Alnwick Heritage Open Day September 11th 2021

As part of national Heritage Days a number of locations in Alnwick will be open on September 11th. Begin in the Market Place where Alnwick Civic Society members will help you to plan your day.


  • Aln Valley Railway: guided tours which will include visits to the engine shed, workshops and signal box, all of which are normally closed to the public. Full details <here>.
  • Alnwick Cemetery: a guided tour with the history of the cemetery, and stories of some of Alnwick’s most eminent and notorious residents. We hope to include access to memorials inside one of the two chapels. Full details <here>. Book <here>.
  • Alnwick Playhouse: staff & volunteers will lead backstage tours. See behind the scenes of the newly renovated small scale theatre in a prominent historic building. Full details <here>. Book through Playhouse Web site –
  • Bailiffgate Museum: Experience 10,000 years of history and a fantastic Viking exhibition. Full details <here>
  • Heritage guided tour: join members of the Civic Society on a walk that explores a thousand years of Alnwick’s Built Heritage. Full details <here>. Book <here>
  • Town Hall: built for the Alnwick Freemen in 1736, with clock tower added in 1767. Information panels record the different companies: Cordwainers, Tanners, Black Smiths, White Smiths, Merchants, Skinners & Glovers, Butchers and Carpenters & Joiners. Full details <here>.
  • Youth Hostel: Once Alnwick’s 19th Century House of Correction where Alnwick’s wrongdoers were imprisoned. Enjoy Folk Music sessions in the former Exercise Yard, with original wall, windows and bars (still in use for hostel guests – who may come and go as they please). Full details <here>.
  • Alnwick Masonic Centre including the Masonic Meeting Room, unique historical artefacts and giant oak sideboard depicting the Battle of Chevy Chase. Details <here>.
  • Alnwick Baptist Church was built in the 1830s as a Presbyterian Chapel and has been a vital home of worship for over 180 years. Full details <here>.
  • Alnwick Methodist Church spans over 200 years of Methodist Heritage. The church still displays the John Wesley 18th Century pulpit. Full details <here>.
  • St. James’s Centre: the home of Alnwick’s United Reformed Church was built in 1894 by well known church architects Hicks and Charlewood in the revived Free Perpendicular style of the time. Full details <here>.
  • St. Paul’s Church was designed in the Decorated Gothic style by the renowned architect Anthony Salvin. Opened as an Anglican church in 1846, it has served as Alnwick’s Roman Catholic church since 1982. The East Window is one of only three of its kind in Europe. Full details <here>.
  • Parish Church of St. Michael has a story that spans the history of Alnwick and the Dukes of Northumberland. See the medieval bells, which are giving way to a new ring of ten bells Full details <here>.