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The Alnwick Garden
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Owner description: The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most extraordinary contemporary gardens. From poisonous plants and treetop walkways to glorious roses and towering delphiniums, the Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination and fun, all brought to life with water.
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

We were in the area for an Easter break and we went to the castle and gardens on our 2nd day. Because the weather was good we decided to go back twice more because of the amount of sights to see, stuff to do and relaxing nature of the place. The treehouse is spectacular, the cascading waterfall and all the peripheral features are beautiful, the poison garden is interesting, the other gardens are lovely to look at, the are some great photo opportunities. The castle is not quite as good as the gardens but it's great to do the tour which tells you all about where they made some of the scenes from Harry Potter. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed January 28, 2011

I went to Alnwick July 2010 with girlfriends. It's not the best castle nor garden around UK, but fairly it wasn't as bad as well.

Getting there: We took a bus from Newcastle to Alnwick. The return ticket wasn't really expensive, can get it off the bus driver before the journey. Bus travel takes around 1hour. Make sure you're one the top deck of the bus and be on the front seats for a good view. From the bus stop, you can walk 5 minutes the most to the castle. Ask questions around, you'll surely get there. They charge separately for the entrance to the castle and garden. We got both, and paid around 20GBP, each. (Quite expensive)

Alnwick Castle: It was such a fun playground for big girls. (its the company that you're with that makes it fun) They have an area they call *Knight's Quest, where you can put on duke, prince, princess, soldier etc costumes. We had 2 - 3 costume changes and took loads of pictures from the different backdrops in the area. After getting tired of posing and changing clothes, we moved on to *Dragons Quest. Here you'll be greeted with skulls and monsters in a dimly lit little maze. We didnt stay long there though. Going around the castle, you might want to stand where harry potter had his flying lessons, try archery, and check out some canyons. Going in the castle,there are gentlemen standing post each area to answer your questions about the Percy family and the history of the place. Nothing much really but fleeting wow's on the intricate details and value of the what's in there, well, apparent to any castles.

Alnwick Garden: When i entered the garden, i was awestruck. The fountain and architecture was beautiful. Quite disappointing though was how the roses were grown in the garden. It would have been magical if the blossoms were bigger and if the little insects (though they dont harm you) were rid off. We also took a little education show around of some harmful plants in their poison garden. (this bit was boring though)

One day is enough to enjoy both the castle and the garden. Visit early in the day. Summer is the best time to come.

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Reviewed October 31, 2010

Alnwick castle and gardens really have had their money's worth from my family over the years. I first visited with my parents over 40 years ago - so they really have. Didn't used to be too bad before they dreampt up those fountains but since then, one price on the entrance for the seriously over-priced castle, then a whole new amount again for a wee wander round the gardens.... no wonder they could afford to develop the grounds! A disgusting rip off for the average family to pay. Culzean castle could show them the way.

I take my hat off to the designers of the fabulous tree house. Beautiful. So, when we were passing through Alnwick on Saturday, we decided to nip to the tree house for a bite to eat. Not remotely interested in castle or grounds. Been there, got the T shirt several times over. It was 3pm when we arrived at the entrance to the tree house. The cafe inside was due to shut at 4pm and the member of staff waiting there told us we would have to go back and pay £10.50 EACH (adult entrance to the gardens), to walk across the wooden walkway onto the treehouse that was due to shut in one hour.

I hope tourists stay away in their droves until this place learns that how to value their paying public and to offer some kind of value for money.

11  Thank meg_m
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Reviewed October 28, 2010

I visited Alnwick Castle and Garden with my husband, 13 year old daughter and her friend. We paid £47.50 for a family ticket (with gift aid).
Overall we were disappointed (especially considering the price we paid to get in). The battleaxe and broomsticks tour was one of the best aspects of the visit. We enjoyed finding out about the sections of the castle which had been used for films and tv and there was a bit of history included too. The tour lasted approx. 30 minutes.
I would say that families with younger children would probably enjoy it more as there is more to do for that age group. The activities (e.g. Knights quest) were aimed at young children (which seems to be the case in most visitor attractions). For an extra fee of £2 per person you could have a go at archery (6 arrows). I was very annoyed that they were charging extra for this as we had already paid a lot to get in.
The garden was not as big as I had imagined it to be and, apart from the poison garden, was disappointing. We really enjoyed the poison garden tour and the guide was very amusing.

3  Thank DebbieB0
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

I can appreciate that it's expensive to keep your winter home running and we must all make ends meet somehow, but let's be fair. If you're going to charge your guests to visit your home, give them good value for their money. Tell them a little about the place -- its history, its architecture. Don't simply assume that the honor of being there and of gazing about themselves is enough.
It costsabout $16 plus parking to visit Alnwick Castle (not including the gardens). For this, you should be given at least a photocopied typewritten sheet with a little background on the history of the castle and how it evolved, to tell you what you are looking at. But no, although they are happy to sell visitors a guidebook for another $10. Signage around the castle was little help, except for Harry Potter fans. Two or three family members were highlighted at displays around the grounds, but it was very spotty and incomplete. Inside the castle was little better. Very little of the castle is open to view. There were laminated sheets in each of the public rooms, but they dealt mainly with the art, not the history or architecture. To their credit, the attendants in each room were happy to share information with visitors, but it was crowded the day we visited and they were all busy with other people.
Go elsewhere. If you want art, go to a museum. For architecture and gardens, try perhaps Cragside or Belsay Hall, each of which is fascinating and much better value.

2  Thank Cranbear
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