Alnwick Castle in Beautiful Northumberland
The current Duke of Northumberland and his family (the Percy Family) live in Alnwick Castle, but only occupy part of it, and has been renovated by the present Duchess. The Alnwick castle is only open to the public throughout the summer. but still attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Parts of The castle have been used by various educational establishments since the Second World War, Firstly, by the Newcastle Church High School for Girls then from 1945 to 1977 as Alnwick College of Education, a teacher training college. The Castle has also been used as a stand in for the exterior and interior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, as a result led to an increase in public interest with the town of Alnwick. Its appearance in the films has helped shape public imagination regarding what castles should look like. Its condition contrasts with the vast majority of castles in the country which are ruinous and not fit for habitation.
It is recognised as one of the earliest castles in England to be built without a square keep. There are towers at regular intervals along the walls and also Stable and service yards adjoin the castle. These would not have existed when the castle still had a military function.
Alnwick Castle has two parks. Immediately to the north of the castle is a relatively small park straddling the River Aln , known locally as The Pastures. Nearby is the much larger Hulne Park, which contains the remains of Hulne Priory..
The castle is in good repair and used for many purposes. and host many events during the year.
It provides a home for the present Duke and family and offices for Northumberland Estates, which manages the Duke’s extensive farming and property holdings.
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