Alnwick Castle (Regimental Museum)
Alnwick Castle, seat of the Duke of Northumberland, is a well-preserved example of a medieval fortress. The oldest parts of the castle are the fortified walls, dating from the 12th century, which were strengthened in the 14th century by the first Lord Percy and given towers. Around this time the massive main gateway was also built, which gave entry to the outer courtyard.
Official site: www.alnwickcastle.com
Address: Estates Office, Alnwick NE66 1NQ, England
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 30: 10am-5pm
Entrance fee in GBP: Family £29.95, Adult £11.95, Concession or reduced rate £9.95, Child 16 & under £4.95
Useful tips: Last admission 4:30 pm.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Interpretive sessions sometimes available.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Northumberland Walking Trails
This informal trail traces the Heritage coast to the Roman Wall. The trail begins at Greenhead, going past Hadrian's Wall to Twice Brewed, Bellingham, Otterburn, through the Northumberland National Park and finally to Rothbury.A second trail begins at the Alnwick Castle, heading towards the coast at Alnmouth, going north to Craster, past the Dunstanburgh Castle to Banburg and up to Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is suggested that these trails be done over the course of about two weeks.
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