I've wanted to visit Alnwick for a while - mainly for the gardens. I enjoyed Harry Potter but am not obsessed about visiting places because they're where films and/or TV series were shot. Many people are, and it's good news for the owners of the statelies concerned. I tagged onto a talk in the courtyard about various film shoots, but left to visit the very splendid interior and its magnificent art collection. As usual with privately owned places, the guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful. I hadn't realised it was a high Victorian interior - such a contrast with the towering medieval battlements. The gardens were truly impressive, although the poison garden was smaller than I'd imagined - interesting and well done, though. The shops and eateries were not excessively expensive, and the pocket money priced broomsticks were flying off the shelves quite literally! The overall entry fee (even booked on line in advance and with a concession) was quite steep, but I spent all day there and felt it represented good value for money.