Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast and the Borders Day Tour

Highlights:

~ Kelso
~ The Borders
~ Alnwick Castle
~ Harry Potter
~ Northumberland Coastline
~ River Tweed
~ East Lothian

A fantastic day out to the Scottish Borders and the north of England discovering the magic of Harry Potter and Hogwarts Castle. You also visit Kelso in the heart of the Borders and pass through the historic walled town of Berwick on Tweed, which has changed hands between Scotland and England an incredible 13 times!

This fascinating day out is ideal for fans of Harry Potter, wizardry, magic and those wanting to discover the historic rivalry between Scotland and England as you explore the borderlands.

Alnwick Castle also stars as Brancaster Castle in the Downton Abbey 2014 Christmas special with extensive filming in the spectacular State Rooms.

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £36.00 - £45.00
Concession Prices: £33.00 - £42.00
Departs: 09.30
Returns: 19.00
Departing: Every day (April to October)

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Itinerary

Your day includes time in the Border town of Kelso and the best of the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Cross the border at Coldstream and enjoy lunch and the afternoon at Alnwick Castle and Gardens, scene of Hogwarts Castle in Harry Potter's first 2 movies, before returning to Edinburgh along the dramatic east coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian, passing through the ancient walled town of Berwick upon Tweed

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Exclusions
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance to Alnwick Castle and Gardens and any other attractions on tour.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour.Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

We re very satisfied about our one day tour to Alnwick castle with Catty. Her knowledge of the country, stories and jokes made it very much worthwhile. We ll certainly recommend Rabbies to our friends.
Martin Reeskens - 26/07/2016

Our tour was so good. James was an awesome tour guide. He was funny, energetic, knowledgeable and really really cheerful! He really made the experience for us. Thank you James!
Pookie - 21/06/2016

Looking for scenic photo spots ? Ask Mike. He has many in store.
Sindy Chan - 08/08/2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent tour, led by the excellent tour guide Al, who was fun and full of information. The tour began with a drive through the very picturesque Scottish Borders to the first stop in Melrose. Here we visited the ruins of the once great Abbey and also the gravestone where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried. Soon after leaving the pretty town of Melrose we arrived at the Scotland/England border, which we crossed on foot, walking over the River Tweed Coldstream Bridge (erected 1763-1766). Al then made a special trip, at my request, to visit the Flodden Battlefield and memorial to the thousands who died on 9th September 1513. The next visit was to Alnwick, where we had several hours to have lunch and visit themagnificent Norman Castle, stately home and filming site of 2 Harry Potter movies. On the way back to Edinburgh we made a short stop in Berwick and then in Dunbar to see the ruins of the Castle which has connections to Mary Queen of Scots. Overall this is an excellent tour for those who love Scottish history, Castles and beautiful countryside.
Helen Lang - 13/07/2012

Highly recommendable day trip - especially with such a competent tour guide as ours: Eric, the Bloodaxe of Viking origins :)) - I did the trip together with my daughers (16 and almost 14) and we all thoroughly enjoyed each stop, the fantastic landscape as well as Eric's singing talent!
Heifriebel - 09/04/2012

Traveller Photos

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Alwick Castle 1 day tour by Murali Ramaswamy

Alwick Castle 1 day tour by Murali Ramaswamy

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The Sultan 2 by Alyafei

The Sultan 2 by Alyafei

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borders tours by Robert Dunn

borders tours by Robert Dunn

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Best Day Out Ever by Robert Atkinson

Best Day Out Ever by Robert Atkinson

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Berwick old bridge by Sindy Chan

Berwick old bridge by Sindy Chan

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A great tour! by Helen Lang

A great tour! by Helen Lang

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Full Itinerary (English)

A day spent in the Borderlands of Scotland and England. Our tour follows the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders.

Stopping in the Borders town of Kelso, you can explore this handsome town with what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You will also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, one of the reminders of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England.

Continuing South you will cross the border and travel to imposing Alnwick Castle, one of the great castles of Northumberland that has stood for nearly a millenium. Originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish border reivers and invaders, more recently Alnwick Castle and its perfectly manicured gardens have found fame as one of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter movie series.

After almost 3 hours to explore Alnwick Castle you travel north along the Northumberland Coast, one of the UK’s most outstanding area’s of natural beauty. Stopping along the way to admire some of the area’s best known beaches, castles and ancient Border towns.

Continuing north along the rugged coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian you will return to Edinburgh approx. 19.00

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts

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