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Top Choice Castle in Alnwick

Alnwick Castle

Set in parklands designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the imposing ancestral home of the duke of Northumberland has changed little since the 14th century. It's a favourite set for film-makers and starred as Hogw…
Top Choice Books in Alnwick

Barter Books

Coal fires, velvet ottomans, reading rooms and a cafe make this secondhand bookshop in Alnwick's Victorian former railway station wonderfully atmospheric. It's responsible for the renaissance of the WWII 'Keep Calm …
Gardens in Alnwick

Alnwick Garden

This 4.8-hectare walled garden incorporates a series of magnificent green spaces surrounding the breathtaking Grand Cascade – 120 separate jets spurting some 30,000L of water down 21 weirs. Half a dozen other garden…
Gastropub in Alnwick

Plough Inn

An 1896 coaching inn now contains this excellent gastropub styled like a contemporary hunting lodge. Evening dining is inspired: hot water crust mixed game pie, potted rabbit with gooseberry chutney, and whole grill…
Teahouse in Alnwick

Bari Tea

Over 30 different varieties of loose-leaf tea are on offer at this 'tea brewery', whose name means 'lovely' in the local Northumbrian dialect. Teas are accompanied by crumpets, scones, cakes and slices, plus steamin…
Food & Drinks in Alnwick

Taste of Northumbria

Alnwick-distilled rum and Lindisfarne-made mead along with a range of boutique English gins and Scottish whiskies are sold at this locavore shop in the town centre. Alnwick rum is also used in seasonal Christmas pud…
British in Alnwick

Treehouse

Surrounded by Alnwick Garden's treetops (but not perched up within them as its name would imply), this timber-lined restaurant serves contemporary fare: twice-baked wild garlic soufflé; beetroot- and British gin–cur…
European in Alnwick

Olympic

Within the White Swan Hotel, this upmarket restaurant specialising in steaks and seafood is fitted with the original dining room decor from the Olympic, sister ship to the Titanic – elaborate panelling, ceiling and …