Alnwick Castle, County of Northumberland, England

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England and seat of the Duke of Northumberland. It was also used in the first two Harry Potter movies for Hogwarts Castle. The powers that be make use of that notoriety, and you can’t blame them. It looks mystical from a distance, but it is huge and the upkeep expense must be immense. The day we were there, it appeared that there was an event that included learning to the proper way to ride a broom! The State Rooms are amazing but, of course, photos were not allowed. I just had to take a photo of a child on one of the toy tractors provided for visiting children! It would be a great place to spend an afternoon with your family, even if the young ones probably wouldn’t be interested in a lavish ballroom or where the Duke ate his dinner.

The water cascade leading up to the gardens was impressive and the gardens beautifully kept. I highly recommend it if you are in the area!

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