I came to the castle with a large group of co-workers for a fun and adventurous weekend.
Our first night the sky was clear and with no light pollution the stars were just incredible.
The apartments we stayed in were off to the left side of the castle (the 'newer' bit) which was very basic but comfortable - the heaters were a blessing because it was February and VERY cold.
The castle is really impressive and has not been modernised a great deal which adds to the atmosphere in there.
Lots to see, plenty to experience. The gardens and grounds were a feast for the eyes.
We went on a ghost tour which was more informative than enlightening but the tour guide knew his stuff about the grisly goings-on through history and most of it is pretty horrific.We didn't see any ghosts or unexplained wossnames but it was entertaining but oh my God the rooms on the tour are SO cold at this time of year - no-one can overstate how important it is to wrap up. Whatever you think will be enough add another layer. A scarf will be handy too.
The atmosphere if really friendly and informal too.
Access to the surrounding countryside is limited so a car is a big help. We were in a fairly large group so we ponied up the money for a minibus to take us to Alnwick which is a very nice, well kept town with a good wodge of history - plus they filmed some scenes from Harry Potter at the Alnwick Castle.....
Top tip: If you're tall like me (6' 4") make sure you duck going through the doors in the castle itself - I almost knocked myself out on one doorway, serves me right for not watching where I was going.
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