Northumberland Spotlight

With a plethora of things to do in Northumberland, you will be spoilt for choice.

Alnwick Castle

Over 950 years old, this castle dates back to the Norman period and is the the second largest inhabited castle in the UK, second only to Windsor Castle! The current family – The Percy’s – have lived at Alnwick Castle for over 700 years.

You will not be disappointed when visiting the castle as there is something for everyone. The Italian Renaissance styled State Rooms feature beautifully carved gilded ceilings, hang silk wall coverings, and an impressive collection of Old Master paintings. And if you are looking for a more in-depth noisy into rooms of the Percy Family, then guides are dotted around to answer your burning questions.

The castle also houses a couple of museums (Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, Castle Museum and Constable’s Tower) where you will find information and interactive displays to explore.

The castle is also famous for being used as a film set; one of the most significant being the first Harry Potter film where Alnwick Castle was used for the iconic broomstick lesson where Harry was first introduced to this phenomenon . Nowadays families (or playful adults) can master the art of Broomstick aviation by seasoned experts.

You will easily be able to spend a day here, but don’t worry if you haven’t finished exploring this vast castle and grounds, as your ticket automatically converts into an annual pass (for free!).

Alnwick Castle reopens on Friday 31st March 2023

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