The historic market town of Alnwick, Northumberland was voted the best place to live in the UK (2016 Country Life Best Place to Live in Britain) for its striking stone buildings and cobbled streets. The beautiful town is located between the Northumbrian Coast and the Cheviot Hills; it enjoys spectacular views while being just 30 miles north of Newcastle.
You are likely to find grand period stone properties in Alnwick, particularly from the Georgian and Victorian eras. There are also new build properties on the outskirts of Alnwick.
On average, you will look to pay around £237k for a property in Alnwick, with a typical three bed family home selling at approximately £261k. If you are looking for a flat, you can expect to pay on average £190k for two bedrooms.
Alnwick has a population of 16,833. The most common age group is 66+, whilst being very suitable for young families due to the amenities and size of properties available.
Alnwick has four primary schools, with Swansfield Park Primary School being awarded an outstanding rating from Ofstead. The Duchess Community High School has recently been rebuilt and relocated within the town to host a range of modern and sports facilities.
Shopping and Leisure
Alnwick is a historic market town, and to this day it lives up to that expectation with a variety of independent shops and delis. Alnwick’s marketplace plays house to weekly markets as well as annual food and music events.
As well as independent shops, Alnwick also has a good selection of national brands too such as supermarkets and fashion retailers.
Pubs and Restaurants
Perhaps the most famous restaurant in Alnwick is the Alnwick Treehouse, housed within the world’s largest treehouse, which forms part of the Alnwick Gardens attraction.
In the 2020 guide to British food, Alnwick was voted 6th in the county for its selection of restaurants and local producers. Enjoy award winning fish and chips from Carlos on the cobbles, authentic Italian dishes from Café Tirreno or even a slice of cake and a locally blended cup of tea from Bari Tea.
History plays a huge part in the attractions that Alnwick has to offer; namely, Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. The iconic castle is home to Harry Potter-inspired events, dragon quests and jousting.
Alongside the Alnwick Castle, is the Alnwick Garden, the brainchild of The Duchess of Northumberland. First and foremost, the Alnwick Garden is a charity, investing in helping people around Northumberland from a variety of backgrounds. The Alnwick Garden is a space for everyone to enjoy with themes of play and quirkiness, as well as peace and tranquillity.
The town has a fantastic sense of community with an annual calendar of events including music festivals, food festivals and regular farmers markets as well as events held at The Playhouse Theatre.
Alnwick has a host of new home development sites, from local and award-winning builders such as Cussins Homes as well national firms such as Taylor Wimpey.
Alnwick is ideally placed for those looking to commute with it being a 40 to Newcastle City Centre via car, with the nearest train station being five miles away in Alnmouth. Alnmouth train station has national travel links all around the country, including Edinburgh, York and London.