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The White Swan is an ideal base from which to explore the fabulous Northumbrian countryside and its National Trust sites. Alnwick Castle and the world famous gardens created by the Duchess of Northumberland are within a couple of minutes walk of the hotel and, just a short drive away, the unspoilt beaches of the North East coast, the magnificence of Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and Lindisfarne.

Walkers will love the breathtaking beauty of the Northumberland National Park, and close by are several golf courses to challenge the enthusiast. With the bustling city centre of Newcastle and the ever popular Metro Centre only a 40 minute drive away, there’s plenty for everyone.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens
The home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle is famous both for being an often-used film location most notably for Harry Potter and for the first Blackadder series. Also for its contemporary gardens created by the present Duchess. The magnificent collection of art includes work by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck and a collection of unusual objects, meticulously collected by the 1st Duchess of Northumberland, includes gloves belonging to Elizabeth I. Surrounded by grounds landscaped by the famous Capability Brown, you can explore the state rooms, then wander round the gardens which include a stunning water cascade and one of the finest tree houses you will see anywhere.               
Alnwick Castle
         Alnwick Gardens

Bamburgh Castle
Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard over this beautiful coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.
Bamburgh Castle

Cragside House and Gardens
Cragside is an imposing Victorian property, surrounded by gardens and woodland, which houses one of the most fascinating collections in the world. This was the home of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside House was a wonder of its age, being the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets, and the gardens feature one of the largest rock gardens in Europe leading down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads across to the formal garden. Cragside offers a tremendous adventure for children, and the curious with a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest. 
Cragside House and Gardens

Holy Island and Lindisfarne
One of the most famous visitor attractions in North East England, Lindisfarne Priory sits on Holy Island and is cared for by English Heritage. Sitting offshore and reached by causeway only at low tide, the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views in the priory make a visit here an essential part of any visit to the North East Coast.Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, this site was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert. In 635AD St. Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery on Lindisfarne. The Christian message flourished here and spread throughout the world. Today you can see ornate carvings on the extensive ruins of the monastic buildings and enjoy the serenity that first drew the monks here. Holy Island is not only a centre of pilgrimage. Its tranquility, spirituality and scenic beauty attracts a number of visitors to its shores every year. It is also a haven for wildlife with many migrant birds and seals to be seen in the waters.
Holy Island and Lindisfarne

Barter Books
Barter books are a 5 minute walk from White Swan Cottage and is one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britian and Home of the original
'Keep Calm and Carry On' Poster. Back in April 1991, Mary Manley decided to open a secondhand bookshop - one that would be based on the swap system and called Barter Books. Her husband, Stuart, immediately took to the idea and suggested that Mary open the shop in the front room of what was then his small manufacturing plant, located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station. From that time a joint partnership was formed that would eventually result in what the New Statesman magazine would call 'The British Library of secondhand bookshops'.
Barter Books

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery
Is a people’s museum, where fascinating stories of the past are told about the town and district of Alnwick. Our historic building in the town’s Castle Quarter, which was previously a church, provides a calm and beautiful setting in which to celebrate our distinctive heritage, display special exhibitions and present a range of events for the whole family.
Bailiff Gate Museum

Alnwick Playhouse
Firmly established as one of the leading small venues in the North of England. It is a wonderful and vibrant arts centre, and a remarkably strong and valuable part of the community.

Alnwick Playhouse

Aln Valley Railway
The Aln Valley Railway project is an ambitious plan to reopen the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick, the old county town of Northumberland and the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland. Although the impressive railway station still exists in Alnwick, a road bypass and other commercial developments no longer make it viable to recreate in full the original run of around 3 miles between the two stations. As a result a brand new railway station and visitor center has been constructed by volunteers on the outskirts of Alnwick from where the railway will follow the original trackbed all the way to Alnmouth Station. A cycleway / footpath will run alongside providing a safe traffic-free corridor between Alnwick and the National Cycle Network and the coast.
Aln Valley Railway

Walkers will love the breathtaking beauty of the Northumberland National Park, and close by are several golf courses to challenge the enthusiast. With the bustling city centre of Newcastle and the ever popular Metro Centre only a 40 minute drive away, there’s plenty for everyone.
Shepherd’s Walks                     Nothumberland Walks  

Hadrian's Wall
Visit the iconic landmark of Roman Britain.
Hadrian’s Wall is a magnificent achievement created by the Roman Empire as a fixed frontier from coast to coast, occupied by soldiers and civilians. Started in AD 122 the 73 mile long barrier took six years to complete across the land from the Solway Firth to Wallsend on the River Tyne. It route twists and turns along dramatic crags and escarpments. There were more than 80 milecastles or forts, two observation towers and 17 larger forts. To the south, a ditch six metres wide was dug.
Hadrian's Wall

Cycling Route
Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed - NE66 1NQ
Starting at Alnwick Castle this 62 mile ride follows NCR1 along the coast to Bamburgh and on to Holy Island with its ancient monastery and castle, before going off road to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Other local attractions
Hardy Fishing
Kielder Forest and water Park
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
 
Alnmouth Golf Club
Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course

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