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“Great day out”
Review of The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Alnwick
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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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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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“Great day out”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

You need a full day for this one if you want to do the gardens & castle. We only did the castle as we only had the morning. Wish we'd had time to do the gardens as they are meant to be really beautiful. The castle was great though - there was 8 of us in our party ranging from 15 year old girls to their 50+ parents. We all had a great time. Dressing up in the medieval costumes & the Harry Potter show were the highlights for me - a real giggle. The castle & grounds though are really beautiful in a beautiful setting!

Visited July 2011
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“Glorious gardens”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

I have an arthritic hip so did not feel up to doing both Castle and Gardens so, as the weather was lovely, we decided to just do the Gardens and we found them really pleasant. The only downside for me was that the non-disabled car park is a bit of a walk from the entrance and on the other side of a busy road but there were plenty of seats available so I could rest when needed. We had to queue for a tour of the Poison Garden but it is definitely worth the wait - who knew that so many beautiful plants could be so deadly! If you are in the area, this is definitely worth a visit. Next time I'm in Northumberland, by hook or by crook I'm going the Castle as well!

Visited July 2011
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Thaxted, United Kingdom
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“An impressive castle with interest for adults and children”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We enjoyed several hours at Alnwick Castle. We didn't have time for a whole day's visit and decided to look round the more expensive castle rather than the slightly cheaper garden. The castle proved to have enough to occupy us, and we thought the combined price was overly expensive in any case. The castle looks fantastic to start with - just what a castle should look like. Inside there were things for children to do - holiday activities around a medieval castle, dressing up and so on; also Harry Potter film associations. For the adults, the state rooms were very elegant with lots to see and good interpretive information; for the children, they could look for an animal clue in each room. A lot of money has clearly been spent on the castle and facilities and the quality showed. Reasonable cafe and shop. Having also been to Bamburgh and Framlingham castles this year, we thought Alnwick the best by far. Alnwich town is worth walking round as well - pleasant market place and shops, and a large 2nd hand book shop.

Visited August 2011
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Perhaps not the best time to choose to visit but despite the gail force winds we had a lovely time in both the house and the garden.

The garden was wonderful - the water features are stunning. The Poison Garden was very interesting and the guide was informative and amusing. Well worth a visit.

It's quite expensive at £22 per person but we did spend the whole day there so I suppose hour by hour that doesn't work out to be too bad and all the facilities - toilets, restaurants, shops etc were excellent.

Visited September 2011
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“Good day out bit a bit pricey if visit gardens too”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

Good day out, children aged 13 and 9 enjoed the fact that prts of catle dedicated to Harry Potter. Some peole dressed up as characters and mingled with the kids. Whilst thought castle reasonable value I did think it was a bit much asking for another £11 each to visit the gardens ( we didnt). If you want to go to the tree house restaurant you need to book. We turned up and nothing was available all day

Visited August 2011
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