The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. Designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, The Garden is a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play.
From the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, to the Serpent Garden’s spell-binding water sculptures, the intrigue of the Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight.
Known as the ‘Windsor of the North,’ Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England and home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, whose ancestors have lived here since 1309.
Dramatically situated on the edge of the town, the castle battlements rise above stunning Capability Brown grounds and resonate with history, from the 14th century exploits of Harry Hotspur, to the grisly Gunpowder Plot. Now renowned as the magical setting for ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films, as well Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and numerous television programmes, it is true deja vu territory.
Barter Books in Alnwick — housed in the town’s magniﬁcent old Victorian railway station — is Europe’s largest second-hand book store and home to the famous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster.
Named by the New Statesman magazine as “The British Library of second-hand bookshops”, bookworms of all ages can while away hours riﬂing through its packed bookshelves while a train circles the model railway overhead.
Just a short drive away with its wide golden beach – perfect for sandcastle building, or just enjoying feeling the sand beneath your toes.
Gaily painted houses strung along the north bank of the River Aln estuary welcome you to picturesque Alnmouth. Once an important grain port, a ferocious storm on Christmas Eve in 1806 altered the course of the river, stranding the harbour and changing village life forever.
Chillingham Castle is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in Northumberland, famed for action and battles. With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms, the castle has an extraordinary ownership bloodline which runs back to the 1200s.
The Castle — one of the most haunted in England — has been owned by one continuous bloodline, the relating back to the Earls Grey who ruled the fortress for the founding centuries. Those Grey Lords built the Castle’s alarming dungeons and torture chambers, as well as the beautiful parklands and gardens.
Hulne Park is the only one remaining of the three parks that once surrounded Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, providing wood and meat for the table of the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland.
Still owned by the Duke of Northumberland, this beautiful park with its stunning views is reputedly a favourite of members of the Royal Family and is open to the public.
It is the site of Hulne Priory, Alnwick Abbey, and Brizlee Tower and offers fabulous country walks (please note, dogs are not allowed in the park).
A visit to the National Trust’s Cragside, home of the brilliant Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong, is a must if you’re staying at The Hog’s Head Inn.
The ﬁrst house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity, Cragside, one of the most technologically advanced homes of the Victorian age, is crammed full of ingenious gadgets — many of them still working.
Take in Cragside’s amazing gardens, including one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. Children will love the adventure play area and exploring Nelly’s Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.
The most lightly populated 400 square miles in England and home to its cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies. Delve into our Roman past by visiting Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site or lace up your boots for a day soaking up the stunning scenery and solitude.
Several lovely valleys run out of the Cheviot Hills with pretty market towns such as Wooler, in Glendale. Rothbury in the Coquet valley sits below a great sandstone ridge called Simonside that has fabulous walks, and Bellingham, with its heritage centre and waterfall, is the gateway to the North Tyne valley and Kielder Water park. In the south of the park is the most scenic section of Hadrian’s Wall.
Nearby Bywell Shooting Ground offers first rate clay pigeon shooting experiences including tuition, world class events and shop providing you with professional service and expertise on gun-fit, accessories, coaching and all other aspects of shooting. Find out more.
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