The Rose and Thistle, Alwinton, Northumberland, NE65 7BQ   -

Alwinton is a quaint hamlet, nicely situated for those wishing to explore the Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, and beyond.

Our nearest town is the attractive old market town of Rothbury, with its picturesque, tree lined main street and its array of traditional pubs, restaurants and shops. Rothbury is the perfect place to start exploring the county.

Located on the outskirts of Rothbury is Cragside House and gardens. Now a National Trust property, Cragside was the first house in the world to feature electric light. Now open to the public, Cragside makes a great day trip. Another National Trust property nearby is Wallington Hall. Wallington dates from 1688 and boasts an impressive art collection and is set in 100 acres of rolling park land and formal gardens.

The historic town of Alnwick (20 miles away), notable for its castle where scenes from the Harry Potter film were shot, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Nearby you will also find the stunning Alnwick Gardens, over a decade it has been transformed into a major tourist attraction, which includes the celebrated Poison Garden!

A five-minute drive out of Alnwick will find you on the beautiful Northumbrian coastline dotted with small fishing communities, including Craster (home of the famous Craster kipper), and stretching up to the Holy Island.

Venturing a little further afield, why not visit the bustling city of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Newcastle is one of the best places in the country for shopping with the original Fenwick department store, renowned locally for its Christmas window displays, and the Metrocentre, still the largest shopping and leisure centre in Europe. Newcastle is famed for its party style night-life with great restaurants, bars and clubs. For the culture lover, The Baltic and The Sage centres provide a world-class programme of art, music and theatre.

Whatever you choose to do in our region, the Rose & Thistle Inn is an ideal place to explore from.

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