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Alnwick Castle, Alnwick

Built after the Norman conquest, Alnwick Castle is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland. The current duke and his family reside there but occupy only a small portion of the castle. The rest is open to the public throughout the good weather months. A guided tour will illuminate the history inside the castle's walls, where the rooms are decorated in grand Italian style. There's no shortage of rooms to tour, as Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England. The interior of the castle isn't the only attraction--the gardens are also a big draw. These formal, landscaped grounds surround a cascading fountain and, along with the castle, attract over 800,000 visitors a year. Plan to visit Alnwick Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Alnwick attractions using our Alnwick travel itinerary planner.
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  • A beautiful castle still inhabited in part by the current duke and his family. Alnwick castle has been used in many films...from Ivanhoe in 1954.....for 2 Harry Potter films through to TV including Bl...  more »
  • a visit to this place takes you to middle ages England. Fascinating! I enjoyed my visit here! bring your Family for an interesting middle ages and history experience  more »
  • If you're in the neighborhood, I'll be sure after this place draw near. First of all, the architecture of the Castle great. In addition, inside of the Castle showing very different styled than outside (which is beautiful). There are plenty of activities to do which you can easily entertained. We had the lost cellar. Well acted and pretty creepy, but in our group were a number of young people who found something creepy.
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  • Really enjoyed it here, cobbles not so good for wheelchairs but that can't be helped. In the state rooms we were offered the use of the lift to get upstairs which we appreciated otherwise my husband wouldn't have been able to see them. Truly lovely rooms
  • Great castle. Easily has the most things to do of any castle I've been to. Good for families especially Harry potter kids and kids that like to pretend to be knights and princesses
  • Great for kids and adults. Bring warm clothes, even if you think you don't need them. Lots of shade and chilly wind!
  • Loads to do - birds of prey show was great and the castle was very interesting, it's a shame you are not allowed to take pics inside though. The history inside is amazing. Even my 8 year old was kept interested and the very informative staff were not overpowering like they can be in places such as these,
  • Magical place to go with the kids. Unique castle and with all the Harry Potter connections lots to look out for. Nice activities for children too but a little commercialised.

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