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Alnwick Castle Tours and Activities

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Alnwick Castle
Originally built as a Norman defense in the 11th century, imposing Alnwick Castle has been expanded piecemeal over the years, and encompasses medieval, Gothic, and neoclassical elements. The castle—about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Edinburgh—has caught the eye of location scouts, who picked it to serve as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey.

The Basics
Alnwick Castle still functions as the primary residence of the Duke of Northumberland, Ralph Percy, though the property welcomes visitors for several months every year. The castle is a common stop-off on day tours from Edinburgh, which typically make additional pit stops at key sights in the Scottish Borders, such as the market town of Kelso and the ruins of Melrose Abbey. Other organized day tours travel between Scotland and England, combining a visit to Alnwick Castle with sights south of the border in Northumberland, such as Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island and Flodden Field, where a major battle took place between the English and the Scots in the early 16th century. At Alnwick, you can choose between a castle ticket, a garden ticket, or a combination ticket that provides access to the castle and the gardens. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Alnwick Castle is ideal for history buffs, families, and Harry Potter fans who want to see the real-life setting for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Castle tickets are valid for an entire year from the date of visit. 
  • There is a café on the castle grounds. 
  • The castle estate is only partially accessible to wheelchair users. 

How to Get There
Alnwick Castle is located in the village of Alnwick in Northumberland, just off the A1 highway, which connects Edinburgh and Newcastle. The nearest rail station is Alnmouth, which is about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the castle. A taxi from the station takes around 10 minutes. The X18 bus also connects Alnmouth to the castle. 

When to Get There
The castle is open to the public from April through October. Summer is the best time to explore Alnwick garden. The estate is at its quietest in the morning. 

Events at Alnwick Castle
During its open months, the castle not only gives visitors access to the staterooms, dining room, library, and guard chamber, but it also hosts a series of free guided tours, demonstrations, and workshops. You can take part in broomstick flying training sessions, join Harry Potter–themed tours, learn medieval crafts, and watch longbow demonstrations.
Address: Alnwick, Northumberland, UK NE66 1NQ, Scotland
Hours: Daily Mar 29 -Oct 28: 10am - 5:30pm
Admission: Adult £16, Children 5-16 £8.50, Children Under 4: Free
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Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & The Kingdom of Northumbria from Edinburgh

Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & The Kingdom of Northumbria from Edinburgh

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Explore coastal routes around Edinburgh and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on this 9.5-hour Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Northumberland tour from Edinburgh. Head south across the Scottish border into English with a guide, and visit Holy Island and the peaceful village of Lindesfarne. Discover local attractions such as Lindesfarne Castle and the Priory, and explore the market town of Alnwick. Travel through Flodden Field — the battlefield where the English and Scots met in battle in 1513 — and gain insight into British history. Then, return in comfort to Edinburgh.
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Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover the rugged beauty and cultural splendor of the Scottish Borders on a day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, visit the market town of Kelso and the magnificent Alnwick Castle, a featured film setting in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter Series. Soak up the beauty of Northumberland as you make a final stop at the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Entrance fees are your own expense.
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  • 9 hours
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover Northumberland’s weird and wonderful history, from Vikings to wizards, on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Cross the border into North England and follow the causeway to Holy Island to learn about the island’s ancient Christian settlement and notorious Viking invasion. After visiting the hilltop Lindisfarne Castle, head back to the mainland and continue to Alnwick Castle, a magnificent palace with a completely different claim to fame – as a film location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh over the Scottish border to England and back on this 1-day borders and Alnwick Castle tour from Edinburgh. Visit the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried, with a guide. Take an optional tour of Alnwick Castle, made famous in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, and learn to fly like a wizard! Explore the grand salons and underground cellars, or take a stroll through the gardens.
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Alnwick Castle as Featured in Harry Potter and Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh

Alnwick Castle as Featured in Harry Potter and Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Combine the magic of Harry Potter with the history of the Scottish borders on this day trip from Edinburgh. Ideal for fans of the world’s favorite wizard, this tour takes you to the coastal town of Bamburgh, home to the impressive Bamburgh Castle, and Alnwick Castle, a filming location featured in both Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey. Tour the historic structure’s opulent rooms—entrance fees at your own expense—before you admire the pretty town of Coldstream, straddling the border of England and Scotland.
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1 Day Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast & Scottish Borders

1 Day Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast & Scottish Borders

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Explore the castles of the rugged ‘Viking Coast’ within Berwickshire and Northumberland as you cross the Border between Scotland and England. Step back in time at the spectacular Alnwick Castle – the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Enjoy the beautiful rolling hills of Sir Walter Scott’s Borders countryside and allow your Guide to immerse you in Scotland’s history with tales of Robert the Bruce, the ‘Outlaw King’. This tour is ideal for both fans of Harry Potter and history buffs alike, looking to explore a more of Scotland and into Northern England.
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Alnwick Castle and the Viking Coast Full-Day Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Alnwick Castle and the Viking Coast Full-Day Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

The Northumberland coast is a beautiful part of the country, a stones throw across the border from Edinburgh. The history of this region has strong links to Scottish cultural and religious history and is within easy reach of Edinburgh. Book this bespoke private tour and see more of the sights of this beautiful area complete with the guidance or your knowledgeable driver & guide. Our tours are conducted in our premium Mercedes Minivans with plenty of baggage space, air conditioning and complimentary water for each guest. ** Please note that this tour is seasonal as Alnwick Castle closes for winter **
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5-Day The Dales, Lake District & Hadrian's Wall Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

5-Day The Dales, Lake District & Hadrian's Wall Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the dramatic beauty and history of northern England on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh. With a small group and a private guide, enjoy coastal views on the way to York, England’s most medieval city. Wind through the North York Moors National Park and marvel at the pastoral perfection of the Yorkshire Dales. Then cozy up in the town of Keswick, and spend two days relaxing and visiting idyllic lakes and ancient landmarks like Hadrian’s Wall.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Alnwick Castle hours of operation?
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Alnwick Castle hours of operation: Daily Mar 29 -Oct 28: 10am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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