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Reviewed 20 August 2021 via mobile

We were dissapointed the gardens weren't included in the price and everebody else was walking into the gardens (some probably unaware of the price-as we were).

The state rooms (albeit a good art collection) were basically just one big advertisement for the Duke's book as they were everywhere. We were made to feel uncomfortable as there were staff just standing around looking intimidating, statuesque and generally giving an air of creepiness.

The historical tour was good probably the highlight of a very awkward trip. Although we didn't go on the broomstick course we did watch and thought it was a bit of a rip off because all they were teaching kids to do is simply: pick up a broomstick.

We were made to wear masks in the fusiliers museum which was uncomfortable for us, and more to the point they are no longer mandatory.

The gift shop was ok but there was a lack of signage everywhere and it was so busy and overwhelming it just didn't live up the the standards it portrayed itself to have.

Date of experience: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021 via mobile

Was really excited about visiting here due to it being in Harry Potter films. Couple do important things to think about when visiting:

-arrive early as broomstick training and dragon quests gets booked up early and even though we didn’t want to do this as we had a one year old we heard plenty of people saying they couldn’t get tickets who had arrived later in the day, I think this is something the castle should look at revising as they know how many people are attending especially kids as you book time slots and age when booking so should be able to cater for everyone to enjoy all activities. Maybe adding the option to the initial booking on the website???
- movies tours very informative and enjoyable.
- queue for state rooms gets busier as day goes on but seemed to move quite quick and these are really impressive.
- most of the grounds are pushchair friendly albeit albeit a bit bumpy, we even managed the capability brown walk with the pram. However state rooms and tower are not pushchair accessible but they do have wan area by state rooms to leave push chair but not by towers .
- parked in main car park which was £3 all day which we found really reasonable and you pay via contactless card at entrance.

Fanatic castle with lots to do and see. Town is and Alnwick gardens are in close proximity also.

Date of experience: August 2021
Thank jackwilliamf
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Reviewed 20 August 2021 via mobile

While the state rooms were impressive, the price of the tickets was ridiculous - it doesn’t include the gardens (which most houses do) and you even have to pay extra to park. The lack of ticket availability for the broomstick training and dragon quest meant very disappointed children. They are definitely cashing in on Harry Potter whilst offering true fans very little in return. While staff were generally polite, others were less so. Overall, hugely disappointing and underwhelming.

Date of experience: August 2021
Thank 886felicityt
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Reviewed 19 August 2021 via mobile

I booked the castle as a family I thought this would have included the gardens as well. Last time I visited we just paid for the gardens which is less expensive and normally at most places when you book for the ‘house’ the gardens are included. This was not made clear when booking and we were very disappointed. I ungraded my ticket to an annual pass which is not free it’s £5 per ticket, I should have done this after my visit as I was totally underwhelmed. The activities laid on were at additional cost requiring more tickets! It all felt very low key. Their were adverts for a book everywhere, the parking was extra charges again. Very disappointed with our visit my English Heritage membership gives more enjoyment and better value for money.

Date of experience: August 2021
Thank Travel24533960795
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Reviewed 19 August 2021

As far as UK castles go, few have the size and grandeur of Alnwick. With spectacular views out across the Northumberland countryside and interiors that are simply stunning and that many will recognise from films such as Harry Potter, it’s not hard to see why Alnwick castle casts a spell over visitors. With great attractions like broomstricking flying, dragon quest and resident jesters - there are plenty of side attractions to spark the immigration of the little ones whilst history seekers and architecture enthusiasts can revel in the generous exhibits. A great way to spend half a day before taking in the nearby Alnwick Gardens and town.

Date of experience: August 2021
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