Fancy a trip to the county of Northumberland, where a majestic castle stands proud and familiar to every Potterhead in the world? Let’s go!
“Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts, teach us something please~!”
Alnwick Castle is the second-largest inhabited castle in England (next to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s weekend home in Berkshire). It is located in the ceremonial county of Northumberland in the north and it has been the home of the Duke of Northumberland and his family for seven centuries.
The castle has been used as a setting in many films throughout the years. Some of them include, Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Ivanhoe (1982), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Robin Hood (2010), Elizabeth (1998), and most famously, all eight of the Harry Potter films.
Despite being inhabited, the castle is open to the public with tours of the castle’s State Rooms and grounds available, as well as Potter-inspired broomstick training sessions and magic shows. Other attractions include museums, medieval-themed activities and special exhibitions held in three of the castle’s towers.
Another notable part of the area is the adjacent Alnwick Garden. First established in 1750, it has fallen to disrepair through the centuries but in 1997, its revival and redevelopment was picked up thanks to the current Duchess, Jane.
As of the moment, the garden features a pavilion and visitor center, a treehouse complex, and a central water cascade.
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