Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Exploring Northumberland // Alnwick Garden Pt.1


The Alnwick Garden is pretty darn famous, or at least in the North of England it is. As you can probably guess it is a contemporary, 'formal' British garden or set of gardens, within the grounds of the iconic Alnwick castle (you know, that has played host to the likes of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey filming?!).
It's a very popular place for a day out for people in Northumberland particular, though I know people come from all over to witness the various things to explore. Jake and I decided to spend our 4th anniversary at the gardens and so on the 4th of September we took the bus down the road and was there pretty much for opening. 
In the photo above you see the view that greets you. The Grand Cascade. 
However, we took so many photos and so much video footage that there is far too much to include in just one post. Below you will see photos from The Grand Cascade, The Serpent Garden and The Ornamental Garden so look out for the 2nd part of this with lots more photos from elsewhere in the gardens. 










We were pretty darn lucky that our visit was on a Friday (meaning kids were at school mwhahahaha) and with arriving so early it was still super quiet. Though messing around in the water features is probably more for children we definitely had a hoot with them and Jake loved playing around with the GoPro in the water too. 
When we got to the top of the Cascade and entered the Ornamental Gardens that is when I realize there were actually other people there that day haha, I suppose it must be one of the more popular areas, though I can understand why.
I can't really describe it, because it is overly beautiful, so I'll let you just see for yourself...











Those last two photos are obviously of the Grand Cascade aswell. We waited forever for the fountains to go off and it was evident that we weren't the only ones as a few others clutching DSLRs ran towards them when I did haha. 
I just want to take the time to say that I know some of the photos aren't the best, I was trying to enjoy my day with Jake rather than waste time faffing with settings etc. I hope you enjoyed them anyway and as I say there will be a part 2 in the coming weeks. 


Let me know if you've visited these gardens and what you thought in the comments!



22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! One of Simon's friends is getting married next year and they've just booked Alnwick Garden for the wedding - I am SO excited!!

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    1. Thank you! Oh wow - that will be completely magical!!! I hope I get to see some photos if you take any!

      xo

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  2. Beautiful shots here Danielle, I must visit this place at some point, it looks stunning! I love that shot of with your arms spread wide and all of these bee photos are adorable. - Tasha

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    1. It's a great day out with family or friends. Plenty places to have a picnic or there is a cafe too. Jake took that on the GoPro :) Thank you very much!

      xo

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  3. Lovely photos, this looks like such a magical place. I love the frog prince statue!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. Thank you! Oh it is. Me too!! It seems to be a new addition since my last visit (quite a few years ago!). So cute!

      xo

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  4. Goooorgeous photos, what a beautiful place! <3
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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    1. Aw thanks so much Vicki! It's stunning eh?! Wish it was my backgarden ;)

      xo

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  5. So pretty! I love the symmetry and the cool angles in some of the shots.

    Hollie | hollieshighlights.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Hey! these photos are great, I love that one of the bee and the one below it. Definitely my kind of place :)

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    1. Thank you! I knew you'd like it! I think you'll like what's included in part 2 even more!

      xo

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  7. Looks beautiful! I love the little frog prince and the look of that green walkway!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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    1. It's amazing. I just wish it was my garden haha :)

      xo

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  8. You visit the most pretty places! I love the photo of you in the water feature haha! All of these photos are gorgeous, I'd love to visit here! xx

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    1. I live in a pretty awesome area :) Thank you haha!! You and Dan should have a holiday in Northumberland ;)

      xo

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  9. I love Alnwick! I really hoped we would go back there this summer but we left home too late to get there so we went to Barter Books instead!x

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    1. Is it bad that I'm still yet to visit Barter Books? I really need to take a trip...

      xo

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  10. Wow this place looks so stunning! It's so nice that you got to capture the last litte bit of summer with all the flowers and the bees. Your pictures are beautiful! I've never heard of Alnwick garden but then again I've never been to Northumberland either!
    Deimante x
    http://www.sunnydei.com/

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    1. Isn't it fab?! We really did strike it lucky with a beautiful day! Thank you so much :) You really must take a trip to Northumberland at least once in your life ;)

      xo

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  11. Beautiful day for your visit, aren't the gardens stunning?! Lovely photos...you look like a blissfully happy kid in the vortex thing; cool! :) x

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    1. We were lucky that it stayed so nice and mild! Thank you! We had a lot of fun as it's not often we get to go anywhere without Baker. I don't mean that in a bad way obviously but dogs aren't allowed in so many places!

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