Alnwick Castle & Northumbrian Coast

  • Port

    Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Starting At

    USD99.95

  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

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.