I have wanted to visit Alnwick Castle, in Alnwick, Northumberland for a very long time. I finally managed to fit in a visit with the kids in June 2015 when we stayed in Berwick overnight. This was to break up our journey a little to make it a shorter journey to travel.
Alnwick Castle Review
About Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle is steeped in history, there are records dating back a 1000 years to say that Alnwick Castle existed! For the last 700 years it has been home to the Percy family. It is great for adults and kids to learn about olden times. If you have any Harry Potter fans or even Downton Abbey fans in your family then why not head for a visit as this is the place for you.
There are many things to do at the castle, you can see many exhibits, broomstick training, knights quest and more. If you are doing the broomstick training make sure you head to Knights Quest first to sign up and get a time slot. It can fill up quickly during the busier summer months. The State Rooms are great and you should really make sure you go see them. To keep the kids entertained while you look around too they get given the task of finding the little toy lions which are in each State Room.
Ticket Prices & Opening Dates
It is best to check ticket prices online. You can get tickets for just the castle or the gardens or joint tickets. I did think it was expensive but for a great day out then it is well worth the price. Even better is if you validate your ticket you get free entry for 12 months (you have to make sure you validate the ticket at a time, otherwise it won’t work for the 12 months)
Food & Drink
There is a good selection of food available – soups, sandwiches, and more meal-type food too (fish and chips etc) in the castle grounds, there are also more places to eat in the gardens. There are also some really good cakes too…yum!
A great day out in Northumberland with the kids, we didn’t get to see every part of the castle but then I knew with young kids it takes twice as long to do anything. My eldest loved the broomstick training where the staff are in full dress, and the lesson lasts about 20 minutes and at the end, you can take pictures “flying” and “levitating” your broom.
He also loved the Dragon Quest which is part of the Knights Quest where you can dress up and then go through them to fight the dragon at the end. I was too busy feeding the little one so grandad took my eldest. It can be dark and scary in places but I was told it was good fun. I would definitely visit again as there is so much to see and do for all ages (especially the flying lessons)
* Reviews are my own opinion. I haven’t been paid in any way for writing this.