Alnwick Castle Gardens

Having explored Alnwick Castle and immersed ourselves in all things Potter the castle gardens were next up. A bit of a shock to have to buy another separate ticket – this makes it a super expensive experience, but we didn’t want to come all this way and miss out. The (free) public park / walk linking the castle to…

All Things Potter At Alnwick Castle

Husband and Son are big fans of the boy wizard Harry – they have read all the books and seen most of the movies. I am in the “if you can’t beat them join them” camp meaning I am a bit of a late convert to Harry Potter – I’m getting there! I can hold my own…

Alnwick Castle

When it comes to castles in Northumberland you are truly spoilt for choice. Son’s vote went to Alnwick Castle – all because of a certain wizard by the name of Potter (the first two Harry Potter movies were filmed here). There seemed to be a lot more besides boy wizards to recommend it, so the decision…

Vindolanda – England’s Pompeii?

After a hike along Hadrian’s Wall and a visit to Housesteads fort, we plumped for Vindolanda in the afternoon simply because it was close. Turns out it was a must-see, missing it off would have meant missing out big time. Set in a picturesque valley just one mile south of the wall, this is a once buried…

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall – top of my must-see list for this Northumberland jaunt. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it marked the very edge of the greatest empire Europe has ever seen. (My) excitement levels were high, Husband and Son were more obsessed with the torrential rain. I must admit the closer we got to the wall, the…

Northumberland Best Bits

We ventured to the remote and breath-takingly beautiful county of Northumberland for a 5 day break over the Easter holidays. Having never explored this part of the north-east of England before, excitement levels were high. We were not disappointed. What a gorgeous place, definitely deserving its reputation as one of England’s most beautiful regions. We…