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Monday, November 9, 2015

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland in the north east of England, to the north of Newcastle, is one of England's most spectacular castles.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.

The seat of the Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle was first built following the Norman Conquest, in 1096. The castle was expanded and improved during the 14th century to serve as a strong fortress on the Anglo-Scottish border.

Rebuilding and reconstruction of the castle continued in the 18th and 19th centuries as the castle served as the family home of the dukes of Northumberland.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, UK.

Alnwick Castle is now open to the public throughout the summer and after Windsor Castle, just outside London, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England and one of the most visited, receiving around 800,000 visitors a year.

Public interest in Alnwick Castle has increased as it was used as a stand-in for the exterior and interior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series of movies as well as in a number of other films and TV shows. The romantic architecture and dramatic setting of the castle has also drawn numerous artists to depict it including Caneletto, who painted the castle in the mid-18th century and J.M.W. Turner in the early 19th century.

Alnwick Castle by Caneletto, circa 1750.

The modern Alnwick Garden set around a cascading fountain is another major tourist draw.

Alnwick Castle
NE66 1NQ
Tel: 01665 511 100

Alnwick Castle is less than a mile off the A1 and can be reached by X15 and X18 bus from Haymarket in Newcastle.

East Coast mainline trains from London to Edinburgh in Scotland stop at Alnmouth, four miles (6km) from Alnwick. Take a taxi or the X18 bus from Alnmouth (10 minutes).

Alnwick Castle by Turner.

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