ALNWICK, HOGWARTS & HOLY ISLAND  


5 days  £420

Sun 11th – Thu 15th October 2020

Single Room Supplement £120 

 


 

Northumberland is famous for its beautiful countryside, sandy beaches and majestic castles.  There are tiny villages and islands steeped in history.  The charming market town of Alnwick is best known for its medieval castle which became famous as the filming location for Blackadder, Harry Potter and Elizabeth.  The Alnwick Garden has a grand cascade, a tree house café with walkways and there is a poison garden.  Half board accommodation is provided at the listed White Swan Hotel which is a 300 year old coaching inn set in the heart of the town walls.  Part of its décor was taken off the RMS Olympic, sister ship to the Titanic, and was used to make the film.  All rooms are en-suite with TV, telephone and courtesy tray. 

EXCURSIONS: Bamburgh, Holy Island & Berwick-upon-Tweed; Otterburn Mill, Carter Bar & Kielder Forest.

Provisional Itinerary:

Day 1: Early morning departure from the Midlands, arriving in Alnwick late afternoon.

Day 2: We explore the Northumbrian Coast, visiting Bamburgh, Holy Island and England's most northerly town: Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Day 3: We head wast, first stopping for coffee/early lunch at Otterburn Mill. We then turn north and briefly cross in to Scotland at Carter Bar. After a few minutes photo-opportunity we then take a leisurely drive through the Kielder Forest, stopping at Kielder Water visitors centre for late lunch/coffee. 

Optional - Visit Cragside, Britain's first home to have electricity! It is now owned by the National Trust. We can drop you off on the way to Otterburn and pick you up on the return to the hotel.

Day 4: At leisure in Alnwick. An opportunity to visit the castle or the Alnwick Garden. The former railway station turned bookshop is a must-see!

Day 5: Return to the Midlands.