The Hog’s Head Inn’s insider activity tips

August 2018

Make the most of your time at The Hog’s Head Inn with our insider’s tips on the best things to see and do in the surrounding area.

You won’t be stuck for things to do during your stay — whatever the weather — with our handy insider’s guide to what to do and what to see around The Hog’s Head Inn.

On a sunny day…

Head west to the heart of Northumberland and the breathtaking moorlands ablaze with purple heather. Look out for the fascinating prehistoric rock art at Lordenshaws.

On a rainy day…

Barter Books in Alnwick is Europe’s largest second hand book store and home to the famous Keep Calm slogan. Bookworms of all ages can wile away hours rifling through its shelves while a train circles the model railway overhead.

For beach lovers…

The colourful seaside village of Alnmouth is a short drive away with its wide golden beach – perfect for sandcastle building, or just enjoying feeling the sand beneath your toes.

For a spot of history…

Make for magnificent Cragside at nearby Rothbury. The home of Victorian industrialist and inventor Lord Armstrong, Cragside was the first domestic home in the world to be lit by electricity.

Get active with…

A walk in the Capability Brown designed parklands of Hulne Park. Owned by the Duke of Northumberland, this beautiful park with its gothic tower and stunning views is reputedly a favourite of members of the Royal Family.

Relax by…

Taking a wander through the incredible displays of world-famous Alnwick Garden. Take in the sights and fragrances of The Ornamental Garden, a horticultural delight filled with one of the country’s largest collections of European plants laid out in striking geometric beds.

Don’t miss…

A trip to Alnwick Castle. Star of many a TV and film screen, Alnwick Castle doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and more recently as Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey. Little ones can take part in broomstick training and learn to fly their very own broomstick!

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