Fancy a bit of a getaway? A few weeks into the New Year, it’s natural to start wondering about your next weekend break. Lucky for you, the time is here — and Alnwick’s calling.


From broomsticks and bookshops to tree houses and cherry blossoms, Alnwick has so much to offer. It’s a cobbled market town, nestled in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. It truly is the perfect weekend stay destination for couples, families (small or large), and even lone-wanderers.

Why go on a weekend break in Alnwick?


Alnwick is your chance to step into a fairytale town. It is quite literally the destination for magic and discovery — did you know that Alnwick Castle was one of the locations that played a starring role in the Harry Potter movies? 


So, can you visit Alnwick Castle any time of year? It’s important to note that we close over the winter months — this year we reopen on Friday 29th of March 2024. Even wizards and witches need their rest, after all! You can still book your tickets for Alnwick Castle when it’s open for the season, and there’s plenty of fun to be had. From mediaeval falconry and outdoor film evenings to book talks and history events, it’s sure to be a jam-packed year of discovery and events at the castle. Why not come for the Easter break or half-term?

How to start planning your weekend break to Alnwick


Now you know about some of the wonder, magic and mystery of this spell-binding town, it’s time to start planning your getaway. To make your weekend in Northumberland as unforgettable as possible, we’ve put together a few ideas for you to think about.

When will you go?


There’s never a bad time to visit Alnwick. Whether you wish to experience the sparkle of the cobbled streets in the summer sunshine or blow away the cobwebs of winter in Hulne Park, there’s always something fun to do and experience — even on a short trip.


When choosing a month to visit, consider aspects such as the weather, and how busy you’d prefer it to be. If you thrive in the bustle of summer, come on over in July or August. Would you prefer a quieter tour of the town? If so, it would be best to visit in the off-peak months (avoiding any school holidays).


Don’t forget that we have a handy guide of things to see and do in Alnwick, as well as our top 10 places to visit in Northumberland, and 10 places to eat in Alnwick. Take a look at what’s on, and let this shape your decision.

Where will you stay?


Alnwick offers some spectacular accommodation options so you can stay comfy and cosy throughout your Northumberland weekend break. Whether you choose accommodation in the heart of the quaint market town or a little further afield, there are some lovely places to stay in and around Alnwick.


Beyond the market stalls, you’ll find dog-friendly hotels, luxury B&Bs that will cook up a delicious breakfast, and glamping sites for time with nature. For more privacy, try a self-serviced cottage or lodge. 

What do you want to see?


If you’re visiting Alnwick Castle, don’t forget that we have special events and performances throughout the day. It’s the best way to tire out the kids with a bit of fun — they may even sleep soundly through the night.


Get ready for a busy summer of Broomstick Training, experiencing the life of the 14th century in our Artisans Courtyard, and then embarking on the Dragon Quest to finally come face-to-face with Northumberland’s most fearsome beast. If you have Dungeons & Dragons fans within your clan, they may even recognise the castle from the 2023 film.


For more information about what to do and see in Alnwick, check out our blog. We’re always updating it with inspiration on local activities and places to visit near Alnwick.

Feel the magic on your weekend break in Alnwick


From walks in Alnwick to exploring the town and stepping foot inside Alnwick Castle, this beautiful area nestled in the heart of Northumberland has so much to offer visitors throughout the year.


Ready to plan your visit to Alnwick? Make sure to book your tickets online to secure your visit to the castle. Not only will this give you access to the castle on the day of your visit, but will automatically become an annual pass, too. This means you’ll be able to use it throughout the year to visit us whenever we are open to the public. 


So whether you’re journeying from a local town in Northumberland or visiting from further afield, get ready for a delightful weekend away in Alnwick.