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We have selected three superb destinations for you to choose from: Alnwick Castle & Garden,  Dumfries House and Drumlanrig Castle.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle & Garden

Dumfries House

Dumfries House

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle

These trips differ from our regular tours in that we only go to the one place for the day, rather than touring around an area and visiting several different places. This is due to two main considerations: firstly, the driving time it takes to reach the destination, and secondly, you will undoubtedly want to spend as much time as possible at the destination itself, enjoying the facilities there to the full.

 

  Alnwick Castle & Garden

Alnwick Castle is in Northumberland, in north-east England, and is the residence of the Duke of Northunberland. The castle itself is a very impressive fortress-like structure and is full of beautiful interiors containing breathtaking artworks, wonderful furniture, collections of lovely ceramics, the list goes on. The Garden at Alnwick covers a large area and is beautifully planted, with lots to see including a huge cascading water feature. Scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed at Alnwick Castle, which doubled as Hogwarts, and the Harry Potter connection is maintained through daily tours and performances by lookalike actors.

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Journey time approx 2 hrs

 

 

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Alnwick Castle & Garden Web Album

  

Alnwick Castle & Garden

 

 

  Dumfries House

Dumfries House, in south-west Scotland, was once the home of the Earls of Dumfries, and is famous for its collection of original Thomas Chippendale furniture. The house has only been open to the public for a short while, and was saved for the nation by Prince Charles, who stepped in at the 11th hour when the house and contents were put up for sale by its owner, the Marquis of Bute. Christie’s had published the sale catalogue and the removal vans were literally waiting outside! The house and its furnishings have now been beautifully restored, and they look in as good a condition as when the house was newly built.

The whole estate surrounding the house is also a delight to wander around, with several  architectural features, many mature trees and various different garden areas to be enjoyed.

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Journey time approx 1 hr 45 mins

 

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Dumfries House Web Album

Dumfries House
exterior & grounds
 

Link to Architectural Digest magazine article

Dumfries House
interiors
 

 

  Drumlanrig Castle

Magnificent Drumlanrig Castle, in Dumfries & Galloway, is the home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.  Known as the Pink Palace, because of the colour of the sandstone it is built from, the impressive exterior is complemented by the magnificent interior, with its grand reception rooms, magnificent staircases, ornate period features and cosy parlours. The exquisite rooms themselves are home to stunning paintings, tapestries and objects d’art and many pieces from the internationally acclaimed Buccleuch Art Collection.

Outside, you can walk around the extensive grounds and admire the lovely gardens surrounding the house which feature beautifully planted flower beds.

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Journey time approx 1 hr 45 mins

 

 

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Drumlanrig Castle
 

The heavily fortified entrance to Alnwick Castle

Entrance to Alnwick Castle

During the summer actors portray characters from Harry Potter at Alnwick Castle

Watching Harry Potter lookalikes perform

The cascading water feature in Alnwick Garden

The Water Feature at Alnwick Garden

The Tree House at Alnwick Garden is huge and contains a restaurant and rope walkway

The Tree House at Alnwick Garden

Photograph with kind permission of The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust

Dumfries House

Dumfries House showing Mahfouz Fountain

Dumfries House

Drumlanrig Castle Front

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle west elevation

Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

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