Our Northumberland Castle Challenge has finally brought us to Alnwick Castle, arguably the most famous of the Northumberland Castles, not least for it’s roles in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts and the Downton Abbey Christmas special as Brancaster Castle!
The home of the Percy family for over 700 years, one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK. There has been a castle on this site for over 1000 years, it was the birthplace of England’s most famous knight, Harry Hotsper, and even one of Anne Boleyn’s lovers was a Percy (you can read more of the family’s rich history here). This castle promised to be a good one.
Last Friday Reuben and I joined Emily and Beau, and Cath, Isabella and baby Sam up in Alnwick. Once the kids had donned their regatta puddle suits (which got no less than 3 compliments!) we set off. While it was a grey and drizzly day, it was loads of fun and here’s why… (more…)