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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Highlights
  • 9-hour tour of Holy Island and Alnwick Castle from Edinburgh
  • Cross the border into the north England county of Northumberland
  • Hear stories of early Christian settlers and Viking invasions on a tour of Holy Island
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
US$52.19
Overview
Discover Northumberland’s weird and wonderful history, from Vikings to wizards, on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Cross the border into North England and follow the causeway to Holy Island to learn about the island’s ancient Christian settlement and notorious Viking invasion. After visiting the hilltop Lindisfarne Castle, head back to the mainland and continue to Alnwick Castle, a magnificent palace with a completely different claim to fame – as a film location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
What to Expect
Your scenic drive follows the North Sea coastline before crossing the Scotland/England border into historic Northumberland. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you cross the Pilgrims Way onto Holy Island where there’s plenty of time to enjoy a short walk to 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, visit the Priory where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created and enjoy the spectacular views to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. Holy Island was settled by Irish monks circa AD635 and from here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion of the island heralded the beginning of the Viking Age.

Arriving at Alnwick Castle around lunchtime you’ll stop here for a minimum of two-and-a-half hours. This amazing castle, one of Europe’s finest, has been the centre of many historical events – from bloodthirsty battles between the Scots and English to the intrigue of the Guy Fawkes plot. Its sumptuous setting and exquisite architecture has famously been used as a filming location, including the Harry Potter movies (Hogwarts) and Downton Abbey. Visit the new Downton Abbey exhibition featuring costumes, photography and props from the series and enjoy ‘Harry Spotter Tours’, revisiting some of your favourite scenes. Next door to the castle is the world-renowned Alnwick Garden, several acres of beautiful parks, woodland walks and the Poison Garden.

The return home takes you through beautiful Border country and Northumberland National Park.
Reviews (72)
1 - 5 of 33 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Perfect day trip

We had an extra day while staying in Edinburgh and decided to go south into England and see the “Harry Potter” castle Alnwick. Kevin was our guide and drive and he was amazing. He had so much knowledge about the places we stopped and even...More

Thank Mandy L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
amazing day! 100% recommend

Our guide, Graham, was fantastic! He gave a lot of information on the ride but made sure to give us "quiet time" to take in the views and information. There was plenty of time at both sites to do what I wanted, and I befriended...More

Thank Kathryn M
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are really pleased to hear that you had such a great experience recently with Graham on the Wee Red Bus. Come back soon! Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Would be excellent but too overpriced to warrant that

Wow! Really lovely but compared to Cragside maybe mmmmm! It is very expensive for what you get to see. It was sunny and hot when we visited. Husband was happy on a chair with his nasty I pod. I Enjoyed the cherry orchard with the...More

Thank Sassyw
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Sassyw, I am not sure if this is a review of a bus tour with us - it seems to be a review for Alnwick Gardens. Glad to hear you enjoyed the cherry orchard and fountains anyway. Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile
Great day out on the south coast

This tour was on time, well organised with an excellent tour guide called Graham. There was plenty of time at both the Holy Isle and Alnwick to have a good look around. The guide was very informative but not overly effusive. He even tried to...More

Thank Beth S
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Hi Beth, Thanks for the fantastic review of your recent tour with Graham on the Wee Red Bus. It sounds like you had a lovely day out. Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Brilliant trip even in rain

From the start even though it was raining our driver/guide Angela made sure we will have fun on this trip. She was brilliant all day long. First stop was Lindisfarne the Holy Island. At that location rain seemed appropriate for the crossing over and seeing...More

Thank Branko P
WeeRedBus, Guest Relations Manager at Heart of Scotland Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Branko, What a smashing review - thank you! It sounds like it was a great day out, despite the rain and mist. Angela will be delighted to read your lovely comments. Kind regards Helen and the HOST team

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Juliet_Manning
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Response from Jewels2111 | Reviewed this property |
We were running late. I think it was just before 8pm.
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purdy131
3 May 2018|
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