Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England, and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, through 700 years of drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance. Nicknamed 'The Windsor of the North', it has a turbulent past just waiting to be discovered. Alnwick Castle's unique history features kingmakers, rebels, a gunpowder-plotter and passionate collectors, as well as Harry Hotspur, the most famous of all Percys.
A castle has been recorded on this site for an incredible 1000 years. Situated in Northumberland near the volatile border between England and Scotland, Alnwick Castle was built in the classic Norman motte and bailey style, to defend the town against attacks from marauding Scots. When the 1st Lord Percy of Alnwick purchased the castle in the early 1300s, he upgraded all its defensive features, turning it into an impenetrable fortress. You can still see parts of this extensive renovation today, as the Abbot’s Tower, the Middle Gateway and the Constable’s Tower have all survived as reminders of the castle’s gruesome past.
Steeped in history, The Schooner Hotel is a listed 17th Century Coaching Inn and is set in the picturesque coastal village of Alnmouth in Northumberland, only 40 minutes drive from Newcastle and the Metro Centre. It nestles near to an unspoiled and beautiful sandy beach and is close to various golf courses, Alnwick town and it’s famous castle. The hotel is the ideal base for our guests wishing to experience all that the Northumberland Countryside has to offer. It is easily accessible from the A1 and only 1 mile from Alnmouth’s east coast railway station. From golfing, rambling, site seeing or just to simply get away from it all, The Schooner Hotel is the perfect retreat to escape from the hustle and bustle.
Our friendly staff welcome everyone with a smile and with 32 bedrooms, 2 cosy bars, a games room, conservatory and an Indian restaurant we ensure our guests stay at the hotel is relaxing, enjoyable and memorable.
The hotel has a rich history of hauntings and famous figures such as Charles Dickens, John Wesley, Basil Rathbone and King George III all said to have stayed.
Address: The Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth, Alnwick, NE66 2RS
Excellent quality food at very affordable prices all prepared by our chefs
There are no rules in The Wellwood regarding our menus. Simply... if we have it you can have it served any way you prefer it, a fried egg on your mince and dumplings....no problem!
The CARVERY will start on sunday 26/01/14 nightly from 5 to 7 and all day sunday 12 to 8.30
The INDIAN MENU, nights only from 5.30 to 10.30 from Mon 27/01/14
Address: The Wellwood, High Street, Amble, NE65 0LD
Here at Spurreli we would like to share our passion for icecream. Spurreli icecream is made on the premises using the best of ingredients, fresh Northumbrian pedigree milk and cream from Marley Cote Walls farm, and flavoured from the wide variety of beautiful produce available to us on our doorstep. Seasonal flavourings and ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible, from Virginia’s home grown berries to Alnwick Rum, these are combined with the finest Italian flavourings, to help us create delicious icecream and gelato.
Spurreli opened within The Old Chandlery in August 2010, next to the boatyard and in between the harbour and town-square. As well as Spurreli icecream, our Baristas will serve freshly ground Illy coffee, Ruby Rose patisserie, speciality teas, chilled soft drinks and winter soup.
Address: The Old Chandlery, Coquet Street, Amble, NE65 0DJ
mble Boat Company was established in 1995 and lies between Amble Marina and Warkworth Harbour. Located in "the friendliest port" on the picturesque Northumbrian coast, the yards history dates back to 1870, with a proud reputation for building the finest North East fishing cobles.
With the decline in traditional boat building the yard adopted new materials and developed the Background construction of all welded Aluminium alloy vessels up to 22.0m in length.
From the small yard in Amble, vessels have been built for Morocco, Malta, Bahrain, South Korea and Jordan. The largest vessel to date being, Hamzah 1. A 20.0m Oil Pollution control Vessel, now operating in Aqaba.
For many years the yard has also undertaken refit and survey work for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, evolving from the traditionally constructed boats to the present "State of the art" all weather lifeboats.
The company, owned and run by Nick and Katie Spurr, offers a comprehensive service to commercial and leisure owners, and the staff, led by Yard Manager Stephan Foster and yard supervisor David "Rupert" Barclay embrace all aspects of marine work with particular expertise in GRP repairs, osmosis treatment, spray painting, marine joinery, marine engineering, fabrication and rigging.
The yard operates a 50 tonne Marine Travel boat hoist, on site cranage, yard and undercover storage, extensive workshops and a well-stocked chandlery, complete with the "legendary" coffee pot.
Zecca is an exciting restaurant in the beautiful town of Amble, Northumberland.
Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, the restaurant is headed by former North East chef of the year Richard Sim.
The restaurant caters for up to 80 people and has a traditional wood fired pizza oven & open kitchen.
Zecca aims to provide quality, affordable food combined with Richard's high standards and love of local produce.
Designed to feel relaxed and contemporary, Zecca provides the perfect venue for a pizza after work with the kids, a night out with the girls or a romantic meal for two. We also cater for parties.
Marine Air Conditioning, Entertainment, Visitor Attractions
We are a Surfschool based in Amble Northumberland situated on the stunning northeast coast offering beach surf lessons to young and old.
New for this season SUP 1-2-1 lessons prices start at, £25 an hour
We can arrange lessons on several beaches along the Northumberland coast: North Druridge Bay, Warkworth Bay, Longhoughton Bay, Embleton Bay, Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and Bamburgh. .We even have exclusive access to our own private beach!
We operate 7 days a week, 12 months of the year and cater for all needs.
The Garden has a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year, with music, performances, storytelling, workshops, exhibitions, classes, tours and much more. Every visit is different with something new to experience, and much of the programme is free for visitors.
The programmes are inspiring and informal, with events and activities for young people, for older people, for families, and for those with special interests.