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From Edinburgh: Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Day Tour

4.7 / 5

22 reviews

From Edinburgh: Alnwick Castle and Scottish Borders Day Tour

From US$ 64.84 per person

Cross the Scottish border into England on this full-day excursion that departs from Edinburgh. Admire the beautiful scenery of the Borders and explore magnificent Alnwick Castle and its gardens.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Cross the Scottish border to reach England
  • See Melrose Abbey, one of the most beautiful ruins in Europe
  • Explore Alnwick Castle, the 2nd-largest inhabited castle in England
Full description
Your full-day tour begins in Edinburgh and continues further south through the Scottish Borders, where you’ll stop at Melrose Abbey. This is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ruins in Europe. The heart of Robert the Bruce is said to be buried at the Abbey, which is also the final resting place of a number of other Scottish Kings. From here it's on to England, where you'll have lots of time to explore the tour’s main attraction, Alnwick Castle. Alnwick is the 2nd-largest inhabited castle in England, having been lived in for over 700 years. It’s filled with fascinating things to see and mysteries to uncover. You may recognize it as a location from some of the Harry Potter films.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present a negative rapid test taken on the same day of the activity

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Meeting point

1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Caffe Nero, Royal Mile

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What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Food and drinks are not included in this tour, please bring cash for lunch
  • Entrance fees to the locations visited are not included in the cost of this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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I had Steven (B) as my guide. He told us a lot about the history of the country, brought us closer to the music and relaxed the trip. Melrose Abbey was very interesting, but the main attraction was the castle and gardens. We had enough time to visit both. I would do this tour again anytime.

September 27, 2019

Brilliant!

Great guide and great tour! Very beautiful landscape and a great insight of the Scottish history. As for the price, the group gets a discount for both the abbey and the castle. The abbey isn't worth the money (around 5 pounds per person) The castle is 11 pounds per person if you do not visit the garden.

August 21, 2016

We enjoyed our tour of Melrose Abbey and Alnwick Castle very much.

Being huge Harry Potter fans, we were very anxious to see Alnwick castle and it did not disappoint. We spent the day touring the gardens and castle at Alnwick, the hauntingly beautiful Melrose Abbey, Bamburgh Castle, the Tweed River Bridge and a few other places. Our guide was Gary and we had a lot of fun listening to his many stories about Scotland & England, the monarchs, wars, the castles and the history of the area. We learned a lot and enjoyed his stories told with humour and passion for the country. Gary was great to answer our questions and willing to stop for photos along the way. We had a very full, interesting and fun day and were very glad we had signed up. Thanks for the great day Gary.

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May 13, 2016

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