Any guesses who we went to see? ;-) It was an amazing experience, something I have dreamed of doing since I was a teenager :-)
We also spent a (mostly) dry day exploring Alnwick castle and gardens which has been used in many film & television productions, possibly most famously as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.
Overall the castle was very interesting with a lot of history to learn about (it has been in the same family for over 700 years and is still their home in the winter).
I want one of these signs!!! I think maybe I need to cross stitch just the last part for our house to hang near Kryst? ;)
Despite the overcast day & the rain never being far away the gardens were just beautiful...
There were a lot of different water features...
...a poison garden complete with witches hut at the entrance -As the guide pointed out health and safety wouldn't allow visitors to enter the hut because of the fire, yet we were allowed on a guided tour up close & personal with some of the deadliest plants on the planet! Go figure!! Rather appropriately one of the plants they are growing is Mandragora ;) Daughter's inner nerd was freaking out some more but thankfully she felt no inclination to pull it up & see what was lurking beneath the soil!
There was also a huge treehouse which houses a restaurant amongst it's rooms and walkways.
Next to the obligatory gift shop is a plant center where they sell many of the plants you can see in the gardens here, so I brought a little part of Alnwick home with us ;) We all had a great day here so even if you have no interest in the Harry Potter side to this place I think it is well worth a visit.
Well it is currently dry outside so I think it's time I went & did some jobs in our garden, thank you for dropping by today - have a great weekend whatever you are doing!