Alnwick is a small historical town nestled in the heart of Northumberland, on the east coast of England. Alnwick is famous for several things, mainly its incredible castle and gardens. The castle itself is the second largest castle in the UK to still be inhabited, second only to Windsor castle.
Alnwick castle may look familiar to Harry Potter and Downton Abbey fans, as it is one of the great houses used in both dramas.
Unfortunately, no photography is allowed on the interior. The stately rooms on display are still used by the 12th Duke of Northumberland, so it is a matter of privacy more than anything else.
Visit Alnwick Castle & Gardens
The castle was initially built after the Norman conquest of 1066, but of course, has seen some remodeling over the years. It is a beautiful mix of British architecture from medieval to modern. If you want to know about the castle find their website here.
The Alnwick Gardens, in contrast to the castle, are a more modern project. Directed by the Duchess of Northumberland. Beginning its construction in 2000, the Alnwick Gardens is a melange of art, sculpture, and traditional garden.
The gardens are so varied and well-designed. At the start there is a wonderful bamboo maze. At the end of this are tunnels of creeping plants and roses, as well as a sculpture garden. This is only a fraction of the garden before the sweeping water feature in the centre.
The Alnwick garden also has a curious small plot, separate from everywhere else, that plays host to around 100 toxic plants, known as the poison garden. Each plant in this garden has the potential to maim and kill. The tour of the poison garden is a must!
Overall, a must-see castle and gardens for whenever you are up in the North of England!
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