Day trip

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

From US$ 60.03 per person

Take a scenic, coastal route into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick´s stunning castle .

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Duration 9 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • This Castles, Coasts and Fortresses Northumberland Tour takes you through Britain's medieval center of arts and religion.
  • Visit the ancient Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and sample some of the Monk's Mead
  • Visit Alnwick Castle, one of Britain's greastest castles and a main location for the Harry Potter films.
Full description
Take the scenic coastal route south into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle - where scenes from ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ were filmed. Our first stop is Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway which leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle* (dating back to 1550). Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory* where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘Mead’ brewed by Monks on the island and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned. We continue south passing Bamburgh, ‘Ancient Capital of Northumbria,’ then on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle*. Enjoy time in the town centre or visit the castle complex where there is something for everyone. Home of the Percy Family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and is proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”. Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden* with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in TV series Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films. In the mid-afternoon we begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed and back into Scotland at the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits during this journey there may be a stop at Flodden Field, one of the best preserved battlefields in Northern Europe and scene of the infamous battle of 1513, which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.
Includes
  • Friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide
  • Meals and optional extras (i.e. visitor attraction entry fees - Lindisfarne Priory, Alnwick Castle & Alnwick Garden entry) are not included
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The tour routing and availability are subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. This occasionally results in the tour having to run in reverse
  • Unfortunately children under 4 years old are not permitted on this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 123 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The weather was really nice when we went, so we had a really good time just wandering the castles and the priory taking pictures and exploring. Also the guide, Andrew T, is very informative, from the history and stories of the places we’re visiting to the things we see on the way to the attractions to the most random facts about Scotland.

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October 21, 2021

Enjoyed the trip, i went by myself for a day out on holiday. Andrew T was a great guide with a good mix of interesting commentary, music, but not talking too much so we could just enjoy the view. I went to the attractions (tickets are extra so you choose which to go to) though next time id probably just go to Alnwick Gardens if a nice day and skip the other two as whilst the stops were at least an hour for each it’s still a rush to see everything you want to.

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September 24, 2021

We had a lovely time on the trip. It left on time and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and nice. The only downside was that we did not have enough time to go around all areas of the Alnick Castle and gardens which is what we really wanted to do.

July 9, 2021

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