Travelling around Alnwick
The historic market town of Alnwick is located in a picturesque setting just 5 miles from the wild Northumberland coast and only a short drive from the A1. The fact that it is an equal distance from both Newcastle and Berwick makes it an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, and Arriva buses run to and from Alnwick in both directions.
Once you’ve arrived, however, there’s every chance that you’ll want to spend your time simply strolling the cobbled streets, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere and admiring the many historic buildings.
There are events held in Alnwick throughout the year, such as the annual food, beer and international music festivals, as well as regular farmers markets and even a medieval jousting tournament, so whenever you arrive you can be sure of a warm welcome.
The history of Alnwick goes back as far as the 7th century, but it was the building of Alnwick Castle, the ancestral seat of the Percy family, that really put it on the map. Scattered around town you’ll find memorials marking the battles which were waged across the centuries between the inhabitants of Alnwick and the invading forces from Scotland. The response to this was to build town walls, and two of the four gates along this wall are still standing. These imposing landmarks are at Pottergate and Bondgate. For another glimpse into Alnwick’s rich history, pay a visit to St Michael’s Church, which dates back to the 12th century, or cross the 17th-century Lion Bridge.