Alnwick Castle & Gardens
After breakfast we take a fascinating walk through the historic market town of Alnwick. Alnwick, formerly the county town, dates back over 1500 years and is dominated by the Castle, seat of the Dukes of Northumberland, the powerful baronial family of the North. We shall spend the rest of the day exploring Alnwick Castle and Gardens. The imposing castle has been home for 700 years to the Percy family and as such has all the components of a fine medieval castle – walls, towers, turrets (where you may be able to watch Harry Potter inspired events), as well as fine apartments with a wealth of art and furniture to admire. The award-winning gardens are the brainchild of the 12th Duchess of Northumberland and cover 12 acres. of magnificent gardens to walk through. Highlights include the Grand Cascade with its 120 water jets, the Poison Garden and the world’s largest tree house restaurant.
Bamburgh & Lindisfarne
Today we begin with a drive along the Northumbrian Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to the coastal villages of Seahouses and Bamburgh. From here there are stunning views across to the Fame Islands. We shall stop for a walk around Bamburgh to visit the Grade 1 listed St. Aidan’s church and to hear about the heroic sea rescue performed by Grace Darling in 1838. Our stop will include a visit to the imposing Bamburgh Castle which dates back to Anglo Saxon times.
A short drive takes us on to lunch at the Barn at Beal (at own cost) before driving across the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. On arrival we shall have an introductory tour of the village to include St. Mary’s Parish Church, the ruined Priory* and Lindisfarne Castle*. (* entrance at own cost) This will be followed by time at leisure to visit in more detail before returning to our hotel in Alnwick.