Alnwick is a Market Town in
northeast England in Northumberland, 36
miles south of Berwick Upon Tweed, 35
miles north of Newcastle.
Alnwick is popular for its Markets,
Castle and Gardens, Bailiffgate Museum, Hardy
Fishing Shop & Museum.
Area Attractions Click on
The image top is of Bondgate Tower, or
Percy Tower, with the road through the middle
of the Tower leading to the Bondgate and
Market Square, centre of Alnwick. The Tower
was built as part of Alnwick Castle and Town
Walls around 1450 for the Percy family of
There is a large Car Park down to the
right just before the Tower, ideal for
exploring the Town and for the south entrance
to Alnwick Castle and Gardens.
The Market Square is the Centre of
Alnwick, with the Market so large, it has to
be set up on some adjoining Streets. Markets
are normally held on Thursday and
The Town Hall at the Market Square was
built in 1731 to replace an earlier Tolbooth,
with the Tolbooth used as a Court and Prison.
The Market Cross in the Square is hard to
The Town of Alnwick was founded in the
600s, Alnwick Castle was built from 1096, and
King Edward I allowed Markets to be held at
Alnwick in the 1297, so the oldest parts of
the Market Cross could date from the late
The Harry Hotspur Statue is on Pottergate,
a short walk north of the Market Square.
Hotspur was the most famous of the Percy
Family, leading English Armies into Battle in
Scotland and Europe in the late 1300s. The
Pottergate Tower is close to the Hotspur
The Bailiffgate Museum
is on Bailiffgate, a short walk north of the
Hotspur Statue, at the west entrance to
Alnwick Castle. This Museum gives information
on Alnwick through the centuries, from the
first settlers 7,500 BC, founding of Alnwick
600s, the Normans 1000s, Alnwick Castle 1000s
late, battles with the Scots 1000s &
1100s, Alnwick Abbey 1140s, the Black Death
1348, Alnwick Town Walls built 1433,
Factories, Mills & Breweries 1800s, and
Coal Mines 1900s.
Alnwick Castle is on the east side
of the Town, with two main entrances, one
from the West from Bailiffgate, and another
from the south where the Gardens are
The Castle was built from the late 1000s,
with the Gardens from 1750 redesigned between
1997 and 2006. The Percy Family gained
control of the Castle in the 1250s, extending
it into one of the largest in England. The
Castle is best known for where two Harry
Potter Films were shot.
The Tenantry Column is at the east end of
Bondgate, in a small park, erected in 1816
with a Percy Lion on top. The Column was
built in honour of the 2nd Duke of
Northumberland, Hugh Percy,
who had reduced the Rents of his Tenants
during hard times.
The Hardy Angling Museum and vast
Fishing Shop is on South Road, 1 mile south
of Alnwick centre. Map. William
Hardy set up a Gun and Fishing Tackle shop in
Alnwick in 1872, becoming one of the top
names in Fishing. One vintage Hardy Real sold
at Auction for £55,000.