Its collection is specifically dedicated to local social history.The museum has recently had a major refit funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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The main East Coast railway link between Edinburgh (journey time approximately ) and London (journey time approximately ) runs via the nearby Alnmouth for Alnwick Station, with a weekday service of 15 trains per day north to Edinburgh and 13 trains per day south to London.

Despite its name, Alnmouth Station is located at the western end of the village of Hipsburn, near to the hamlet of Bilton. Alnwick was once connected to the main line by the Alnwick branch line, but this was closed in January 1968.

More widely, the Alnwick district boasts a wealth of sporting and leisure facilities, including football, cricket, rugby, rambling, rock climbing, water sports, cycling and horse riding.

Golfers can find thirteen golf courses within 30 minutes drive of the town.

-ik) is a market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it was the traditional county town. The town is on the south bank of the River Aln, 32 miles (51 km) south of Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Scottish border, 5 miles (8 km) inland from the North Sea at Alnmouth and 34 miles (55 km) north of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The town dates to about 600, and thrived as an agricultural centre.

In medieval times, Alnwick was a walled town, although due to fluctuating economic conditions during the Middle Ages, the walls were never completed.

Hotspur Tower, a medieval gate, is extant, dividing Bondgate Within from Bondgate Without, and restricting vehicles to a single lane used alternately in each direction.

Benjamin Disraeli describes Alnwick as "Montacute" in his novel Tancred.