Upper Oakwood in Alnwick, Northumberland

What to Expect

This historic market town with its majestic castle looming over it is a popular destination for the discerning guest looking for a holiday steeped in history and jam-packed with outdoor activity options.

On the second floor of a converted Georgian townhouse, the accommodation is all on one level and one of the two double bedrooms comes with a shower en suite.

A lot of the original features are still intact such as the window shutters and stripped wooden flooring. In the heart of Alnwick, pubs, restaurants and speciality shops are right on the doorstep.

At A Glance

Period property
Town centre location
2 dining areas
Second-floor apartment
Walk-in shower en suite
1 pet welcome


Free parking
Washing machine
Storage space
Gas hob

About Upper Oakwood

This well-presented second-floor apartment is part of a former Georgian townhouse and sleeps four in its two double bedrooms, one with an en suite walk-in shower. With the accommodation all on one level, there is also a bathroom with a spacious tub.

You have two dining options, one in the well-equipped kitchen with its Belfast sink and gas hob or at the dining table in the open plan living space. The windows all have original shutters, and the burnished wooden flooring has been sympathetically restored.

The shops and pubs are almost outside the door and there is on-road parking, which is £1 for two hours, or a little further down the road, the car park is free.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Alnwick

You might want to start off your holiday by spending time finding out what Alnwick offers. A butcher sells speciality pork pies, ideal for picnics, a world-renowned second-hand bookstore in the town’s Victorian railway station, and a gift shop with vegan supplies. There are more than a good few pubs in town where you can get to know the locals. There’s the dog-friendly Ale Gate on Bondgate, where your pooch could become the pub dog of the day. For real ale lovers, there is the John Bull in Howick Street and the historic Dirty Bottles in Narrowgate, and the Shepherd’s Rest on Alnwick Moor has a beer garden with stunning views.

You will find it hard to resist a day out at Alnwick Castle. Its award-winning gardens with ornamental flowers and a cherry orchard also has the Treehouse Restaurant, thought to be the largest of its kind in the world. It has a brunch menu up to 1 pm and dishes include Chicken and Waffle and Berry Nice Pancakes. Its Classic Full English is an excellent start to any day, especially when you have outstanding views of the castle and its grounds. Still home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, you can take a guided tour of its palatial State Rooms decorated in the Italian Renaissance style. There is an outstanding collection of Old Masters of the Venetian school paintings that include works by Titian and the silk-walled rooms are filled with treasures. The courtyards and baileys of this majestic castle were used in the Harry Potter movies and you can even book a broomstick flying lesson.

Last Word

With the Northumberland National Park on the doorstep and the coast just a few miles away, this is a holiday that packs all the punches. From historic castles overlooking the sea to award-winning beaches where you can have a midnight feast on the dunes and watch the aurora borealis in all its colourful glory. There is the Kelder Observatory, too, if you are up for stargazing with a telescope with qualified astronomers on hand.

Nearby, Thrunton Woods has miles of cycling and waymarked walking trails. One is a leisurely stroll of two miles and the other is a more challenging five-miler that does involve climbing up to Thrunton Crag, where you will be rewarded for your efforts with sweeping views towards the Cheviots. Just beyond the town’s limits, you are in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty that includes riverside paths, lakes and two waterfalls. There is even a National Trust café where you can refuel.

Upper Oakwood affords you the best of both worlds where you are in a historic market town location surrounded by outstanding countryside and a coastline nearby ranked as one of the best in the country.

There are plenty more dog friendly places to stay in Alnwick if you haven’t found your ideal property yet.
Upper Oakwood
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