Day trip

Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

4.2 / 5

48 reviews

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

From US$ 62.77 per person

Combine movie magic and historic wonder on this trip to the Scottish Borders. Alnwick Castle is the true star of this show. Not only was it a key location for Harry Potter films, it’s a historic location of epic conquests and royal splendor.

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Duration 9.5 hours
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English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Alnwick Castle, setting of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Take in the beautiful scenery along the Scottish Borders coast
  • Enjoy the impressive views of Bamburgh Castle
Full description

On this 9.5-hour excursion from Edinburgh you’ll visit the picturesque town of Coldsream and the inspiring Bamburgh Castle. But it’s Alnwick Castle that’s the main destination of the day. It’s been a key filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey and is a historic location in its own right. You will leave Edinburgh in the morning and head east to the Scottish Borders. Enjoy the views of gently rolling hills and dramatic coastlines along the way. 

The first stop is the beautiful coastal town of Bamburgh. Take a stroll to the stunning beach and view the picturesque 5th-century Bamburgh Castle sitting on a natural throne of volcanic dolerite. In the afternoon you’ll visit Alnwick Castle. Admire the large stately rooms and the stunning architecture or learn a little about all the popular films and TV shows filmed at the site, including Harry Potter. After spending time in Alnwick, you will return over the border and into Scotland. 

The final stop is Coldstream's border town, which lies on the north side of the River Tweed. Hear about the turbulent past of this charming town before your journey ends in Edinburgh in the early evening.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Downloadable Audio Guides
  • Optional entry to Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Tours depart from 60 High Street, Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, not far from the intersection of the bridges and the Royal Mile. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.

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Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

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  • Please be advised that children under 5 years old may not take part in the tour, while anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no maximum age restrictions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 48 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The tour was great. The guide was wonderful and friendly. She made sure to talk to each of us. She was also knowledgeable about each site and had great stories to tell. The time spent at each site was just the right amount of time, never felt like we were being rushed. We visited two castles, with other stops along the way. Plenty of breaks.

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August 6, 2022

Lovely experience driving through to east Lothian. Our guide Connor was friendly and helpful, gave us information about history as well as nice places to explore within the spots. We loved the scenic view of the beach in Bamburg and driving near the Northumbria coastline apart from Alnwick. Overall, a day well spent exploring.

July 29, 2022

The trip was beautiful. For the stopovers, I would have liked a 1/2 hour more sea. But was really nice and Callum was an entertaining tour guide. In the castle the film location tour would be cool with German translation ... Don't know if you could have got it at the cash desk ...

September 30, 2019

Product ID: 77860