Dominating the town, magnificent Alnwick Castle was constructed high above the river Aln in the 11th century, providing a fortress to defend against raiders from the north during the border wars of the ensuing centuries. The castle is the second largest inhabited castle in Britain and been the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland since the 13th century. Together with its superb gardens, Alnwick Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northumberland and is an excellent day out for all the family. An arresting and dramatic sight, the castle and its grounds have been used regularly as a film set for many period dramas. Harry Potter-loving visitors young and old will recognise it instantly as the setting for Hogwart’s school in JK Rowling’s blockbuster Harry Potter films.
Six viewing rooms are open to the public, including the magnificent state rooms, which house important fine art collections, including works by Canaletto and Van Dyck. Discover medieval turrets and a dungeon dating from the fourteenth century, or take part in one of the regular events which feature throughout the year at the castle. Spend time exploring the extensive parkland, designed by Capability Brown, which surrounds the castle. Finally, the tea rooms and gift shop provide the opportunity for relaxation and a spot of retail therapy.
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