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Alnwick Castle - The Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle

The Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle

From £39 per adult

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March — October

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This exciting tour travels along the Northumberland coast, exploring Holy Island (scene of the first Viking invasion) and Alnwick Castle (filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey) before returning to Edinburgh via the beautiful Borders.

A scenic drive with Heart of Scotland Tours towards the historic border town of Berwick-on-Tweed follows the sweeping coastline of the North Sea. Soon we cross the ancient Scotland/England border into Northumberland. Lindisfarne or Holy Island is a tidal island settled by Irish monks from Scotland circa AD 635. From here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion heralded the beginning of the Viking Age.

Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you will have plenty of time to enjoy a short walk to 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, visit the Priory where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created and to enjoy the spectacular views to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands.

You may also wish to buy some delicious souvenir Lindisfarne Mead from St Aidan’s Winery. * See note below regarding tidal access to Holy Island. After a short drive we arrive at Alnwick Castle at lunchtime.

This magical place (the 'Windsor of the North') is one of Europe’s finest castles and has been at the centre of many historical events – from bloodthirsty battles between the Scots and the English to the intrigues of the Guy Fawkes plot.

Its sumptuous setting and exquisite architecture has famously been used as a filming location for ‘Downton Abbey’, 'Harry Potter' (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry), 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves', 'Elizabeth' and 'Blackadder'.

Visit the Downton Abbey exhibition featuring costumes, photography and props from the series and revisit some of your favourite Harry Potter filming locations. There are guided historical and film tours as well as costumed actors in the castle grounds. Check the events board on entry to make the most of your time here.

There are numerous fun and interactive activities for children and we will stop here for a minimum of 2.5 hours so you can fully appreciate and enjoy this amazing castle. Next door to the castle is the world-renowned Alnwick Garden. The fabulous Grand Cascade, Walled Garden and Poison Garden are part of an expansive network of formal planting which attracts visitors from all over the world.

Although a separate attraction, we have an agreement whereby customers can enjoy a combined ticket to both attractions with a Heart of Scotland Tours discount. Our special 25% discount prices are Castle adults £11.80 (5-16s £6.60), Garden adults £9.70 (5-16s £4.00), Castle and Garden adults £20.00 (5-16s £9.10)

The tour returns north through scenic Border country following in the footsteps of feuding clans and families, known as Border Reivers, who fought a series of violent raids across the border hills until the end of the 16th century. We stop for refreshments and an opportunity to admire the beautiful rolling landscape which nestles between two historic and proud nations.

* Please note the crossing to Holy Island is dependent on tidal conditions and is always at driver discretion. Your driver will ensure that crossing times allow for a healthy safety margin. If the tour is unable to cross in the morning then we will endeavour to visit in the afternoon or stop at Bamburgh beach and the impressive castle instead.

Contact details

Heart Of Scotland Tours
Suite 47, Pure Offices
Bonnington Bond
2 Anderson Place
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH6 5NP
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
1
Day
Transport
Small coach
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Architecture Castles Film and TV Geology History

Tour prices

From

  • £39 Per Adult
  • £36 Per child
  • £36 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Heart Of Scotland Tours

Our 5-star, award winning guided tours are carefully designed to give you lots of variety by including the best-loved sights as well as hidden gems that many tourists never see. Enjoy the spectacular mountains of the Highlands, ancient castles, beautiful lochs and some of the best views in the world. We look forward to welcoming you onto our famous 16 seat Wee Red Buses to experience and enjoy the essential Scotland together.

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Our phone line is open from 07.00 to 21.00 every day +44(0)131 228 2888
Or book online at heartofscotlandtours.co.uk

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