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“Loved it, however could’ve been directed better”
Review of Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years, it has witnessed drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance. From stunning art collections and sumptuous State Rooms to medieval crafts and Potter-inspired magic, a visit to Alnwick Castle fires the imagination.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our day at the castle.

We didn’t arrive until around 1pm, queued for tickets, then was told we needed to go to another booth to validate our tickets for the year. So we went straight there and queued again. Does seem odd that they can’t do this for you automatically when you purchase your tickets.

The broomstick training and dragon quest were both fully booked so we were advised to book a slot for the state rooms. We did so, and they were beautiful but my 7 & 5 year olds aren’t really engaged by this sort of thing. They have a little game where they’ve hidden lions in each room, once they spotted the lions they immediately wanted to move on. I would’ve loved to spend a bit more time reading all of the available information but it was a quick in and out.

We came out, and got to be honest thought - is that it? Seemed expensive (£44 for a family ticket). The kids ran around outside a bit and we stumbled on the military museum which my Son in particular enjoyed being able to hold the guns. However again it was small and only took 10/15 minutes.

We wandered again and stumbled upon the cafe area and through an archway got to the children’s area. We spent another 60-90 mins here where the kids watched the jester who was very funny. Lots of fart jokes which is right up my 5 year old Sons street. The kids could dress up as knights and run around. They made a wand which they really enjoyed and as we were leaving the staff shouted they had room for 5/6 more people in the dragon quest so we went and did that.

The dragon quest itself is small, but children of my age enjoyed it. However I’m glad we just did it on spec as it was very brief so glad we had t scheduled our whole day around it.

On review it would’ve been better if the staff had directed us to this area on our arrival as we very nearly missed it and this was what made our day.

Reading through the leaflet they have lots of events on through the year, so we’ll go again. Possibly whilst visiting the gardens when it warms up.

We completely missed the children’s play ground - if there is one? Seems so reading other reviews. They didn’t get chance to do the archery or the broomstick training. On our way out the kids wanted to look at the fountains in the garden, but the staff wouldn’t let us enter the archway just to look which seemed a bit extreme, but hey ho.

All in all a good day, but improvements could be made.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

I will preface this by saying we only visited the castle and I suspect my review would be more positive if we had visited the gardens as well/instead.

Firstly the State Rooms on the castle really are astounding and absolutely worth visiting. The rest...... if you are a big Harry Potter/Downton Abbey fan then it will be brilliant, if you're not it all just looks and feels a bit 'Disney'. There is nothing wrong with that and to be fair it is pretty much done to a Disney standard which is impressive in itself but it does feel more theme park than historic

It's not actually as expensive as the signs in the carpark suggest, as they display the price for a ticket to the castle and gardens rather than either/or (it was £16ish for an adult ticket for the castle and a gardens ticket was a little cheaper), food is significantly better than theme park food and not that expensive really.

It all just feels very 'staged' apart from inside the State Rooms.

As I said 'it's alright' and probably absolutely brilliant if you are under 15 and a big Harry Potter fan!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mystabe
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We went today as a family of four. It was a lovely sunny day. We arrived at 10 am as it opened and went straight to get tickets for a Dragon Quest and then for the broomstick training. Glad we did as the broomstick tickets had all gone by the time we went back for our lesson at 1130. My two kids (7 and 5) loved the broomstick training and the walk around the State Rooms as there was a little soft toy lion hidden in each room to find. Overall I’d recommend. Would have liked to have gone to the gardens too but £70 for a family of four is ridiculous. This was a brilliant day but I’ve given 4 instead of 5 stars as it was quite dear.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank qwertyPhilly
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This is a all time favorite of mine. I just love this place. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and the pictures you can take are the best. The castle it self is amazing and will furnished and maintained. You can not skip this beautiful castle if your in the area. Plan on at least a half day. Also family friendly.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Perry H
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This is a grand old castle that has been restored many times and still serves as the winter home to the Duke of Northumberland. The state rooms are quite beautiful and lovely to visit and the structure of the castle itself is amazing. But where this castle really shines is in the offerings to kids.

As home to many of the outdoor scenes in Harry Potter movies, they have capitalized on this by having lots of Potter themed things going on. The best of course is the opportunity to take photos of your kids flying heir brooms. Amazing!!

Additionally, there is sword fighting, archery, a kids playground and many other kids related activities. You won't be sorry you brought your kids here.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Wandering963
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