Holy Island, Bamburgh & Alnwick Castle Tour
This one day tour 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. Departs Tuesdays & Fridays, April-October from Edinburgh.
Highlights: Lindisfarne Island, Bamburgh, Alnwick Castle and gardens, Coldstream, Flodden Battlefield
Our first stop is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, connected to the mainland by a modern causeway which leads travellers into the attractive island village from where there are stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle, (dating back to 1550) which sits on the highest point of the island. A shuttle bus takes castle visitors to and from the centre of the village, where you can spend time exploring, wander through the ruins of its Priory where the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, sample some world-famous Lindisfarne ‘Mead’ brewed by Monks on the island, or simply enjoy the tranquillity and beauty which makes this island an open history book.
We continue south by the pretty coastal village of Bamburgh, 'Ancient Capital of Northumbria,' overlooked by its imposing castle, travelling inland to the bustling market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle. Enjoy time at leisure 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', full of family treasures. 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.
Lindisfarne Castle & shuttle bus, Alnwick Castle entry*, Alnwick Garden entry
*Alnwick Castle interior closed in October, an alternative will be offered. Please note that the tour routing and availability is subject to the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne, which may occasionally result in the tour having to run in reverse
PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.
Min Age5 years
Tour Vehicle TypeMini Coach
Departure PointGreen Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.
Departure TimeDeparts: 08.45 (please arrive 15mins prior to departure time)
Expected return Time18:15
Duration of TourFull Day
Months of OperationApril, May, June, July, August, September, October
Rates & Dates
|Ticket Price (Per Person )|
|Standard Tour Ticket||Discount Tour Ticket|
|Tuesdays and Fridays from April to October
Timberbush Tours offer a discount for children between 5 and 16 years, students (you must show your student card) and seniors (adults 60 years old and over).
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