Alnwick Castle

Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Kingdom of Northumbria

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What You'll Do
  • This Castles, Coasts and Fortresses Northumberland Tour takes you through Britain's medieval center of arts and religion.
  • Visit the ancient Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and sample some of the Monk's Mead
  • Visit Alnwick Castle, one of Britain's greastest castles and a main location for the Harry Potter films.
Take a scenic, coastal route into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick´s stunning castle .
What to Expect
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 centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and 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 which 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 centre 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 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.
What's Included
  • Friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide
What's Not Included
  • Meals and optional extras (i.e. visitor attraction entry fees - Lindisfarne Castle & Shuttle Bus, Alnwick Castle entry, Alnwick Garden enter) are not included
Meeting Point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

What to Remember
• The tour routing and availability is subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. This occasionally results in the tour having to run in reverse
*This tour operates from April - October
• Unfortunately we cannot carry children under 5yrs
• Tours require a minimum of 6 passengers to run. We will notify customers of cancellation by 18:00hrs the day prior to tour departure. If cancelled we will offer a full refund/alternative tour the same day or different day
• We will charge all Customers who cancel any tour an administration fee of 10%.
• We will give a full refund (less 10%) for 1-day tours cancelled more than 72hrs before departure, and for multi-day tours cancelled more than 7 days before departure.
• 1-day tours cancelled less than 72hrs before departure, and multi-day tours cancelled less than 7 days before departure, will receive no refund. No refunds are offered if the passenger is late for a tour or can't find the departure point

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