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Alnwick Castle - Is it worth a visit?

We are considering taking a day trip out of Edinburgh to visit Alnwick Castle in England. Where Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed. I'm wondering if it's a worthwhile day trip?

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I'm not sure how long of a trip that is, but the castle and gardens are totally worth a visit. Make sure to see the castle from the other side of the Aln, very impressive. And if you are able head to Hulne Priory in the park for a view of maid Marion's home in Robin Hood with Costner. Met my husband here as a student so it has a special place in my heart.

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It is worth a visit, but there are far more interesting castles in the area that aren't as overrun with visitors just because it appeared in Harry Potter or Downton, such as Bamburgh or Dunstanburgh Castles.

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Agree with Jennifer. It's definitely worth a visit, but I'd say there are better attractions in Northumberland e.g. Holy Island. It's probably the most accessible one though so definitely doable as a day trip.

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If you go to Holy Island check your timetables carefully as it is tidal. It took us 3 tries to make it onto the island, though it is definitely worth it.

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YES! I went to England/Scotland/Wales last year, and Alnwick castle was the best castle by far that we visited. Since people still live in it periodically it is well kept and the grounds are stunning. Moreover, they have an excellent garden that is gorgeous and located behind the Castle. You can't go wrong visiting it. There are movie tours (if interested) and the day we were there they also had a really nice falconry show. If I had to rate the castles that I visited:

Alnwick - 10
Stirling Castle- 8
Caernarfon- 8
Baumaris- 7
Conwy- 7
Tower of London-7
Sudley Castle/Manor - 6
Edinburgh Castle- 6 (like war-room Disneyland)

My family - with a young child - and I took the Rabbie's day trip from a Edinburgh to Alnwick castle. The trip includes a stop at melrose abbey which is in ruins and we found the burial site of Robert the Bruce's heart (actual brave heart). It ended with a side trip to Dunbar. Dunbar was mostly closed up and raining at this point. We enjoyed our visit. For a family with a child, it was much worth it. For adults, visit the castle and the gardens. If you are all adults and on limited time - Stirling castle is more historic and a good tour combined with Loch Lommond. The Percy family still owns Alnwick castle and has close ties to Queen Elizabeth II.