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Message posted by Mrs. Bonce on 01/3/2014 at 7:18pm
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Is it worth it? we don't like stately homes so not sure if it would be worth our money.

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It's great, as are the gardens, loads to do for kids. We think it's one of the best days out. The gardens are superb on a hot day... Take wet weather gear for kids and poss a change of clothes - there are lots of interactive water features!!!

Good cafés too. Usually loads of other bits too like archery etc. top stuff for adults and kids alike.

Loads of good family places in Northumberland.

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Thanks, we are a retired childless couple. Quite fancy the archery.

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In that case, the gardens are interesting and incredibly well looked after. There is a poison garden full of poisonous and deadly plants that you get escorted around. The cafés are good and the castle tour is great. Also, I think your entrance fee lasts for a year. I'm sure that the website would tell you about other activities such as archery etc... They have a chance to be during holidays / BH etc

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Thanks, not for us though if it's a guided tour.

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can understand you being escorted round the deadly plants though !!!!!!!!!!


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Time of year you thinking of going MrsB?

I think this time of year, it can be a bit 'bland'..?

Nothing's really growing just yet I think...

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We will be there in June. If OH is as annoying as usual the deadly plants might be a good idea!

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You can even learn how to ride a Harry Potter broomstick! Also the water gardens are stunning.

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Thanks Margaret.

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We enjoyed it, but it's an expensive day out...you have to pay for parking, then pay to get into either just the castle, just the gardens or there is a combined fee for both. We had a 7 year old and she enjoyed the dressing up, dragon quest and the broomstick training...we just did the castle.

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Thanks Veema.

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Careful! Alnwick Castle is covered by one ticket, Alnwick Gardens are another ticket.

For us, the Castle is free entry as we are "Friends of Historic Houses Association" - membership costs about the same as National Trust but HHA has more properties than all the Trusts put together, ticket gets you free into stately homes - including Alnwick Castle - that are still lived in by the owners, many small and homely. But when Castle Howard, Longleat, Blenheim (all HHA) cost £15-20 pp, the pay-back time for a couple can be 4 historic houses. At Alnwick, "Rooms open to the public include the Guard Chambers, the Ante-Library, the Library, the Saloon, the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, the Breakfast Room, the China Gallery and the Chapel."  Didn't spot anything too Harry Potterish, I confess. I'd do it if it was raining, if you're not really into admiring marble fireplaces and paintings. If the sun is shining, definately do the Gardens instead (which aren't covered by the HHA cards) - they are spectacular, in June the roses will be glorious, and get there early as the visit could last a day. The fountains alone are superb.



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Thaks Fiona, will just do the gardens then. We hate paintings!

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hi.
my wife and i visited alnwick castle a couple of years ago. To be honest the castle itself wasn't great. We didn't feel it was worth the money. I personally found it strange walking around a home that was being lived in, was rather strange seeing paintings and antiques and a big telly in the middle of the room. The gardens, however, are well woth a visit, it was june we were there and it was really nice in the sun. The poison garden is worth a look, the reason its guided is because some of the plants, need home office permission to grow them there. The waterfalls are really nice. If your in the area Bamburgh Castle was , in my opinion, much better than Alnwick

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Thanks, we are off tomorrow, get to Alnwick on Wednesday. Planning on visiting as many "free" (NT/EH) things as possible plus the wild white cattle at Chillngham.

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