Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Alnwick Castle & Northumbrian Coast
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Approximately 4½ Hours
You will head to Northumberland, the northernmost county in England. Turn north along the coast, passing through seaside resorts and former coal mining communities. From here, the coastline opens up to a wide expanse of long, empty beaches separated by small fishing villages.
This Heritage Coast is dotted with the ruins of several impressive castles that reflect the turbulent history of the county -- Viking raids, the rule of the lawless Border Reivers (raiders) and endless battles with Scotland.
Visit the largest of these, Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland. The Northumberland family has lived here since the early 1300s, and Alnwick Castle (pronounced Annick) is a stunning series of towers and battlements. Step into some of the fabulously decorated and furnished State Rooms, and walk around the immediate grounds, viewing the battlements and fortifications.
From Alnwick, the tour heads south, passing lovely farmland with views to the remote Cheviot and Pennine Hills, before returning through the outskirts of Newcastle to the pier and the ship.