Discover the magic of Alnwick, whether you are visiting for the day or a weekend break, there are so many things to do in Alnwick. From walks in Alnwick, to exploring Alnwick 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.

Read on to find out more about why Alnwick is one of the best places to visit in Northumberland. 


Step Inside Alnwick Castle


No visit to Alnwick is complete without a trip to Alnwick Castle. 


Experience medieval life for yourself as you venture through the historic Lion Arch and watch history come to life with our resident artisans and their medieval crafts, enjoy a range of spectacular and family friendly medieval performances and demonstrations as part of our events programme, as well as immersing yourself in medieval history by trying on our range of wonderful medieval costumes for adults and children


A visit to Alnwick Castle is truly magical, with a mystical dragon quest to take on. Join forces with our resident dragon catcher and Harry Hotspur, and be the courageous princess or brave knight that you have always wanted to be. 


The magic doesn’t stop there, ever wanted to learn to fly a broomstick? Take part in one of the Alnwick Castle Broomstick Training sessions, where every witch and wizard can master their broomstick skills in the very place that Harry Potter learnt to fly.


Scenic Walks Around Alnwick


Take in the beautiful Northumberland countryside that surrounds Alnwick, experiencing the spectacular scenery for yourself. Enjoy walks around the Alnwick Castle grounds where you can step in the footsteps of film and television stars who have starred in iconic film and television productions, including Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, as well as Transformers: The Last Knight. You may have previously enjoyed Alnwick Castle on screen, and now you can feel like you  are on a film set as you discover the castle grounds. Don’t forget to download our visitor map to help guide you around as you explore. 


Discover more walks in Alnwick and stretch your legs at the beautiful and historic Hulne Park surrounding Alnwick Castle, as well as at the iconic beaches of Alnmouth and Embleton Bay nearby to Alnwick. 


Discover Alnwick Town


Of course, a visit to the town centre provides a wealth of things to see and do in Alnwick, offering a mix of shops, accommodation, pubs and restaurants for food and drink, that are perfect for enjoying Alnwick at your own pace. Just a short walk from Alnwick Castle, you can discover more history in the old market square, as well as being able to enjoy the Alnwick market held every Thursday and Saturday, and the last Friday of each month. There is something around every corner of the town's cobbled streets for visitors to enjoy. 


Plan your visit 


Ready to plan your visit to Alnwick? Make sure to book your tickets online on the Alnwick Castle website to secure your visit to the castle. Not only will this give you access to all that the castle has to offer on the day of your visit, but will automatically become an annual pass that you can use throughout the year to visit us whenever we are open to the public. So whether you have journeyed from Newcastle to Alnwick or are visiting from further afield, you can come back to Alnwick Castle free for twelve months.