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Exploring the Magic of Alnwick Castle, Howick Hall Gardens, and Barter Books

Are you ready to embark on a captivating journey through history, enchantment, and natural splendour? Join Highland Experience Tours and let us transport you to the mesmerising world of Alnwick Castle, Howick Hall Gardens, and Barter Books. From captivating tales of Scottish and English heritage to the spellbinding allure of medieval market towns, your Scottish adventure awaits!

Unveiling the Legends of Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle, renowned as the backdrop for Harry Potter films and ‘Downton Abbey’, stands as a living testament to over 950 years of history. Steeped in grandeur, this fortress has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years, playing diverse roles as a military outpost, a college, a refuge, and a family home. As you wander through its staterooms, you’ll be captivated by the opulence and mystery that fills the air. From the Guard Chambers to the Library, each corner reveals a piece of history, including the Duke of Northumberland collection featuring exquisite paintings and rare artifacts.

Don’t miss the ‘Downton Abbey’ exhibition and the tales of Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy, the castle’s most famous son. The uniqueness of Alnwick Castle doesn’t end here – it has also graced the silver screen, adding to its allure as a must-visit historical landmark.

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Delving into the Charms of Barter Books

Venture into the captivating town of Alnwick and immerse yourself in the world of Barter Books, the UK’s largest second-hand bookshop housed in a Victorian railway station. Prepare to be spellbound by the treasure trove of literary finds and the historical significance of this unique establishment. Nearby, the Bailiffgate Museum awaits, showcasing the rich history of Northumberland, adding depth to your exploration of the region’s cultural heritage.

Embracing the Enchantment of Howick Hall Gardens

Love tea? This is a must-visit place for any tea lover, especially Earl Grey enthusiasts. Learn the intriguing history of the origins of Earl Grey at Howick Hall. Nestled in the serene countryside, Howick Hall Gardens stands as a testament to centuries of rich history and botanical wonders. Owned by the Grey family since 1319, this enchanting estate invites visitors to delve into its storied past while immersing themselves in the beauty of its meticulously curated gardens and arboretum.

Wander through the exquisitely designed gardens crafted by the 5th Earl Grey and his family, where each season unveils a breathtaking array of rare and unusual plants. From vibrant blooms to towering trees, the arboretum sprawls across 65 acres, showcasing nature’s splendour in all its glory. After a stroll through the gardens, take a moment to indulge and unwind in the Earl Grey Tea House and try their famous and soothing cup of Earl Grey Tea, crafted from the very waters that flow through Howick.

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A Day of Coastal Views, Beaches & English History

As you journey through the picturesque Scottish Borders towards England, the region’s rich history and breathtaking landscapes unfold before you. Explore the historic Melrose Abbey, resting place of Scottish kings, providing a glimpse into the country’s regal past. Then, we’ll traverse a beautiful route alongside the renowned River Tweed, treating you to scenic views. Continuing the adventure, we’ll visit the iconic Alnwick Castle and its surrounding wonders. Finally, we’ll drive along the North Sea coast, returning to Edinburgh to wrap up your tour.

Experience the Magic with Highland Experience Tours

Experience the captivating allure of Alnwick Castle, Howick Hall Gardens, and Barter Books with Highland Experience Tours. Our guided excursions ensure that you make the most of your visit, allowing you to immerse yourself in history, enchantment, and natural beauty. Our carefully curated tours offer a unique opportunity to explore these iconic landmarks, creating unforgettable memories amidst the rich tapestry of Scottish and English heritage.

Ready to embark on an enchanting journey through Scotland and England’s most iconic landmarks? Book your tour today and let Highland Experience Tours be your guide to a truly magical adventure!

For bookings and inquiries, contact Highland Experience Tours at 0131 226 1414 or via email at Your Scottish adventure awaits!

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