is Alnwick Castle, ancestral home of the powerful Percy clan. The castle is of Norman origin, but was restored in the Victorian period. Two town gates survive, a 15th century gate surmounted with the lion symbol of the Percy's, and the gatehouse of the old medieval abbey. Two 17th century bridges still bring traffic into Alnwick. Three miles away is 13th century Hulne Priory.
A much more recent attraction in Alnwick is the award-winning Alnwick Garden, a contemporary garden mixing sculpture, design, and horticulture in a fascinating way, and featuring the world's largest treehouse. Alnwick is a absolute gem, and one of our favourite places to visit in the north of England.