We each stepped inside Alnwick Castle for different reasons. For Jeff and I, it was part of the journey through time in the British countryside. Downton Abbey fans find it a familiar Christmas backdrop. And, for our girls and other Harry Potter fans around the world, it’s Hogwarts.
Alnwick is a real working castle and home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and their family.
The castle tour included in our entrance fee had a Harry Potter flair. Interestingly, our guide was in high school when they filmed Harry Potter scenes, and like her classmates and friends, she auditioned to be an extra. Unfortunately, she was not selected. In fact, she missed out on the first cut. However, many of her friends are in the movie. Apparently, she is still quite bitter about being cut, making the day even more memorable.
Some of my favourite shots of Alnwick Castle
Lot’s of Ways to Tour Alnwick
Alnwick Castle in Films
Even if you are not a Harry Potter or Downton Abbey fan, Alnwick Castle may look familiar to you. Key films include:
- 2002 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- 2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- 1998 – Elizabeth
- 1991 – Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
- 1982 – Ivanhoe
- 1979 – The Spaceman and King Arthur
- 1971 – Mary, Queen of Scots
- 1964 – Becket
- And, several TV shows since 1983.
More Information on Alnwick Castle:
- The 150-room castle is the current home and seat of the Duke of Northumberland and his family who could live there full time, but according to the Daily Mail felt overrun by tourists last summer and temporarily moved to a “summer residence.”
- Alnwick Castle was built in the 11th century.
- We waited in a long queue to get our tickets, however, we could have purchased tickets in advance.
- The castle is open to visitors from March to October, with varying hours. See the official web page for details.
- One of the more popular British castles, Alnwick gets nearly 250,000 visitors annually.
- Alnwick Castle is located less than a mile off the A1. It is 35 miles north of Newcastle England and 80 miles south of Edinburgh Scotland.
Have you been to Alnwick Castle? Would you visit as a fan of British history, or as a fan of Harry Potter or Downton Abbey?
We visited Alnwick as part of a drive through the British countryside that started in Oxford.
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