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We are lucky enough to live 40 minutes down the road from Alnwick Castle

At the end of the summer holidays, we decided to take the kids up for a visit for a second time, but this time we decided to take a look at Alnwick Gardens.

Alnwick castle is steeped in history, there are records dating back a 1000 years to say that Alnwick Castle existed! For the last 700 years it has been home to the Percy family. It is great for adults and kids to learn about olden times.

But we don’t call it Alnwick Castle…. We call it the Harry Potter Castle, why?…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone filmed on location at Alnwick Castle in autumn 2000.

The following year, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the second film in the series) used Alnwick Castle for shooting.

The Outer Bailey is recognisable as the area where Harry and his fellow students learned to fly broomsticks with Madam Hooch (Zoe Wanamaker). Harry also learned the rules of wizarding sport Quidditch in the Outer Bailey.

The courtyards and baileys of Alnwick Castle were used to film Hogwarts students and staff going about their daily activities. Harry and Ron crash-landed the Weasley family’s flying car in the Inner Bailey.

The Lion Arch was a way in and out of Hogwarts, heading towards Hagrid’s cabin and the Forbidden Forest.

Mind you, the views from the castle were amazing, which makes me wonder why people love the city so much, when we have the gorgeous views around us.

It was lovely to see Imogen, Andrew and Jayden-Kye loving being free from gadgets and actually learning things about the past and taking a bit of history away with them.

Next we visited Alnwick Garden, which is only a 5 min walk from the castle itself.

Alnwick Garden is a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play. The world’s most ambitious gardens were designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz.

Out of all the places in the garden, Jayden-Kye was obsessed with the maze! That much so we entered it several times.

Around every corner there is something different and magical.

We came across a giant in the lake, giant clothes, an extraordinary mime artist and we even got to see Groot. Although as much as I had wanted the kids to have their photo taken with him, Jayden-Kye was a little frightened.

Overall a good day out! For tickets and prices, depending on the size of your group, I would suggest you click here

So until next time on location bye for now.

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