Destination guide

Between castles and cobbles in Alnwick

You'll instantly see why the set scouts for the Harry Potter films put their finger on little Alnwick as you stroll in the shadow of the town's multi-towered castle. With its crenellated keeps and forest of turrets, that mighty Norman fortress shoulders above the grasslands and the winding River Aln – an uber-romantic and enchanting vision of one of England's finest. Around that, an old town of cobbled alleys and diminutive squares lets you feel like you've gone back in time – think cosy pubs and tearooms. Meanwhile, the surrounding Northumberland countryside hosts bucolic lodges and characterful Alnwick holiday rentals aplenty.

Things to do

Medieval musts in Alnwick

Just look up – Alnwick Castle stands firm above the slate-topped roofs of the old town centre. If you've managed to bag yourself Alnwick holiday rentals within walking distance of that main attraction, you can get there nice and early for the open rooms in the summer months. Although it's still officially inhabited by the Duke of Northumberland, it's actually packed with fascinating little exhibits. Check out the ancient Roman frescoes in the Postern Tower, the Abbot's Tower's Fusiliers Museum and the various set backdrops that were used in the Harry Potter films, to name just a few.


All around Alnwick

Before you even get stuck into the rich history of Norman invaders and Northern dukes that resides in Alnwick's mighty castle, the gorgeous Northumberland countryside is sure to draw the eye. Ranging from the windswept bays of the North Sea in the east to the crumbling remnants of Hadrian's Wall in the west, it's a mecca for hikers and bikers and motorbike tourers. You can hop between pubs munching on hearty local fare, do pit stops in thatch-topped villages or go on guided wildlife tours to see the owls and otters that inhabit the untrodden countryside.


All about the weather in Alnwick

Northumberland isn't called Northumberland for nothing – it can get cold this far from London. During the winter months, between November and March, it's especially likely you'll catch temperatures close to or below zero, not to mention see a blanket of snow on the surrounding hills. That's the reason most people seek out their Alnwick holiday rentals for the summer. The months between May and August are the best, offering springtime walks in the country and sunny days for touring the bulwarks of Alnwick castle.

Natural features

Bays and beautiful reserves around Alnwick

Just a stone's throw from the windswept grass dunes and wide bays of the Boulmer coast, Alnwick is intimately linked to the sea. You can trundle down the country roads to discover sandy coves and hearty little English villages spilling onto the beaches. In the other direction are the heartlands of Northumberland. They hit their zenith with the beautiful Northumberland National Park. Bounded by the Cheviot Hills and the Scottish border, it's a place of rock-ribbed fells, bald mountains and woodland, all struck through by the enchanting remains of Hadrian's Wall.

How to get there

How to get to and around Alnwick

Fly into Newcastle (NCL-Newcastle Intl.), the closest airport, located 28.5 mi (45.9 km) from the city centre.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Alnwick Alnmouth Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Alnwick?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 778 holiday lettings around Alnwick. From 574 cottages to 574 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a beach property in Alnwick?

Perhaps it's the dreamy sea views, or maybe it's the opportunity to lounge around from morning to evening. There's just something about a beach getaway that appeals to all of us. There are 154 beachside holiday homes to pick from. Alternatively, you might like trying something different. HomeAway has tons of choices, including:

  • 146 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 139 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 120 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Alnwick?

Our house holiday rentals are real properties for real travellers. Offering loads of space to spread out, they're perfect if you want to live like a local. There are 432 options available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £65 a night. If that doesn't suit your squad's taste, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 326 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £55 per night.
  • Apartment: 36 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £55 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 16 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £39 per night.

Can I stay in Alnwick in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tricky finding the time to catch up with your nearest and dearest. A trip away is a great way to come together. If you were hoping to kick back together, HomeAway has places to suit. 90 house holiday rentals are available. Currently, they're the leading option here for big groups. The rental property options that are perfect for large numbers around here include:

  • On the lookout for properties that can sleep 6 people? We have 360 that will be suitable. Prices begin from just £47 per night.
  • Looking for somewhere for 5 guests? We have 166 that will serve you well. Prices begin at just £55 a night.
  • Organising a trip away with a group of 8? We offer 108 rental accommodation that will be ideal. Prices start from £138 a night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring your uncle, your cousin and all your pals to Alnwick.