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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

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UK: St Mary’s Inn, Hotel Review

So this week I was fortunate to spend two nights with the spectacular St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth located in the heart of Northumberland, UK. It’s just been Easter and we wanted to get out into the countryside to explore! St Mary’s Inn is perfectly situated for just that, positioned in a corner of Northumberland is the B&B which has recently has been transformed from the former administration building of St Mary’s hospital to quaint, contemporary first class accommodation.

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Rooms at St Mary’s Inn are as close as you can feel to being at home. Rooms perfectly reflect the pubs ambiance and the ‘country bumpkin’ theme flows throughout incorporating striking antique cabinets with contemporary bathroom suites.

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Northumberland, Eshott Hall Review

Eshott Hall. Northumberland. Wow, what a place. Me and the boyf went this weekend as my little birthday getaway. We spent just one night in the Stately home, Saturday (it snowed). The house is made up of 11 bedrooms, all uniquely designed to fit the taste of traditional Victorian elegance, each equally as impressive as the grounds it stands on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we arrived we were greeted by helpful, accommodating staff who were only too happy to attend to our every need. As we walked through the entrance doors our eyes fell upon the breathtakingly beautiful cream lobby. We checked in and were shown to our room, The Mandarin Room. Enormous, the King bed that sat across the centre of the room was fantastic, you could quite simply get lost in it! ..

We chose to go out for dinner, aware this was our only night we thought we’d make the most of our stay in Northumberland! So we found a nice pub in the centre of Morpeth. Upon our return to the hotel staff suggested we sat in one of either room for a quiet drink before bed. We did so, and drink prices were not at all that expensive (around £4 for a glass of white wine).

Sunday morning we descended for breakfast, being given the choice of rooms we opted for the brightest room situated to the left of the lobby. Waiter service allowed for them to supply us with tea and toast with a perfect choice of breakfasts. I opted for Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg presented on a bagel topped with chive cheese. It was heavenly. Sam, acting upon our waitress’s recommendation, opted for the Northumberland Full English which came complete with Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Egg, Tomato and Black Pudding. It did look lovely!

Our stay was wonderful, sheer bliss for the couple that are looking for a quiet retreat away from the hustle of the busy inner city life. This hotel offers elegance and class and we would highly recommend this stay to any of our friends and family.

Personally I would like to thank my amazing boyfriend for the best weekend. Ily.

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