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Holy Island & Alnwick Castle Day Trip

Free cancellation up to 7 days before

Discover the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria: explore the ruined castles, quaint villages and wild coastline of North-East England on this day trip from Edinburgh.

Discover the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria: explore the ruined castles, quaint villages and wild coastline of North-East England on this day trip from Edinburgh.

Holy Island & Alnwick Castle Day Trip

On the morning of your activity, after meeting in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, you'll climb aboard your luxury coach and head south - out of Scotland and into northeast England. Your route will take you down the scenic coastal route, allowing you spectacular views over the rugged landscape surrounding you.

The first stop on your tour will be Holy Island, whose history dates back to the 6th century. This island, connected to the picturesque mainland village of Lindisfarne by a tidal causeway, has been a pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages. You'll have the opportunity here to explore the ruins of the Priory, the ancient Castle and sample the famous mead traditionally brewed by monks on the island.

Next, you'll continue south, heading in the direction of Alnwick. As well as being a lively market town, this quaint historic area is home to one of the most incredible buildings in Northumberland, the 11th-century Alnwick Castle. You'll have time here to take a relaxed stroll around the town centre or to explore the Medieval castle complex and its elegant gardens, including the Grand Cascade. You might even recognise the grounds... they were used as a filming location in Harry Potter!

Later, you'll make your way back north, crossing the River Tweed into the tiny historic town of Coldstream, which lies on the English-Scottish border. If there's time, you'll stop at the incredibly well-preserved Flodden Field, the site of the infamous battle of 1513 that ended with the death of James IV, King of Scots

At the end of a magnificent day, you'll return to Edinburgh, where you'll arrive back around 6:15 pm.

Entrance to Castles

This tour doesn't include entrance fees to the castles and gardens so that you have the freedom to tailor your itinerary by choosing which optional extras you'd like to enjoy. On arrival at the attractions, you'll be offered the choice of paying to visit: 

  • Lindisfarne Priory: £6.30 adults, £5.70 concessions, £3.80 children
  • Lindisfarne Castle: £7.30 adults, £3.60 children
  • Alnwick Castle: £12 adults, £6 children
  • Alnwick Gardens: £9.80 adults, £4 children
  • Alnwick Castle & Gardens: £21 adults, £9 children 


Please note that some attractions to not accept credit cards, so we recommend bringing enough cash for the attractions you'd like to visit.

Important Information

The itinerary of this tour is subject to modification based on the tidal timetable at Lindisfarne. On the 24th June and the 10th July it will not be possible to visit Lindisfarne due to the tides, and Bamburgh Castle will be visited instead.

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Adults Seniors over 60 years old Student with valid ID Children between 5 and 16 years old Children under 5
US$ 62.60
US$ 60.20
US$ 60.20
US$ 60.20
not permitted
  • Adults

    US$ 62.60
  • Seniors over 60 years old

    US$ 60.20
  • Student with valid ID

    US$ 60.20
  • Children between 5 and 16 years old

    US$ 60.20
  • Children under 5

    not permitted

* The price varies based on the chosen date

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9 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.



Transport by luxury air–conditioned coach

Not included

Entrance to attractions

Food and drinks

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

Promotes local employment.

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Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 6 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 7 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Ensign Ewart pub.

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