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Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & the Kingdom of Northumbria

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1 Day tour
From: 8:45am - 6:15pm

Accommodation is payable on arrival

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Our one day tour from Edinburgh takes the scenic coastal route south into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England; once the most important centre of religious learning and arts in the British Isles. Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick and its stunning castle.

Visit Alnwick Castle, as featured in Harry Potter & Downton Abbey

Our first stop is Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway which leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne, from where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle, (which dates back to 1550). Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne 'Mead' brewed by Monks on the island, and enjoy the tranquillity for which the island is renowned.

We continue south on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle*. Enjoy time in the town centre or remain at the castle complex where there is something for everyone. Home of the Percy Family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”. Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden, with its wonderful Grand Cascade and Poison Gardens. It's grounds were also used in the Harry Potter films.

In the mid-afternoon we begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed into the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits during this journey there will be a stop at Flodden Field, one of the best preserved battlefields in Northern Europe and scene of the infamous battle of 1513 which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.

Please note:
The Holy Island will be inaccessible due to high tide on the following dates:
26th September, 25th October and 27th October

Tour Overview

Duration9hrs 30mins
Total Distance167 miles
Pick upOutside Green Ensign Ewart Pub, Edinburgh at 8:45am
Group sizeSmall Groups
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 4 years-old

A couple of things To know

  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Children under 4
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
Very successful day out!
“Everything was very well organised, Paul our driver was so knowledgeable about everything with his commentary and occasional music interludes! He was pleasant and helpful. To visit these places on public transport would be difficult. The minibus was excellent.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

View a map of our departure point.

You can also find us by Edinburgh Public Transport

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your one day tour from Edinburgh includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury, modern, air-conditioned coaches.

All optional extras - attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drinks, etc - are not included in the price of your tour. We will provide a link when you have booked your tour to allow you to pre-book any optional extra you wish for your tour.

Optional extras for your tour (From April 2021) are as follows:

  • Alnwick Castle: £18.50 adults, £9.75 children (from 16th May onwards)
  • Alnwick Gardens: £14.30 adults, £12.65 concessions, £5.50 children
  • Lindisfarne Priory: To be confirmed
Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

Due to Covid-19, visitor attractions throughout England and Scotland have asked us to book tickets in advance so they can manage their capacity safely.

For this reason, we must now ask our customers who would like to visit an attraction to kindly pre-book their entry tickets through our online booking portal. The link for this will be in your confirmation email.

If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 07.30 - 18.00 daily.

Please note entry tickets to Alnwick Castle are non-refundable.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.
You'll find a digital translation of your tour through a link on your confirmation email.

Digital translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
What should I bring with me?

Please do bring a face covering with you. Hand sanitiser will be provided on board the coach, but you may wish to bring your own too.

As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 4 years old on our tours, and children aged between 4-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 4.

Will I get to see the Harry Potter Castle?

Of course! Your one day tour from Edinburgh visits Alnwick Castle, which features in the Harry Potter films, where we will stop for lunch and to explore its grounds.

Alnwick Castle has also featured in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and also popular British comedy series 'Blackadder'.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!