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Day Trip to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & the Kingdom of Northumbria from Edinburgh

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Availability: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday | Apr-Oct
Duration: 9 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Hop on a bus in Edinburgh and discover Northumbria
  • See amazing sites such as Lindisfarne Abbey and Alnwick
  • Explore the Scottish wilderness in 1 day with expert local guides
  • Enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience in Northern England
What to expect

Have you ever wanted to visit the famous Scottish wilderness? Are you fascinated by the mystical folklore, the iconic Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria, the wild scenery and the fascinating history that’s been the pride of Scotland for centuries? This one day tour from Edinburgh takes you to some of the most beautiful sites of North-East England, such as Alnwick Castle, Lindesfarne Abbey and Flodden Battlefield. Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle.

Here’s how your full day tour is going to happen. On a brisk morning, get on a comfortable luxury coach in Edinburgh and head towards Alnwick Castle, as featured in Harry Potter & Downton Abbey. You have the amazing opportunity to visit as an additional option.

Your first stop will be Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway which leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, with stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle, (which dates back to 1550). Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne 'Mead' brewed by Monks on the island, and enjoy the tranquillity for which the island is renowned.

You will then continue your journey south to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle. Enjoy some time in the town centre or remain at the castle complex where there is something for everyone. Home of the Percy Family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”. Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden, with its wonderful Grand Cascade and Poison Gardens. Its grounds were also used in the Harry Potter films.

In the mid-afternoon you will begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed into the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits during this journey there will be a stop at Flodden Field, one of the best preserved battlefields in Northern Europe and scene of the infamous battle of 1513 which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.

*Please note that the tour routing and availability is subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne, which may occasionally result in the tour having to run in reverse

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What's included
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury modern air-conditioned coach
  • Written translations (on request)
What's not included
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and drink
  • All optional extras (attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drink etc) are not included in the price of your tour.
Reduced price
  • Children from 5 to 16 years old
Where

The tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

Meeting point:

The tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

What to remember

Please be at the departure point 15 minutes prior to departure.

Optional extras are available until March 2016 at your OWN cost (they are not included in the price) and can be booked on the day of the tour, such as:

  • Lindesfarne Castle & Garden: £7.40 adults, £3.70 children
  • Lindesfarne Priory: £5.40 adults, £4.90 reduction, £3.30 children
  • Alnwick Castle: £10.50 adults, £3.50 children
  • Alnwick Garden: £9.00 adults, £3.50 children

Written translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese (Mandarin)

You will have many opportunities to walk around the different areas, so advise you to bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable shoes, and take a sun-block or a hat for sunny days. And don’t forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you’ll encounter on your tour!

Unfortunately, children under the age of 5 are not allowed on this tour.

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When

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday | Apr-Oct

  • Leaves at: 8:45
  • Returns by: 6:15pm
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Provider
Timberbush Tours
Booking fee
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