• Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria Tour

    Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria Tour

    1 day excursion from Edinburgh that travels south to Northern England and the wonderful Lindisfarne, Alnwick. Medieaval England brought to life and a dream for Potterites

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1 Day Holy Island, Alnwick Castle Tour

1 day tour 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. Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays, April-October from Edinburgh.

  • Alnwick Castle & Gardens
  • Holy Island of Lindisfarne
  • Flodden Field Battlefield

Lindisfarne Island, Bamburgh, Alnwick Castle and gardens, Coldstream, Flodden Battlefield

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This tour operates on: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

The first stop is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, (1) which is connected to the mainland by a modern causeway which leads travellers into the 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 to the busy market town of Alnwick, whose greatest building is the medieval Alnwick Castle (3). Enjoy time in the town centre or visit the castle complex where there is something for everyone. The castle has been home to the Percy Family for over 700 years. Alnwick Castle is considered one of the finest castles in England and is proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”. Visitors can step into the unexpected in the spectacular Alnwick Garden* with its Grand Cascade fountain and Poison Gardens. The castle grounds were also used in the Harry Potter films and TV series Downton Abbey.

In the mid-afternoon we begin the drive north to cross the River Tweed into the historic border town of Coldstream. (4) 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: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.


Optional Extras

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

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 5+
  • Min Age: 5 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Months of Operation: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: Full Day
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: Green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.
  • Departure Time: Departs: 08.45 (please arrive 15mins prior to departure time)
  • Expected return Time: 18:15
  • Duration of Tour: Full Day

Rates & Dates

  Standard Tour Ticket Discount Tour Ticket
Tuesdays and Fridays from April to October
£40.00 £38.00

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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