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Review of Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
Ranked #5 of 43 things to do in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years, it has witnessed drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance. From stunning art collections and sumptuous State Rooms to medieval crafts and Potter-inspired magic, a visit to Alnwick Castle fires the imagination.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Cornwallgurl
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a 1000 year history in 45 tour of the castle... really enjoyed the walk outside the castle.... very informative guide....well worth a visit

Thank Alan278
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Externally very impressive and internally the state rooms even more so. Art collection especially.
Other displays within the castle are very good. The Northumberland Fusiliers museum particularly interesting.

Thank taffyjuk
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked on line and saved money £3 per ticket. £25 seems a lot for an adult ticket BUT we were spellbound for 6 hours so i think its a steal to be entertained for about £4 an hour. You will see a fantastically preserved castle complete with museums and free guides, You will see the private quarters of the family (much like a private house) AND you will experience the fabulous gardens of the site. The poison garden, the ornamental garden and the bamboo maize were all out standing. Thank you Savanah, a great guide.

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you visit Alnwick Castle be sure to take advantage of the guided tour of the state rooms. There are no labels, or information leaflets, about the beautiful objects displayed because this Castle is still a family home. In amongst the art treasures are family photos, a huge TV and various other items.
The art treasures are glorious, and the history behind them is very interesting.
There are lots of things to see outside too - the setting for some of the Harry Potter movies for example.
We arrived at 10.30 in the morning and did not leave until 4.30 in the afternoon.
The food was good as well. We had lunch in the Potting Shed Cafe in the Tree House, and it was excellent value and the surroundings fascinating.

Thank Muriel W
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