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"Alnwick is a historic market town dating to 600 CE,…"
Alnwick is a historic market town dating to 600 CE, so we meandered through the town market on our way to the Castle. The earliest documented mention of Alnwick Castle was in 1096. Home of the Percy family (the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland) since 1309, the Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England. Parts of the Harry Potter movie were filmed there (think the scenes involving flight lessons). It's a hefty eleven pounds per person entrance fee (under fives, of course, are free). After walking through the entrance gate, you're greeted by an impressive statue of Harry Hotspur. There's a section for kids that Rory would really enjoy in about five year's time. They definitely capitalize on the fact that Harry Potter was filmed there, offering "flight lessons"; and tours around the grounds that point out Hagrid's Cottage and other movie factoids. The grounds are pretty extensive. Rory had a blast running around in the grass and collecting rocks. The archeology museum was very, very interesting. Hugh, 3rd Duke of Alnwick, amassed a huge collection of primitive Native American and British tools. He and his father, the 2nd Duke, were honorary members of the Mohawk Tribe and even entertained them at Alnwick Castle after befriending them during the American Revolution. The State Rooms were ridiculously extravagant. As the Duke and Duchess are often in residence, only certain rooms were open. We picnicked on the Castle grounds before wrapping up our tour and Rory chased the bunnies and guinea fowl, much to his excitement.Read moreLess
"Had to queue for ages to get in but had…"
Had to queue for ages to get in but had a fantastic day when we eventually got in.Read moreLess
"We were mostly excited about the tree house and the…"
We were mostly excited about the tree house and the Harry Potter connection and we weren't disappointed. The tree house is more of a tree walkway so don't expect to spend hours there, but the cafe is there perched in a tree so that's quite exciting and the food is pretty good as far as I remember. The gardens are amazing, even on a chilly June day and we had a great "talk" on poisonous plants which entertained even the most reluctant of child visitors, plus there were toy tractors and water to splash in - if it gets warm enough. We went during half term and the castle had dressing up and knight training for children as well as the chance to spot bits from the HP films. Not cheap as others have mentioned but you could easily spend an entire day there and there's something for everyone. It's a fairly spread out site, so take a buggy if little ones are prone to tire. It was also v busy during half term (but this was soon after the tree house opened) but there was overspill parking and it never felt too crowded as there's lots of open space. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.Read moreLess
"We used our tesco vouchers as it would have been…"
We used our tesco vouchers as it would have been a bit too pricey otherwise. The children enjoyed the knights challenge bit and there was a falconry display. The castle itself was having some work done so we only got to see a couple of rooms.
We enjoyed chatting to "Dumbledore".Read moreLess
"We spent a fabulous day at Alnwick. We decided to…"
We spent a fabulous day at Alnwick. We decided to call off on our way to Edinburgh (it's really easy to find from the A1) because my kids were massive Harry Potter fans at the time but there is so much more to do than just the castle. The gardens are amazing with fabulous fountains, a maze and lots of areas for the kids to run around. There's also a fabulous tree house with cafe which serves up lovely food.Read moreLess
"Fantastic place for day out for kids of all ages.…"
Fantastic place for day out for kids of all ages. Used in Harry Potter films! Lots of big green spaces for kids to run about and more historic info for older kids. Amazing courtyard with lots of medieval games and costumes. Very well equipped and thought out to keep everyone entertained. Spooky dragons quest for those brave enough! Lovely courtyard cafe and good baby change facilities etc. Buggy friendly in most parts (excpet state rooms, but buggies can be left safely outside & wee one's carried round). Friendly staff. Little bit pricey atRead moreLess
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"We had a really great day out. The gardens are…"
We had a really great day out. The gardens are brilliant for adults & children alike. When we first entered the garden we were greeted with a beautiful view of the casscading waterfall. There were toy tractor rides which kept Ds happy also waterfalls that children can play in (so remember to take a change of clothes & a towel)The food was reasonably priced although there wasn't a great variety of food to choose from, but there is a picnic area should you choose to take one. Alnwick castle is just a few minutes walk away & tickets can be purchased for both the gardens & castle at the admission area. The town centre is also within walking distance I think you could easily spend a couple of days here to invetigate all that Alnwick has to offer.Read moreLess