Day trip

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours
Day trip

From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From US$ 63.84 per person

Take a scenic, coastal route into the Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and explore the medieval market town of Alnwick's stunning castle and gardens.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle, known as the "Windsor of the North".
  • Sample the famous 'Lindisfarne Mead', brewed by the monks on Holy Island.
  • Experience the Grand Cascada at Alnwick Gardens and their poison gardens!
Full description

Join a day trip from Edinburgh to the medieval kingdom of Northumbria in North-East England. Visit Lindisfarne, once the most important center of religious learning in the British Isles. Explore the market town of Alnwick and its castle where scenes from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed.

Meet your guide, hop on a bus, and make your way to your first stop, Holy Island, connected to the mainland by a causeway that leads into the quaint island village of Lindisfarne. Soak in stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle dating back to 1550.

Spend time wandering through the ruins of its Priory where the Lindisfarne Gospels were produced. Sample some of the world-famous Lindisfarne ‘mead’ brewed by monks on the island, and enjoy the tranquility for which the island is renowned. Continue south passing Bamburgh, the ancient capital of Northumbria, then on to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle. Enjoy time in the town center or visit the castle complex which was home to the Percy Family for over 700 years.

If you decide to visit the castle, step into the unexpected in the Alnwick Garden with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in the TV series Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films. In the mid-afternoon, begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed and back into Scotland at the historic border town of Coldstream. If time permits, stop at Flodden Field, the scene of the infamous battle of 1513, which ended in victory for the English and the death of James IV, King of Scots.

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned bus
  • Driver-guide
  • Live commentary
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

You can find the Edinburgh departure and return point outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE. There is currently a shortage of taxis and private hire cabs in Edinburgh, which may make it harder to get to the departure point if you're thinking of using a taxi. It is strongly recommended that you allow for more time to reach the departure point in the morning and look into public transport options as a backup.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The tour routing and availability are subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. This occasionally results in the tour having to run in reverse
  • Unfortunately children under 4 years old are not permitted on this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 288 reviews

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Our driver cum guide, Nestor, an enthusiastic biological scientist, kept us regaled throughout the day, informing us of a vast array of interesting aspects about Scotland, the sights we visited and kept all of us engaged with his interactivity, ready willingness to answer questions and quiz us on interesting facts.

October 23, 2022

Visiting Lindisfarne, Northumbria and Alnwick Castle is indescribable in itself, but having Paul Henderson as your guide was a special adventure! With his dedication and incredible knowledge he accompanied us on this journey, delighting us with goodies from a true Harry Potter fan and local history expert. A truly priceless immersive experience, which we will always carry in our hearts and which Paul helped make special. Always stay as you are and keep going, you're on the right track! Thanks Timberbush Tours, thanks Paul!

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October 21, 2022

We had a fantastic day! We really enjoyed both stops. Our guide, Nestor, was full of information and shared many stories about the region that made the trip really special. I especially enjoyed the Scottish and Northumberland music he introduced us to on the journey. In Alnwick we had plenty of time to tour the castle and for lunch at a cute pub in town. 5 stars!

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October 2, 2022

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