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Alnwick Castle is a medieval castle and also known as the Windsor of the North as it is the second largest inhabited castle in England. The castle was first erected in 1096 after the Norman conquest but has since been remodelled and renovated a number of times. The Duke of Northumberland and his family, the Percy’s, live in a part of the castle with the remainder being open to the public in the summer months. The castle has been the location for all kinds of films productions and television programmes - most famously taking the starring role of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. It was also used in Robin Hood, prince of Thieves. Alnwick Castle houses luxurious State rooms which are filled with priceless furniture, porcelain and art collections.
Adjacent to the castle is Alnwick Gardens, just ten years ago this site was derelict and forgotten but today the gardens are extremely beautiful and inspiring. It is a formal garden set around a cascading fountain. It is designed for every season and comprises of ornamental and rose gardens, woodland walks and a cherry orchard.