Order a combination ticket online for Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens. Make reservations at the restaurant at least 6 weeks in advance.
Good to know
This day is best done when there is no rain, as the majority of it is outdoors.
Recommended time of the year
Would not go in winter due to being predominantly outdoors
Buy tickets online. Instead of lunch at the cafe, bring food to have a picnic - there’s plenty of outdoor space.
About This Day
Alnwick Castle has everything needed to keep parents and kids happy. For fans of “The Boy Who Lived”, it will simply be referred to as the Harry Potter castle. Take one of the several tours of its 1,000-year-old battlements and watch the children as they role-play and “fly” like Harry Potter. Relax at the cafe, then stroll through 12 acres of beautiful gardens. And how do you end such a day? By having a magical dinner high off the ground in the largest treehouse in Europe. Whether or not you’re a Potter fan, visiting Alnwick Castle with kids is a magical experience for all.
Thousand-year-old Alnwick Castle is the residential home of the Duke of Northumberland and his family. Your child might know it better as the Harry Potter castle, while you might recognize it from Downton Abbey. These and other productions were part of the highly recommended film tour of the castle which our family thoroughly enjoyed. The film tour is one of several free guided tours. The castle also has “flying lessons” for the Harry Potter fans, as well as other interactive role plays for children. It was good value for money, as we were at the castle for 4 hours and still did not see everything.
DIRECTIONS When driving into Alnwick town, the signs for the castle are in abundance, you won't miss it.
Stroll around the 12 acres of well-manicured, beautifully landscaped Alnwick Castle gardens with stunning water features, then have coffee and cold drinks in the cafe. I would say that while The Alnwick Garden is pretty to look at, and the water features are stunning, we would have liked to have spent more time exploring of the castle. However, if gardens are your thing then they are worth a visit. Perhaps if another adult attends the kids, a garden enthusiast could just pop over for a look (and an hour of peace!).
DIRECTIONS The garden is adjacent to the castle, less than a 5-minute walk away. Leave the castle gates and walk back towards the market town and you will find the garden.
The atmosphere, the magical buzz, the staff, the food and the unique venue made this a huge hit with all the family. The restaurant is located in the biggest treehouse in Europe, situated 20 meters (more than 65 feet) off the ground and nestled within branches of stunning lime trees. A thrilling way to gain access to the tree house is via a wooden rope bridge - a hit with children and adults alike! The restaurant offers local produce and is well known for its flawless execution. Our 11-year-old loved that the children’s menu offered smaller portions of the adult menu, since he hates being given “chicken nuggets with chips.” Since I am a vegetarian, my choices were limited, but the chef made something on request.
DIRECTIONS The Treehouse Restaurant is within the grounds of The Alnwick Garden. But you do not need tickets to gain access to the restaurant.