On waking up this morning we had planned to visit Hadrian’s Wall, however, after planning the route in the AA app and finding out that it would take nearly an hour and a half we opted for Alnwick Castle instead- just 8 minutes drive from the cottage!
Alnwick Castle has been in the same family for over 700 years and the Percy family still live there. We toured the stately rooms which the family still evidently use every day and where scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. Alnick is also the setting for Harry Potter’s Hogworts school.
One part of the castle is completely geared for kids with fancy dress costumes, broomstick flying training and “Dragons Quest”. Dragons Quest is a fun thrill ride smoke and mirrors type attraction where you have to make your way over rickety bridges, through a mirror maze to the dragons lair with witches along the way. Quite fun and just the right amount of thrill for young kids.
We had a fabulous lunch in a fish and chip shop which was very cheap and cheerful then had a little walk around the town.
We then drove over to Craster by the sea which was absolutely beautiful. We bought some smoked kippers for breakfast for James and the girls then walked a little way towards Dunstanburgh Castle before having a drink in a very cosy and friendly pub called The Jolly Fisherman.
Tomorrow we head to Edinburgh but along the way we will visit Bamburgh and Holy Island. Our take on Northumberland is that it’s one of the friendliest places we have ever been in our lives and one of the most beautiful. We love that there is no traffic and it’s so easy to park just on the side of the road. Definitely a possible contender for future place to live! Must explore school options….