For you Harry Potter fans, here is what “Hogwarts” really looks like! Being a major tourist destination, it’s pretty much impossible to get a photo of Alnwick Castle without people in the foreground (BTW, I learned from Tom, our awesome host at the Greycroft B&B that the town is pronounced “Annick….kinda like Panic”.
While we were there, Harry Potter characters were doing a skit, as well as other actors giving broomstick riding lessons. It’s a really fun place to visit. It is still a lived-in castle after 700+ years by the Percy family, Duke of Northumberland (if you are English and are cringing right now because I labeled this incorrectly, please do let me know!!) Visiting the interior (no pictures allowed – darn!!), the rooms are scattered with ancient portraits which have current family framed photos on tables just below. It is quite the contrast in the past and present.