We hope that the sites listed here will be of interest to visitors to the Alnwick area.

Please note that the inclusion of these links do not imply any endorsement by the Aln Valley Railway of the products, services or information offered by these sites. The Aln Valley Railway Trust cannot accept responsibility for the content or availability of external websites.

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Local Attractions

Attractions in the Alnwick area.

Alnwick Castle

Each day at Alnwick Castle, you can join one of our well-informed guides for a tour of the Castle and Grounds, enjoying fascinating stories from the past as they reveal the Castle’s history from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter.

The Alnwick Garden

The most exciting contemporary garden on earth. Come and see our infamous Poison Garden, fascinating plants and eat in one of the worlds largest wooden treehouses. Located in Alnwick, Northumberland.

Bailiffgate Museum

Bailiffgate Museum, where the people and places of North Northumberland are brought to life.

Barter Books

Barter Books - One of the largest second hand book shops in Europe located within the impressive Alnwick railway station and home of the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

A 15” gauge steam railway running from Heatherslaw, 6.4km to Etal Village - a return journey of 50 minutes.

Other Heritage Attractions

Other heritage attractions in the North East.

Tanfield Railway

With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, the Tanfield Railway is within easy reach of Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham. Steam trains run every Sunday and Bank Holiday on a picturesque six mile round trip from Sunniside in Gateshead to East Tanfield near Stanley.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.  George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives around the world.  Today the Museum celebrates their achievement.  A range of fascinating locomotives are on display including George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world- famous Rocket.  Interactive exhibitions explore how trains work and the impact on peoples’ lives of coal and electricity, crucial in the development of railway power.

Beamish Museum - the living museum of the north

Beamish is a world famous museum telling the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods.

The Bowes Railway

The world's only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway.

George Stephensons Birthplace

Owned by the National Trust, the quaint small stone cottage was built circa 1760 to accommodate mining families. The furnishings reflect the year the great rail pioneer, George Stephenson, was born here (1781), when his whole family lived in the one room.

Woodhorn Museum

For more than 80 years Woodhorn was a coal mine. Now it is a museum and exhibition centre, and home to Northumberland's archives.

Bellingham Heritage Centre

Visit The Heritage Centre at Bellingham - the museum for the ruggedly beautiful and historic North Tyne and Redewater area of Northumberland, England.

NRM Shildon

Locomotion - a satellite site of the National Railway Museum at York. Free entry to the birthplace of the modern railway.

Local Tourist Accomodation

Tourist accomodation for Alnwick and the local area.

Alndyke Farm

B&B accommodation. Located in the heart of Northumbria, Alndyke Farm is a 30 minute walk from Alnwick town centre and very close to Lionheart Station, the new base of operations of the Aln Valley Railway.

The Oaks Hotel

The Oaks Hotel in Alnwick, your perfect stop for a drink, meal or break. Situated in the historic town of Alnwick, around 40 minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne and an hour south of Edinburgh, in England's beautiful border county of Northumberland.

The White Swan Hotel

The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick. Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick and only a stone's throw from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, The White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation.

The Waiting Rooms

The 'The Waiting Rooms' - a unique and luxurious 'First Class' 4* self catering apartment for two in the single storey south wing of the old Warkworth railway station near Alnwick.

Hog's Head Inn

Named after the famous inn featured in the Harry Potter books and films, the 53-bedroom, purpose-built Hog’s Head Inn opened in summer 2012. Just minutes away from Alnwick Castle, which doubled up as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films, and the spectacular Alnwick Garden, The Hog’s Head offers value for money accommodation for you, your family and friends in one venue.


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