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“Garden cascade a waste of time”
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The Alnwick Garden
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #2 of 43 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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Canberra, Australia
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“Garden cascade a waste of time”
Reviewed July 3, 2008

To break up a long drive from Aberdeen to Newcastle, we decided to stop off at Alnwick Gardens. How disappointed we were!

After paying the reduced price of 6 pounds 50 each for seniors, we walked the walled garden and rose garden in the rain and they were OK, but nothing special. We waited for an hour and a half for the and water jets. All we got were 2 displays lasting 15 seconds, half an hour apart, of 4 spouting jets - nothing special at all.

We were most disappointed. After asking why the display was so uninteresting, we were told that this was the computerised sequence set for that day.

In our opinion it was a waste of time and money.

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“Very disappointing”
Reviewed May 19, 2008

The car park is a considerable walk from the gardens. When we arrived we could not find any method to pay the £2.00 car park fee. We walked to the garden pay point and asked how we pay for the car park. We were informed that we had to pay the attendant at the car park entrance. We advised that there was not a car park attendant. This was of no consequence, we therefore had to walk all the way back to find this attendant and pay fro the parking, not a good start.
The gardens? very disappointing. Takes about 1 hour to see the lot, and thats a leisurely stroll. There are no signs at all once you are inside the complex, so its not easy to find your way around. We therefore asked a member of staff if there was a leaflet/map of the gardens we could purchase. He had a pocket full, but you had to ask for them. £10.00 entry per person and they cannot give a map so you can find your way around.
Very poor value, won't bother next time we are visiting the area.

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Blue Earth, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

The university I attended in Minnesota set up a study abroad program with the castle and I was lucky enough to get to attend this program. They have about 3 sessions a year, lasting all the way up to 4 month stays. Anyway, I went from January through April of 2003 and we stayed in the dormitory area of the castle. It was a delight! We got private tours of the entire castle and the garden for free, as well as pretty much free range of the grounds, except for when the Percy's living in their part of the castle.

I do recommend a visit to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Yes parts of it may be a let-down, but it's all in how you view it. One of my favorite moments was actually going down to the pasture, sitting down by the "murky" river, and watching the swans on the river, and looking at my "home" for 4 months.

I recommend wondering the streets of Alnwick as well as going to Hulne Park as well. There is some interesting history and neat things to see. Definitly visit Alnwick if you are in Northumberland.

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“Wonderful Visit!”
Reviewed October 16, 2007

We visited Alnwick Castle on the 13th October 07. It was a lovely experience. Unlike a previous review on here, we parked right next to the castle with no problems at only a cost of £2 for the whole day!!! This was only a short walk to the entrance where we were asked at the gate whether we were visiting the castle or the gardens...we were only visiting the castle, so we only had to pay £9.00 each. We are fans of Harry Potter so to experience walking into the castle that was HOGWARTS for the earlier films was a joy. The castle is very beautiful and grand, however the photos on the castle website make the surrounding gounds of the castle look more beautiful than they actually are. The water area that looks like a beautiful lake in the pictures was just a muggy river surrounded by unkept overgrown grass and greenery (which was a bit of a let down). There are many tours available at the castle, we went on the broomsticks and battleaxes tour that was delivered by an actor from Harry Potter. It was very informative and enjoyable, where we not only learned about behind the scenes of the film, but also about the History of the castle and all the quirky tales and woes of the past. I agree that some of the staff who guard the state rooms could do with a personality transplant!!! But i guess they spend that long standing in those glorious rooms filled with all their splendour that they believe they live there - bless 'em! p.s. with all the money that the Percy family who live there obviously have, surely they can afford a new carpet in one of the state rooms!!!! If my carpet looked like that i wouldnt let non paying visitors in!!! Any overall we enjoyed the day and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the aforementioned.

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cleveland, UK
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“You have to pay twice as Castle and Gardens are Separate!!!!”
Reviewed August 27, 2007

On the only nice day we've had this summer my wife and I, plus 3 dear friends (1 adult and two teenaged girls) from Manchester decided to go to Alnwick Castle to see where Harry Potter was filmed and the Grand Cascade Water Fountains.

On arrival we were ushered to a Car park that required us to walk a halve mile to the entrance (not a good start). Where we purchased tickets to the Gardens (£8 for each Adult = £24). We decided to go to the Castle first. When we approached the castle gate we were approached and asked for our tickets. When we presented the tickets we had we were told that that they were for the Gardens only!!! And that we had to buy additional tickets for the Castle!!!! £9 per Adult and £6 per Child = £39 making the total out lay £63 for the visit. I was absolutely stunned........No one told us we had to pay twice!!!!!

When we finally got to the Castle there wasn't much to do, or see. We could just about make out where the 4 scenes for Harry Potter were filmed!! My two teenage companions were not impressed. When we got into the Castle we were told in no uncertain terms “switch off all mobiles and cameras” by some very welcoming (not) ladies at the front entrance. It took us about 10 minutes to do the house as there wasn’t much to see apart from endless photos of the family!!

After leaving there we went to the Knights Challenge great for 4 to 8 year olds but not for teenagers. We could sense a rebellion on our hand at this point so decide to abandon the castle which quite frankly was a major disappointment. (45 minutes for £39)

The Gardens were very nice and we enjoyed watching the Fountains over three shows and got some nice photos. We also enjoyed the two bouncing/swaying bridges in the tree house area. Although a couple of the more elderly guests didn’t appreciate our teenagers having a little fun!!! (Best laugh of the day.)

All in all a huge over priced disappointment.

Although on the way back we stopped to have tea at the Duke of Northumberland pub at Felton. An absolute find, fabulous food that made our day.

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