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From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

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Take a scenic, coastal route into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick´s stunning castle .
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Duration 9 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • This Castles, Coasts and Fortresses Northumberland Tour takes you through Britain's medieval center of arts and religion.
  • Visit the ancient Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and sample some of the Monk's Mead
  • Visit Alnwick Castle, one of Britain's greastest castles and a main location for the Harry Potter films.
Full description
Take the scenic coastal route south into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of religious learning in the British Isles, and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle - where scenes from ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ were filmed.

Our first stop is Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway which leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle* (dating back to 1550). Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory* where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘Mead’ brewed by Monks on the island and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned.

We continue south passing Bamburgh, ‘Ancient Capital of Northumbria,’ then on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle*. Enjoy time in the town centre or visit the castle complex where there is something for everyone. Home of the Percy Family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and is proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”. Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden* with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in TV series Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films.

In the mid-afternoon we begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed and back into Scotland at the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits during this journey there may be a stop at Flodden Field, one of the best preserved battlefields in Northern Europe and scene of the infamous battle of 1513, which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.
Includes
  • Friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and optional extras (i.e. visitor attraction entry fees - Lindisfarne Castle & Shuttle Bus, Alnwick Castle entry, Alnwick Garden enter) are not included
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• The tour routing and availability is subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. This occasionally results in the tour having to run in reverse
• This tour operates from April - October
• Unfortunately children under 5 years old are not permitted on this tour
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 61 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.4/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Timberbush Tours

Product ID: 12659