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Discover Northumberland’s weird and wonderful history, from Vikings to wizards, on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Cross the border into North England and follow the causeway to Holy Island to learn about the island’s ancient Christian settlement and notorious Viking invasion. After visiting the hilltop Lindisfarne Castle, head back to the mainland and continue to Alnwick Castle, a magnificent palace with a completely different claim to fame – as a film location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience.


  • 9-hour tour of Holy Island and Alnwick Castle from Edinburgh
  • Cross the border into the north England county of Northumberland
  • Hear stories of early Christian settlers and Viking invasions on a tour of Holy Island
  • Enjoy dramatic coastal views from Lindisfarne Castle
  • See film locations from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey at Alnwick Castle
  • Travel by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Holy Island

Customer Reviews

Diana L M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The castle gardens, grounds, and interior were wonderful even for non-Potter fans. Holy Island, the church, ruins, and village were amazing! Time is always a factor when you want to see everything, but this was a well-planned trip. I highly recommend it!

Marc L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Felt like the Viking Coast part was nice - beautiful little village, very touristy. Interesting church/ cemetary. Would not rush to go back there. No discussion by our guide Helen of the Viking aspect of the stop..

Ainwick castle was beyond spectacular. Fantastic tour on grounds, Harry Potter, Downton fans will love it...Regarding Potter, need to be there for the Quiddich training, which is pretty much for kids 8 and younger.

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enjoyable tour - a lot of driving though. Alnwick Castle would appeal especially to Harry Potter fans. Great guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

we had a wonderful experience. The bus stop was easy to find, the staff were exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. the bus was clean and comfortable!

Would use this service and tour group again!

Jennifer E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful day out. Weather was perfect and Lindisfarne was superb

Karen S D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was great! Angela was a wonderful guide.....Recommend it!

Claudia E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Ian was a great guide to travell with and the day trip was super

nathan s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the highlights of our 12 day trip to London, Edinburgh and Dublin - Great guide - good tour for the Scott fanily

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour. We had a great tour guide who was very informative. He took us to Holy Island where the Vikings first landed. We got to try mead from Lindesfarne and saw Bamburgh Castle. Afterward, we went to Alnwick Castle and spent about three hours there. The castle had a giant treehouse restaurant, museums, and activities like broomstick training. It was interesting to see where they filmed parts of Harry Potter. All in all, well worth it and I would highly recommend it.

Tobias R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Holy Island and Alnwick Castle are Places to dream. The Tour was great and i recommend this Tour really.

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