Alnwick Castle, Northumberland & Scottish Borders 1-Day Tour

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Explore the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and Downton Abbey's Brancaster Castle at the majestic Alnwick Castle on this fantastic day tour from Edinburgh.


  • Learn to fly a broomstick and make your own magic wand at Alnwick Castle
  • Walk in the footsteps of Vikings at Bamburgh beach
  • Be transported through time to Holy Island


Visit the rolling, beautiful hills of the Scottish Borders and hear tales from your guide about the infamous Border Reivers who raided villages and settlements in this part of the country for centuries. You’ll see for yourself why Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s greatest cultural figures, loved this landscape. Learn all about Scotland’s Outlaw King, whose heart is said to be interred in Melrose Abbey. Then, cross the English border and head to the magical Alnwick Castle. See where Harry Potter learned to fly and play Quidditch and take part in the famous broomstick training sessions with the resident Wizarding Professor. There is something for everyone in this historic fortress which has links to the Norman Conquests, wars of independence, War of the Roses and Oliver Cromwell. In the late afternoon, depart Alnwick and travel North along the rugged Viking Coast towards the Scottish border. Please note: If you join us between the 25th of October and late April 2025 (specific dates to be confirmed) Alnwick Castle will be closed, and the tour will make a longer visit to Bamburgh Castle instead of Alnwick Castle. Here you can explore over 3000 years of incredible history while enjoying fantastic views and sea air. From the 9th of November to the 5th of January, Bamburgh Castle puts on it's annual Christmas Installation which is sure to be bursting with enchantment and joy with something to delight everyone!


Experienced 'Hairy Coo' Driver-Guide providing live commentary and story telling throughout Tour by air-conditioned bus, with regular comfort breaks

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