Alnwick Castle & Gardens
The Borders has more than its fair share of Dukes; this time, the Duke of Northumberland's home, Alnwick. Harry Potter fans, this is it! The location of Hogwarts School and many a quidditch championship. I often imagine the cast of the films having a great time exploring the water gardens, the poisons garden, and the treehouse. Need a spell to get up there? "Wingardium leviosa," as Hermione Granger might say. (58.9 miles)
Almost on our doorstep, in the town of Melrose at the foot of the Eildons, Melrose Abbey and the Roman exhibition are very interesting. The heart of Robert the Bruce is interred within the grounds. Watch out for the bagpipe playing pig in the masonry. Seriously! Combine it with a visit to the Harmony Garden, Priorwood Garden, and perhaps the Roman fort of Trimontium. (2.7 miles)
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