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Holiday. 2, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland





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.


 

The barbican is original.

 

An arrow slit.


 





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.

Comments

rusty_armour
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Oooooh! AWESOME pictures of Alnwick Castle! That statue of Harry Hotspur wasn't there when I visited the castle, unless I somehow missed it. That seems impossible considering that I took a picture of just about everything I could. *g*

The state rooms really are something, aren't they? Did you see the library? I was really impressed by that.
karen9
Sep. 1st, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
Yes, the state rooms are splendid, and the library is impressive.

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