Unapologetically contemporary, occasionally weird and always inspiring, Alnwick Garden in Northeast England is a must-see. It features a poison garden (home to Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake and even a certain narcotic normally banned in Britain) as well as a bamboo labyrinth and a treehouse restaurant. It’s pretty intoxicating even for those who wouldn’t know a Sweet Pea from a spade. While you’re there, don’t miss Alnwick Castle, the medieval fortress used as a backdrop for the Harry Potter films, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Downton Abbey. Alnwick Poison Garden contains plants from around the world renowned for their deadly properties. The treehouse is home to wobbly rope bridges, treetop walkways and a highly regarded restaurant serving delicious local dishes. Every half hour the water in the Grand Cascade leaps to life to create a dancing display formed by carefully choreographed jets. Alnwick Castle is home to works of art by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck as well as magnificent state rooms and more.
5 amazing Alnwick Castle and Garden facts
- The treetop restaurant is one of the world's largest treehouses
- The Grand Cascade is the largest water feature of its kind in England
- Alnwick Castle became Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- The 2014 Downton Abbey Christmas special was filmed at Alwnick Castle
- There has been a castle on the site for more than 1,000 years
[map] Buy your tickets to Alnwick Castle and Garden before you travel.