Destination Index

An non-exhaustive list of places to visit during your Alnwick Escape:

Alnmouth5 milesAttractive Village & Beach
Aln Valley RailwayAlnwickHeritage Railway
Alnwick CastleAlnwickCastle, Stately Home
Alnwick GardenAlnwickGarden
Alnwick PlayhouseAlnwickTheatre, Cinema, Tourist Information, Library
Amble9 MilesFishing Harbour, Marina, Town
Bamburgh Castle17 milesCastle
Bamburgh Beach17 milesBeach, Dunes
Barter BooksAlnwickBookshop, Café
Beadnell Bay14 milesBeach, Dunes, Harbour
Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens30 milesStately Home, Castle, Gardens, CaféEnglish Heritage
Berwick-upon-Tweed30 miles
Bolam Lake30 milesLake, Country Park
Boulmer Beach7 miles
Chillingham Castle14 miles
Cragside11 milesNational Trust
Craster7 miles
Dunstanburgh Castle7 milesCastle (Ruin)
Farne Islands16 milesWildlife Sanctuary, Island, Boat TripsNational Trust
Flodden Field (Branxton)29 milesBattlefield site
Ford & Etal29 milesEstate villages & castles
Holy Island28 milesNational Trust
English Heritage
See Tide Tables
Howick Hall Garden6 miles
Hulne ParkAlnwick
Lindisfarne Castle28 milesNational Trust
Lindisfarne Priory28 MilesPriory (Ruin)English Heritage
Northumberlandia26 milesEarthworks Sculpture, Country Park
Rothbury12 milesAttractive village
Seahouses16 miles
Simonside Hills17 milesWild Moorland Hiking
Thrunton Woods9 milesForest Hiking Trails
Wallington25 milesStately Home, GardensNational Trust
Warkworth6 miles
Warkworth Castle6 milesCastle (Ruin)English Heritage


Things to do, places to go


Alnmouth Beach
Alnmouth’s wide sandy beach stretches out north of the Aln estuary towards Boulmer. Big Skies, wide vistas and backed by the pictureque village of Alnmouth.
4 miles from Alnwick

Bamburgh Beach
A big sandy beach backed by dunes and in the shadow of Bambugh Castle.
17 miles from Alnwick

Beadnell Bay
An arced sandy dune-backed bay with a picturesque harbour. A popular beach for kitesurfers.
14 miles from Alnwick

Sandham Bay
On the northern coastline of Holy Island and only accessible on foot over the dunes, Sandham Bay is one of two beautiful and isolated beaches on the north of the island. You’ll need to check the tide tables for when the causeway road is open.
28 miles from Alnwick

Into the Wild

Farne Islands
Sailings from Seahouses harbour
The chance to sail around or land on the Farne Islands. Lighthouses, seabirds and seals.
16 miles from Alnwick

Coquet Island
Sailings from Amble harbour
The seabird sanctuary of Coquet Island is just a mile’s boat trip from Amble harbour. You can’t land, but you can get a good view of the colonies of puffins, terns and eider duck nesting here in the summer, as well as island’s year around seal colony.
9 miles from Alnwick
Web: Dave Gray’s Puffin Cruises | Facebook: @puffincruisesamble

Chillingham Wild Cattle
Join a guided tour to encounter the world’s last remaining herd of wild cattle who’ve roamed around Chillingham for over 800 years. Around 100 of these untamed and pure-bred survivors of the ancient wild herd which one roamed Britain remain.

Into the City

Take the train (from Alnmouth, 30 minutes) or bus (from Alnwick, 90 minutes) into Newcastle.

You can reach Edinburgh from Alnmouth in just over an hour.

On the rails again

Aln Valley Railway
Lionheart Railway Station, Alnwick (SatNav: NE66 2HT)
A trip on a re-opened one mile section of the old branch line towards Alnmouth from Alnwick’s new enthusiast-built Lionheart station on the outskirts of the town towards Greenrigg Halt.
(The original line into Alnwick was severed by the A1(M) and the town’s old station now hosts Barter Books).
Web: | @AlnValleyRail

Newcastle & Edinburgh by rail
You can travel into the heart of Newcastle (30 minutes away) or Edinburgh (60 minutes away) for a day’s city sightseeing from Alnmouth station.
Check travel times at