Alnwick Castle and The Border Country - 1 day tour
Alnwick Castle and the Border Country
One day tour
This fantastic tour celebrates history on a grand scale with a visit to Alnwick Castle, the home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years. As a backdrop to Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films, you’ll experience some movie magic too!
East Lothian - enjoy the gently rolling hills and sweeping coastal views
Berwick-upon-Tweed - investigate this fascinating walled border town
Alnwick Castle - discover the exquisite interiors, unrivalled art collections and sprawling gardens
Alnwick - instead of visiting the castle, spend time exploring the cobbled streets of this pleasant market town
Kelso - explore the ruined abbey that dates from 1128
River Tweed - see this magnificent river that flows through the Scottish Borders
Movie locations - Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Greystoke, the legend of Tarzan
Full Tour Itinerary
We leave Edinburgh behind and make our way through the rolling countryside of East Lothian.
There are outstanding coastal views to enjoy before seamlessly crossing the Border to arrive in the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. This thriving town has had a turbulent past, having changed hands between Scotland and England no less than 13 times.
Our first stop is the beautiful coastal town of Bamburgh. This attractive village is dominated by its beautiful 5th Century Bamburgh Castle, once the seat of the Kings of Northumbria.
Bamburgh is also famous for its connections to Grace Darling, a local heroine who rescued five people from a wrecked steamer. She is buried in the towns St Aidan’s Churchyard.
There is so much for us to discover here. Admire the lavishly decorated rooms and beautiful architecture, explore the magnificent gardens or enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in Europe’s largest treehouse!
Later, spend time in the appealing market town of Alnwick before crossing the River Tweed once more and returning back to Scotland.
The last stop of the day is in Coldstream, a historic town that gave its name to the Coldstream Guards, who often participate in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences.
Our journey back to Edinburgh will take us through the Southern Uplands and the Lammermuir Hills.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland and England from your city centre base.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour there is the option to visit
Following the link above will give you more information on this attraction including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
This tour will visit England, do I need a passport?
Scotland and England are part of the United Kingdom so there are no Border formalities and you’ll not need a passport.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat.
We recommend that you and your party arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature unless stated above
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
60 High Street
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 16 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 09 Sep 2023
Highly recommend I would love to visit Alnwick again and spend a leisure time there. Our driver/guide - I think her name is Jada is amazing- approachable and always smilingSiti Syed from Swindon , GB
Rating:(5 /5) 15 Jul 2022
We loved the tour. The guide know loads of historical facts and was also very funny. The little bus wasn't particularly comfortable but we made various stops to take pictures, use toilets and have walks around. I would recommend the tour to my friends!from ,