Alnwick castle is the ancestral home of the powerful Percy family. It was used as a set for Robin of Sherwood, and other films, including Harry Potter.
The most renowned of the Percys was Harry Hotspur, who supported Henry Bolingbroke when he usurped the throne of Richard II, then turned against Bolingbroke, was defeated and killed in battle.
We were able to walk on a small part of the battlements (left).
View from the castle.
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photographs of the interior of the castle. The state rooms are sumptuous, with beautiful furnishings, ceilings, and silk on the walls. There was an interesting collection of ancient artifacts collected by the Percy family, including pottery, weapons and jewelry.