For the last 700 years Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family and is one of the UK's largest inhabited castles - yes, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland still reside here! The entrance fee is a little hefty at £14.50 per adult or £38 for a family ticket. Luckily I got a deal on Living Social last year and validated the ticket for 'free' entry for 12 months. Definitely worth doing if you know you'll be in the area again or are a local lass like myself!
There is lots to do at Alnwick especially in the summer months, including visiting the State Rooms, the Harry Hotspur Exhibition and Knight's Quest - where young and old alike can dress up and have some fun playing with Medieval toys! On Monday I took part in one of the various tours that are available - The "Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour."
"Best known for its starring role as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films, Alnwick Castle has made many appearances in film and television over the years.
Our tour guide Chloe was friendly and knowledgeable and clearly a huge Harry Potter fan herself. She also had the most gorgeous shade of red lipstick but I didn't muster the courage to ask her what brand it was! She took us around the castle and showed us where a lot of the scenes had been filmed. She pointed out where the Whomping Willow had been stationed, and Hagrid's Hut, as well as the vast expanse of lawn where Harry & Co. had their first flying lesson. She also told us about the tricks they used in making the film! There was the opportunity to take part in broomstick flying lessons, which looked like great fun. I've heard that in the summer holidays there are often people dressed as characters from the films and it isn't unusual to see Harry and Hagrid pottering around (see what I did there...?!)
I'd definitely recommend a day out to Alnwick Castle when the sun is shining; there is lots to do and see and the grounds are beautiful. It's great for lovers of history and for those who just want to see the spot where Hermione overheard Ron calling her a "nightmare"! Don't forget a trip to the Alnwick Treehouse with walkways in the sky and fun rope bridges to cross as well as a cafe and restaurant!
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Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you visited Alnwick? Thanks for stopping by.