Alnwick, Scotland, United Kingdom
Alnwick Castle was built following the Norman Conquest around 1096 and is the residence of the Duke of Northumberland. The castle was built not only as a residence, but as a strategically important post to protect England’s northern border against Scottish invasions. Indeed, it has a lively history of sieges and was captured by King David I of Scotland in 1136 and was besieged by William the Lion, King of Scotland in 1172 and 1174.
Alnwick is still occupied by the Duke of Northumberland and his family, but it is open to visitors in the summer: it is the second largest inhabited castle in England, after Windsor Castle. As well as the historical site and relics pertaining specifically to the castle, there are many other historical exhibitions due to the Duke’s interest in history. There are frescoes from Pompeii, artefacts from Ancient Egypt and Rome. The castle was also used as a stand in for the exterior and interior of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies as well as the TV comedy series Blackadder and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
There is plenty to see and do at the castle with guided tours, medieval and wizarding hands on kids’ activities. Everyone in the family will find something to have fun with and spark their interest when you visit Alnwick Castle. You can walk from Alnwick town to the castle or park in Alnwick Garden.