Newcastle (England) Alnwick Castle Excursion Reviews

We booked this excursion on the representation that Alnwick Castle had featured in the early Harry ...
We booked this excursion on the representation that Alnwick Castle had featured in the early Harry Potter films as the exterior of Hogwarts and the scenes of Harry's first flying lesson. That was all true. (and the castle offers ... Read More
We booked this excursion on the representation that Alnwick Castle had featured in the early Harry Potter films as the exterior of Hogwarts and the scenes of Harry's first flying lesson. That was all true. (and the castle offers broomstick training for kids of all ages!) We had not realized, however, that the gorgeous state rooms of the Castle, which is owned by the Duke of Northumberland, as well as the surrounding parklands and gardens, had featured prominently in the later seasons of Downton Abbey as Brancaster Castle, home of the Marquess of Hexham. This was an added bonus, as was the short film about the filming challenges at the Castle which included commentary by the Duke and Duchess. A few days after we left the ship we were thrilled to see a shot of the castle in the new Downton Abbey movie! Additionally, the drive from the ship up the coast of England was just lovely and our guide was able to provide a lot of information about the area. We just wish there had been more time to visit and explore the grounds. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was an awesome place to visit.
This was an awesome place to visit. Loved the fact that the castle is still a "family run castle" and that they opened it to visitors. We had a great time and were able to enjoy a few moments without rain!
This was an awesome place to visit. Loved the fact that the castle is still a "family run castle" and that they opened it to visitors. We had a great time and were able to enjoy a few moments without rain! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We only went to the gardens and saw the castle from a distance.
We only went to the gardens and saw the castle from a distance. Nothing impressive in the gardens.
We only went to the gardens and saw the castle from a distance. Nothing impressive in the gardens. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Ship tour to Alnwick castle (pronounced Annwick), the second largest inhabited castle in Great ...
Ship tour to Alnwick castle (pronounced Annwick), the second largest inhabited castle in Great Britain after Windsor, inhabited for 700 years for the Percy family, now Dukes of Northumberland. Site and furnishings are gorgeous, and often ... Read More
Ship tour to Alnwick castle (pronounced Annwick), the second largest inhabited castle in Great Britain after Windsor, inhabited for 700 years for the Percy family, now Dukes of Northumberland. Site and furnishings are gorgeous, and often used for filming including as Hogwarts and for the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey! (You can do this by car yourself). Castle has kids’ areas, including archery and games but ESPECIALLY quidditch broom riding lessons (more fun to watch than participate). The gardens are about a 10 minute walk away and lovely. Ship offers a shuttle to an outlet mall and to the train station at Tynemouth, which is charming! On the north sea with an ancient monastery and huge flea market on Sundays. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line