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Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

Product ID: 77860
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.
About this activity
Duration: 9.5 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
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  • 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’ll leave Edinburgh at 08:15 in the morning and head east to the Scottish Borders. Along the way, you’ll have views of gently rolling hills and dramatic coastlines. The first stop is the beautiful coastal town Bamburgh. Take a stroll to the stunning beach and view the dramatic 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 that have been filmed at the site, including Harry Potter.

After spending time in Alnwick, you will make your way back over the border and in to Scotland. The final stop is the border town of Coldstream that 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.

  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Hire of audio guide MP3 player (subject to availability) including earphones
What’s Not Included
  • Optional entry to Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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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.

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Important information
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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

4.3 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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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

very interesting visit;

We were very pleased with this visit; a charming helpful and very documented guide; one of us who did not speak English was able to benefit from a book, if not a self-guide, which she would have preferred; this one, written in particular in French, allowed him to have most of the explanations.

June 9, 2019

Unfortunately, only the first two goals were addressed. Coldstream was only driven through without a stop. At the first destination Bamburgh Castle you have far too little time with 45 minutes, at the second destination, Alnwick Castle with 3.5 hours much too much. 2 hours would have been enough. So it is at most worth it for Harry Potter fans, but unfortunately you hardly notice anything from the Borders. The only plus point is the comfortable bus.

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August 17, 2019

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Highland Explorer Tours

Product ID: 77860