Do you love Castles? Do you love exploring? If your answer was yes to both of these questions then you have come to the right blog! (Side note, I won’t quit my day job to become a TV salesman). Regardless, this blog is all about castles, but in particular, castles in Northumberland found along the northern coast.
Firstly let’s talk about Harry Potter. In a previous post, Niklas and I posted about the Harry Potter Bridge (Glenfinnan Viaduct as non-Harry Potter fans call it). So taking from our excitement we had at this bridge we wanted to continue on to find other filming locations. Oh, if you like visiting places where famous people have been check out our post on Dubrovnik and Split where we did a walking tour guide of Game of Thrones.
One of the castles in Northumberland was exactly the location we were looking for. Alnwick Castle to be exact. Have a look at these pictures and try to guess what happened here.
Alnwick is surrounded by lovely green fields and is even accompanied by a castle garden. We, unfortunately, came too late to make it into both locations, but we saw the castle, and that alone is cool. When you enter the castle you are greeted with many options of where to explore first. There is a museum you can go check out or different tours that take place during the day. One of the tours even takes you on a dragon quest. These daily activities are all free with admission. Adding to the hype of Harry Potter, there is an activity called “Broomstick training,” (which is what took place in the picture above)! And much much more. Check out their website for times so not to be disappointed if you miss it.
When you buy your ticket you are handed a brochure with a map and a lot of information about the castle. Be sure to use this. Now, if you are going to the castle with your children, do not fear, there is a wonderful Cafe ready for the parents to have a drink at and relax while your children roam the courtyards. There is even a restaurant if your company and yourself fancy a bite to eat.
Before you leave Alnwick castle, make sure to stop in the shop. Here you can buy Harry Potter merchandise as well as locally brewed gin, which is very tasty if I do say so myself. After walking around the castle, when it was closing time, Niklas and I took a walk on the grounds around the castle and waited for sunset. This was so lovely and I even had a sit-down and attempted to sketch the castle from afar as the sun started to kiss the building adding pink highlights to the historically rich walls.
When exploring castles in Northumberland, a must-see is Bamburgh Castle. Situated next to the shoreline, it is great for sunset photography. Sadly it is a non-droning area, but it was too windy to drone anyway. Niklas has now taken his drone to England 3 times and each time been disappointed by the wind hindering his flying abilities.
Regardless, you can enter the castle and have a walk around for a fee. Niklas and I decided to head straight to the shore and explore the beach while waiting for the sun to set and turn the sky into a beautiful firey masterpiece. The sun did not disappoint and it was a lovely late afternoon running away from waves as they came in and out over the sand.
The last castle we visited was Lindisfarne Castle. It is one of the most dangerous castles in Northumberland. Well, not the castle itself, but the chance of being stranded due to the tide which hides the road at certain times of the day. Obviously, if you plan your times you will be 100% fine and out of the tides way. According to google, this is a 16th-century castle with a walled garden, also only viewable from the inside after paying a fee. This castle is pretty cool, situated high up on a mound. You can walk all the way around it too.
A short walk from here and you are in the town of Holy Island where there are coffee shops or ruins to go visit. I stopped and bought some local fudge to gift to someone back home. Sadly none for myself. Oh, do take money with you as there is paid parking just before you enter the village. You can park the whole day, but again, be careful with the ever-changing tides.
Even More Castles in Northumberland
These are not the only three castles in Northumberland, but they are the only three which are still intact and not ruins. Other castles in Northumberland you may wish to visit are Warkworth castle and Dunstanburgh castle to name a few.
Do you love castles? Which one is your favourite? I would love to hear from you!
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