Alnwick in Northumberland has been voted the best market town in the UK.
The ancient market town has won readers’ votes for BBC’s Countryfile magazines first ever awards, designed to celebrate what is best in the British countryside.
This is quite an award for Alnwick because earlier this year Google Street View awarded Bondgate Within with the title of Britain’s Best Shopping Street. In 2002 the town was recognised for being picturesque by Country Life magazine in 2002.
A shortlist of 15 towns was put forward by Lonely Planet Magazine. The winners were revealed in the September issue of Countryfile magazine.
Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “It is wonderful news, there’s not going to be room in the council’s trophy cabinet for all these awards. It shows that Alnwick really is on the up. It is a superb place to come and live, shop, work and visit.”
In addition to Alnwick’s award, Northumberland National Park came third in the favourite national park.Hadrian’s Wall was voted the greatest walking trail in Britain. Britain’s greatest walking trail in the awards while Belsay came second in the finest garden category.
These accolades are bound to promote tourism in Northumberland and draw visitors to the county. People who holiday in Northumberland often look for market town destinations as part of their trip.