Explore from the Hog's Head Inn

Make the most of your visit to The Hog's Head Inn with our guide to the very best things to do and see while you're staying with us.

The Alnwick Garden

Throughout the year

The Hog’s Head Inn is the perfect base to explore Northumberland and enjoy one of the world's best contemporary gardens – The Alnwick Garden.

A stunning garden brought back to life by the Duchess of Northumberland a decade ago, has magnificent water features, a poison garden and Treehouse, plus a range of special events.

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Throughout the year

A trip to Alnwick Castle is a must. 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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Hulne Park

Hulne Park, Alnwick

Throughout the year

Hulne Park is the only one remaining of the three parks that once surrounded Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, providing wood and meat for the table of the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland.

Still owned by the Duke of Northumberland, this beautiful park with its stunning views is reputedly a favourite of members of the Royal Family and is open to the public.

It is the site of Hulne Priory, Alnwick Abbey, and Brizlee Tower. Find out more here.


Historic Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

Throughout the year

A visit to Cragside, home of the brilliant Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong, is a must if you're staying at The Hog's Head Inn.

The first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity, Cragside is crammed full of ingenious gadgets — many of them still working.

Take in Cragside's amazing gardens, including one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. Children will love the adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.

For opening times click here.

Barter books, Keep Calm poster

Barter Books, Alnwick

Throughout the year

Barter Books in Alnwick — housed in the town’s magnificent old Victorian railway station — is Europe’s largest second-hand book store and home to the famous ‘Keep Calm’ poster. Book worms of all ages can wile away hours rifling through its shelves while a train circles the model railway overhead.

Find out more here.


The colourful seaside village of Alnmouth

Throughout the year

Just a short drive away with its wide golden beach – perfect for sandcastle building, or just enjoying feeling the sand beneath your toes.

Gaily painted houses strung along the north bank of the River Aln estuary welcome you to picturesque Alnmouth. Once an important grain port, a ferocious storm on Christmas Eve in 1806 altered the course of the river, stranding the harbour and changing village life forever. Find out more here.

Chilliingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

14th March - Autumn 2016

This ancient and remarkable fortress is the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield Bt., his wife Thee Hon. Lady Wakefield and their family. Since 1246 the Castle has been owned by one continuous blood line with the Earls Grey ruling the Castle for the founding centuries. Those Grey Lords built the Castle’s alarming dungeons and torture chambers, as well as the beautiful parklands and gardens.

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