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Alnwick

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  • Day4

    The Alnwick Garden

    September 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    The site was derelict 10 years ago, but the Alnwick Garden today is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens; its construction was the vision of The Duchess of Northumberland as a public garden for families to enjoy.

    We see the Grand Cascade, have a guided tour of the Poison Garden (for obvious reasons, you must be accompanied) and wander through the Cherry Orchard up to the magnificent Ornamental Garden. On the way back down, we wander through the Rose Garden, go through the dark maze that is the Bamboo Labyrinth and see the excellent water sculptures in the Serpent Garden. The features in the Roots and Shoots Garden are the result of collaborations with local schools and the NHS. On the way out, we pass The Trehouse; this is the largest wooden treehouse in the world: and built around 16 mature lime trees, which grow through and into the building, and is a restaurant with rooms linked by rope bridges (it is closed at present).

    The Alnwick Garden is a thoroughly recommended visit!
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    Wolfgang und Heidi

    Nice pictures 👍

    9/15/21Reply
     
  • Day4

    Alnwick

    September 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Today we visit Alnwick; once a village, Alnwick was eventually acquired by the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland, who built and expanded Alnwick Castle. The other family residence was Warkworth Castle (see future FP entry).

    Now a peaceful and thriving market town, Alnwick is accessed at the southern end by one of the original gates, the 15th century Hotspur Tower. There are many old buildings and monuments as we pass through to the market square. At the the northern end of town is Pottergate Tower and a modern statue celebrating Alnwick's famous son, Harry Hotspur (Sir Henry Percy, a 14th century knight who fought against the Scots and the French).

    Alnwick Castle is still owned by the current Duke of Northumberland and has featured in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts. The lion is the family symbol of the Percy family and is featured on the main entrance to the castle and on bridge crossing the River Aln.
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  • Sep28

    Northumberland

    September 28, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We drove North toward Scotland and stopped to view a section of Hadrian's Wall, (also called the Roman Wall) which the Romans began to build in AD 122.
    Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian's Wall was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.
    Further north east we stopped at
    Alnwick Castle. It is a castle and country house in the English county of Northumberland. The 12th Duke of Northumberland and family live in the castle for several months over summer.
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    Looks amazing! Rowena

    10/8/19Reply
     
  • Day22

    Alnwick Castle

    August 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Joachim: Unser Castle No20, der zweitgrößte Adelssitz Englands und Familiensitz der Familie Percy.

    Hier wurden die HarryPotter Filme gedreht.

    Ann: Ganz schön riesig und wahnsinnig viel los. Wir waren nicht drin, da die Preise viel zu überteuert sind, 25£ pro Person. Da gehen wir lieber nochmal als Abschluss schön essen.Read more

    SirHenry-macht-Urlaub.de

    das sind ja mal Preise, auch für meine Begriffe echt zu teuer.

    3/24/18Reply
     
  • Day6

    Dirty Bottle Hotel

    August 6, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Alnwick Is a very interesting little town of which more latter.
    Finally found our B&B after driving into a ladies yard next door. She helpfully said it was next door with the blue sign.
    They had taken the gateposts and sign down either recently or she is not very observant.
    A shortish walk down hill from the B&B where we are staying.
    The walk backup was much, much longer.
    A good selection of pubs for dinner, The White Swan, The Black Swan, The Fox, the usual set if Crowns and George’s.
    Finally decided on the Dirty Bottle which had a great story attached. Apparently a previous publican had moved some bottles from a window and dropped dead. His wife declared them cursed and they have not been moved since.
    Not sure if this was a life insurance scam. They are still there although the place has been been extensively renovated so the contractors must have had a challenge.

    Biggest burgers west of the Pennines and a serving of chips and onion rings that would kill you. Bernadette in heaven.
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    Graham Britt

    Kicked the vegan habit, then?

    8/8/18Reply
     
  • Day8

    Alnwick

    July 14, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Sobald wir im Schloss angekommen waren, buchten wir unsere "Flugstunde". Anschliessend besichtigten wir ein wenig das Castle, bevor wir an einer kostenlosen Tour teilnahmen, die uns die Filmschauplätze näherbrachte. Hier wurden viele Aussenszenen von Harry Potter gedreht. Aber auch Szenen von Downtown Abbey und sogar Transformers sind auf dem Schlossgelände entstanden.

