Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Our 5th Anniversary


On September 4th Jake and I celebrated 5 years of being together without strangling each other. Yay, go us! What with Jake working shifts and having a dog (I don't leave my dog alone much) we rarely get to spend any quality time together, so when it comes to special occasions such as this we like to go somewhere or do something. 
To avoid any kids or crowds we decided to wait until Monday the 5th for our day away and Mam came to dogsit Baker B, while we hopped on the bus and headed to Alnwick Castle!
Long time followers might remember that for last year's anniversary we actually went to Alnwick Gardens and had the most magical time. I'll link those posts at the end of this one and hope you check them out, as we got some lovely photos - if I do say so myself.
Anyways, in my 25 years of living in Northumberland, I had never been to the castle so we went for it. 


Spoiler alert - overall we were a tiny bit disappointed. The castle itself is a stunning building and the interiors are even more 'wow', though I was pretty gutted not to be allowed to photograph anything. If you weren't aware, Alnwick Castle is also a popular film location having had scenes from the first few Harry Potter movies shot there, some episodes of the wonderful Downton Abbey and most recently (late September this year) next year's Transformers movie was filming there. Despite all this, I just found there wasn't as much to see/experience as we expected, making the 2-hour-ish visit not completely worth the entrance fee, Your ticket can be validated meaning you get to use it for a full year but unless there was some major changes or something other than events for children on, a repeat visit doesn't seem necessary.
The inside of the castle was by far my favorite and I am still annoyed that I couldn't have some photos of the deep blue, high vaulted ceiling scattered with glittering gold stars in the chapel, or the perfectly presented place settings in the dining room that was all laid as it was for Downton Abbey. There were also some costume pieces from Downton, impressive stairs lined in thick red carpet and looked upon by incredible portraits as well as an entry hall in which the walls were adorned with hundreds, if not thousands, of muskets and the like. You really do have to see it all to understand it's beauty. Check out the website where there are a couple of gorgeous photos.


I'll admit they did have a tour on at 11.30 but when we spotted a certain family who's toddler had been causing havoc were lined up I said to Jake I'd rather not! haha We then headed for The Duke's Museum. Jake (I think anyway) and I love a museum, artifacts, archeology and all of that jazz so this part was enjoyable too. At this point I knew I wasn't doing a post about Alnwick Castle so didn't take so many photos and just made the most of looking around. These parts were up some totally steep spiral staircases which wrecked my knees so warning to others with problem joints/arthritis!
Lastly, The Fusiliers Museum. The website describes it, ''This museum tells the story of the Northumberland Fusiliers, an infantry regiment, and their unbroken record of service from 1674 to the present day.'' and we really, really enjoyed it. They had immortalized two important dogs who died in service so obviously, I was aww-ing over those.

As the castle exploring didn't take as long as we'd expected (we were in the gardens for a good 4/5 hours) we were going to go for a meal but like last time realized there weren't any options for me. That lead to a quick look in Barter Books, a haul of rubbish food in Wilkinsons and then the bus home for a takeaway! That last photo shows the absolute best part of my day when the farmers were moving the cows to a different field and we were stuck in 1st gear for about 2 miles. Everyone else was peeved but I was loving it haha.

Check out the posts I mentioned from Alnwick Gardens below! -


16 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary! x

    The castle looks lovely and I think it's a must see. Free return visits seem like a great idea, but unless the visitors are local, is unlikely anybody would take advantage of the offer.

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    1. Thank you!
      Very true. I know many people over Northumberland do go back over the year when different things are on, but it is more so for children the activities.

      xo

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  2. First, Happy (late) Anniversary!! 5 years is a huge milestone :)
    Second, I want to explore a castle SO bad!! It's definitely something on my bucket list. That really sucks that you weren't allowed any pictures. I would have loved to see them.

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Thank you! Tell me about it, it feels like an eternity haha.
      We have a lot of wonderful castles here! One of the main reasons there was no photos was because this castle is still technically a family home and has a lot of family belongings around.

      xo

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  3. Happy 5th Year Anniversary to you both! I've long wanted to visit Alnwick Castle so I must go at some point. I love history and archaeology, like you, so this looks ideal. I didn't know it was the site for so many different filming projects too, that's so cool! I love your Hufflepuff top here and the shot of you wearing that hat. I love it when there are props you can use, it makes the day much better. Glad you had a good time, even if there wasn't much to see, the photos are lovely. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you :)
      It is worth a visit but I think if people are travelling you'd be best getting the double ticket for the castle and gardens.

      xo

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  4. Happy Anniversary!! I'd still want to go check it out for the Harry Potter fan in me - but I always find these castles are overpriced for entrance fees! :) Tania Michele xx

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    1. Thank you. Yeah it was disappointing that there wasn't more to do with Harry Potter, the gift shop was full of the official merch though haha.

      xo

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  5. Ahh, it's kind of annoying when places don't allow photos! Weirdly, I've also been to places that allow photos, but don't allow video which I think is a little weird.

    I do love the castle though, it's a gorgeous building!

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    1. Right?! Uh that is strange.

      I think you and Kris would like the gardens!

      xo

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  6. Happy Anniversary!
    We really liked Alnwick Castle but I guess we went with the kids who had a bunch of activities to do... and generally if they're happy, I'm happy (cos it means I get to sit down quietly while they make wands or whatever...!) I do love castles though :D

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    1. Thanks!
      Yeah I definitely think the activities and everything are brilliant for families but after exploring the castle etc, there wasn't much for us!

      xo

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  7. Happy belated anniversary! Exploring the castle sounds like a lovely way to spend your anniversary - although it's a shame there wasn't as much to do there as hoped! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you! Castles are always good, and stately homes haha. Hopefully we'll have a car again by next anniversary and can get to some other castles etc that we've wanted to see but can't be reached by bus.

      xo

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  8. Happy five years together! It sounds like it turned out a lovely day, even if the castle was a little disappointing. Great photos here! (And I like the one of you in the hat!)

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    1. Thanks so much! It was yeah :) Thank you!

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