Alnwick has been named as one of 18 up-and-coming holiday hotspots in the UK, according to figures from a leading tourism website.
The list has been compiled by holidaylettings.co.uk – a TripAdvisor.com company – and is based on research and year-on-year data comparisons.
The percentage increase of people who searched the website looking for holiday properties in Alnwick rose by 82.12 per cent from 2014 to 2015, from January to June.
In a feature on holidaylettings.co.uk about the results, Alnwick is described as ‘arguably the most picturesque market town in the North East, let alone in Northumberland’.
It adds that the castle ‘would have rivalled any other in Christendom’ and the town ‘is full of character with winding cobbled streets, quirky independent shops, fascinating museums and authentic local pubs serving real ales’.
Hexham is the only other destination in Northumberland to make the list.
The other locations are Bodmin, Cornwall; Helston, Cornwall; Totnes, Devon; Crieff, Perth and Kinross; Pembroke, Pembrokeshire; Nairn, Scottish Highlands; Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire; Wadebridge, Cornwall; Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross; Clitheroe, Lancashire; Marazion, Cornwall; Ballater, Aberdeenshire; Crantock, Cornwall; Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute; Morecambe, Lancashire; Brecon, Powys.
Recently, Amble was named as one of the UK’s top-10 coolest seaside towns, according to a weekly supplement in The Times.