R's brother in law's twin sister was cross that we were so close to her when we were at Alnwick Castle and did not visit her. The buggers are not coming and see me, she said when R posted a photo on FB. We did see her days later. She, being a local, pronounces Alnwick as Anick. Alnwick Castle was not quite what I expected, but nevertheless, pretty good. I say it as Alnick Castle.
The interior is as you would expect. Some scenes for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey have been filmed here, along with many other movies and tv shows. The Royals when travelling by train from London to Scotland used to stop off at Alnwick Castle for an overnight stay.
The Duchess of Northumberland founded the modern garden via a charitable trust in 2003 on land the family donated plus a contribution of £9 million, for a total cost of £42 million.
The castle is still privately owned by Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. He and his family live in part of the castle.
I expected more of this kind of thing in the castle gardens.
Something to do with Harry Potter. There is no escaping Potter in northern UK.
Mini golf is quite popular in England.
We travelled on to the delightful York. While I can't recall much about it, I know we liked it.
The Shambles is way cool.