Day trip

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours
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Take a scenic, coastal route into the Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick's stunning castle and gardens.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle, known as the "Windsor of the North".
  • Sample the famous 'Lindisfarne Mead', brewed by the monks on Holy Island.
  • Experience the Grand Cascada at Alnwick Gardens and their poison gardens!
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Take the scenic coastal route south into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important center of religious learning in the British Isles.

Explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle - where scenes from ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ were filmed. Our first stop is Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway that leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle* (dating back to 1550).

Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory* where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘Mead’ brewed by Monks on the island, and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned. We continue south passing Bamburgh, ‘Ancient Capital of Northumbria,’ then on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle*. Enjoy time in the town center or visit the castle complex where there is something for everyone.

Home of the Percy Family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and is proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”.

Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden* with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in the TV series Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films. In the mid-afternoon, we begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed and back into Scotland at the historic border town of Coldstream.

If time permits during this journey there may be a stop at Flodden Field, one of the best-preserved battlefields in Northern Europe and scene of the infamous battle of 1513, which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.

  • Travel on a modern, comfortable coach
  • Live commentary from your expert driver-guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE. There is currently a shortage of taxis and private hire cabs in Edinburgh, which may make it harder to get to the departure point if you're thinking of using a taxi. It is strongly recommended that you allow for more time to reach the departure point in the morning and look into public transport options as a backup.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The tour routing and availability are subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. This occasionally results in the tour having to run in reverse
  • Unfortunately children under 4 years old are not permitted on this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 213 reviews

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Beautiful and satisfying trip also because it is characterized by good weather, which is never taken for granted. Wonderful places. The only drawback: it would have taken a longer stop in Lindsfarne. The tour would have required at least an extra hour given the distance of the places visited from Edinburgh.

July 16, 2022

A very relaxed tour with long stops. It consists of only 3 stops. Once 1 1/2 hours in Holy Island then 2 1/2 hours in Alnwick and 30 minutes on a country estate which was only partially open. Flooden Fields was not mentioned or approached. This was because our guide Ronnie didn't talk very much and only played the music on his radio in the driver's area. Also it was not a minibus but a big bus. A bus community was not created. Alnwick Castle is perfect for families. Be sure to check out the gardens. Reminds me of Trauttmannsdorf in Meran. Really nice!

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June 15, 2022

This was an easy day trip and even though our guide was on his debut tour with us, he kept us informed and entertained. I felt the alnwick castle was bit of marketing and hype though the castle and the gardens are both definitely worth a visit. The Holy island was a short stop, I would have loved to spend more time there, frankly.

June 14, 2022

Product ID: 12659