Northumberland; Broomsticks & Bludgers at Alnwick Castle

If I had a pound for every post I wrote about Harry Potter I’d be a very rich girl, but, here goes another! Last week I took a trip to Northumberland and stayed with the fabulous St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth (review found here). Making the most of the trip we headed over to Alnwick Castle. Alnwick Castle is located in the historic market town of Alnwick in the North East of England, the castle is INSTANTLY recognisable as Hogwarts but it is also home to the show Downtown Abbey and is set for many more TV shows and films. Alnwick Castle was built as a medieval fortress and has been the home of the Percy’s, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland, since 1309. Today, Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England as it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and their family.

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Alnwick Castle is open each year from April 1st to October 31st, during this period the trust sees an influx of 200,000 visitors. The castle has been a widely used film location but these days the castle draws most of its attention from Harry Potter fanatics. The castle was featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies filming flying lesson with broomsticks in the first movie, The Philosopher’s Stone, and Ron & Harry’s Ford Anglia scene from the Chamber of Secrets.

The castle offers a wide variety of activities for visitors, whilst there take part in your choice of guided tours of the castle and grounds, archery lessons, magic and wizardry with a Harry Potter theme and a Knight’s Quest. Harry Potter activities, my personal pick, include a Battlesticks to Broomstick tour, three sessions a day of Broomstick Training with Hogwarts prefects and Magic with Hagrid and Dumbledore. We were a little late in the sign up for Broomstick Training so my tip if you really want to try this out is to pre-book, particularly in the school holidays. Broomstick Training is available to all age groups so don’t feel silly if you’re wanting to give it a go!

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Alnwick Castle offers so much for all ages and is most definitely my pick for anyone visiting Northumberland, whether you’re a Harry Potter Fanatic or interested in the local history you’re bound to have a great day out with Alnwick Castle. Don’t forget to hit up the Gift Shop before you leave, a wide variety of Film Memorabilia is available for purchase.

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Rebekah Esme was invited as a guest of Alnwick Castle and The Northumberland Tourism Board, as always, my views are my own. Please also find my review featured on the Northumberland Tourism Board Blog here

6 comments on “Northumberland; Broomsticks & Bludgers at Alnwick Castle

  1. Great post!! I love Harry Potter as well and definitely saved this blog post for future reference for whenever I make it back out to England. :) If you make it out to the U.S. you should definitely visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. (If you’ve been before, forgive me…I’m a new reader!)

    -Celeste
    http://wineandalines.blogspot.com/

    • Hi Celeste! Thank you for reading my post! :) I visited the Wizarding World last year! I blogged about it under the USA tab, how amazing is it! 😀 I hope to make it back to the USA to see the new Gringotts section that opened! :)

  2. Wow, this looks like a lot of fun. I would be up for some broom training :-)

  3. The broomstick training looks like so much fun.

  4. This is so awesome! I’m a massive Harry Potter fan so thank you for this post, I really really want to visit it now haha :)

  5. WOW my daughter has just turned six can’t wait to introduce her to Harry Potter, this would be an awesome mummy and daughter date! shame its so far away! oh well weekend away 😉

    Charlotte

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