    Die "Flugstunde" lief dann darauf hinaus, dass wir auf einem Besen durch die Gegend rannten und etwas peinlich aussahen. Lustig war es aber und es waren neben Kinder auch viele Erwachsene dabei!

    Über den Winter wohnen der Herzog und die Herzogin von Northumberland im Schloss, doch in der Sommerzeit können einige bewohnten Räume besichtigt werden. So zum Beispiel die Bibliothek, der Esssaal, das Wohnzimmer und der Raum der Butler.
    Als wir die Wohnräume verliessen, begann auf der Wiese gerade die Falkenshow. Diese war sehr eindrücklich.

    Gleich neben dem Schloss befand sich ein wunderschöner Garten. Ein langer, gewellter Brunnen führte den Hügel hinab. Dahinter lag ein verwunschener Garten voller Blumen und versteckter Brunnen, die sich als Fluss durch das Gelände zogen. Eine Wiese voller Hollywood-Schaukeln verlieh dem ohnehin schon magischen Garten etwas traumhaftes. Bevor wir ihn verliessen, mussten wir noch ein Bambuslabyrinth durchqueren.

    In einem supersüssen Teehaus machten wir eine Pause, tranken Tee und assen Scones mit Erdbeerkonfi. Gestärkt machten wir uns dann auf den Weg nach Alnmouth, einem Nachbarstädtchen direkt am Meer. Wir liefen ein kurzes Stück dem Dünenweg entlang, bevor wir noch ein wenig durchs Städtchen gingen. Mit dem letzten Bus um 17.50 Uhr fuhren wir zurück nach Alnwick.
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  • Day4

    Day 4 Copenhagen to Harewood

    August 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    It was a travel day, Copenhagen to Harewood. Usual things to expect; train, plane , bus, car, queue, questions, wait. Repeat.

    Thanks to all our neighbours we were up with plenty of time to make the plane.

    Thinking the airport might be air conditioned we were at the station by 6:40 (the flight was 10:10 with a 13 minute train trip so it was never going to be close run thing). As it turned out it may have been but it wasn’t as we know it.

    Past the morning meeting of the Copenhagen Collective of Ladies of the Street Corner and a number of hopefully hangover suffering locals and an easy ride Copenhagen Lufthavn.

    When you travel with cheap airlines you expect to walk to the opposite end of the terminal to check in, the other end to go through security, back to the other end to board. We had almost walked to Manchester.
    Most entertaining was the three elderly Americans grappling with self checkin and baggage drop. They were eventually handheld through the process, although the lady whose hand luggage looked like it had exploded and whose booked luggage was already overweight is probably still trying to make the gate.

    Car pickup at Manchester where the line was as long as the one trying to get on the plane. The Hertz agent told me he was going to get a coffee but realised he’d be lynched if he left the counter. Wise call.

    Easy drive to Harewood to the fine residence of Kate, David and Charlie and a delightful walk in the local woods and a chicken curry in the backyard to round off the day.

    Charlie was at first a little reluctant to talk to Mark (a view held by many young children) but relented when she realised that he didn’t colour in between the lines as well as she did and need some instruction.

    Early sort of night and an most enjoyable day. Always is when your transport gets you where you hope.
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  • Day63

    The perfect track until....

    August 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Bis 20km vor Alnwick war alles bestens. Dachte schon voller Euphorie "yeah, du kannst durchfahren!". Dann haben sie es wieder vermasselt und ein Wanderweg zum Radweg umbenannt. Einfach etwas umbenennen und dann hoffen das es besser wird. Wann hat das schon mal funktioniert? Naja egal, sitze mit Castleblick an der Aln. Morgen Richtung Berwick und damit zur letzten Station in England.Read more

  • Day7

    Alnwick Castle

    December 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    This is the castle in Harry Potter movies. Alnwick Castle is one of the most iconic castles in Britain. It's also one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North East of England. Every year thousands of people from around the world come to the Castle to learn more about its history and explore its film and TV connections.Read more

  • Day3

    Alnwick Gardens

    May 28, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Alnwick Gardens is located just next to the castle.

    The Alnwick Garden gives pleasure in so many ways to so many people from all walks of life. It has become a contemporary pleasure garden, which brings joy to millions. When I see photographs of it in darkness I feel that I am watching it sleep, resting in preparation for the people it has to entertain the following day. To me a garden without people is dead, and people have brought The Alnwick Garden to life and restored its soul. -- Duchess of NorthumberlandRead more

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Alnwick, ألنويك, آلنویک, アニック, Алник, اینک