England - Harry Potter, Holy Island and Jack Daniels

Question: What does Harry Potter, Holy Island and Jack Daniels have in Common?

Answer: We were able to visit them while staying in Sea Houses.

Ok, for most of us, we would shake our head and wonder “Where in the world is Sea Houses”? I didn’t know where I was or “it” was until I went into the village tourist office, however it was our first stop after picking up the car.

Sea Houses is a very little town on the sea with houses... tee hee hee.

Ok, for those of you who would like more details, Sea Houses is on the north east coast of England in the English area called Northumberland near the Scottish Borders region of Scotland.  It use to be a vigorous fishing village now it is a small port tourist community.


Sea Houses, England

In front of our B & B looking toward Sea Houses, the village.
In front of our B & B looking toward Sea Houses, the village.
The harbor when the tide is in...
The harbor when the tide is in...
Tide out...
Tide out...
Sunset with a view of Bamburgh Castle in the distance.
Sunset with a view of Bamburgh Castle in the distance.

I love tourist office’s, it was here were we were introduced us to HOLY ISLAND of Lindisfarne - the woman at the desk said that this was the first place that Christianity had a formal foothold in the English Islands.

That information in itself wasn’t too interesting to us, then she told us about the tides and being swept out to sea... hmmm a bit more interesting. But when she said there were ruins, a castle and sheep we were sold.

She looked at the tide chart and said the tides were changing at 6 PM and we could stay until 10 PM...hmmm, maybe not. It was our first day driving and we would have to drive home in the dark on the left side of the road trying not to be swept out to sea towards an unknown destination...

Then she said we could cross in the morning around 9am and have until noon - that seemed like the better option... so what to do tonight?

We had past this amazing castle sitting on a bluff over looking the sea on the way into town and it was only a 5 minute drive - Huston, we have a plan - we could explore Bamburgh Castle, the village of Bamburgh and then drive back to our B&B, get a pint and diner...

Bamburgh Castle

Sneaking up to the castle the back way.
Sneaking up to the castle the back way.
Getting Closer
Getting Closer
Ok, we conquered it and are back in the village.
Ok, we conquered it and are back in the village.
Slurp, thirsty after the challenge of it all.
Slurp, thirsty after the challenge of it all.

Chillingham Castle

Oh wait, we still have a little daylight left and there is one more castle to see, Chillingham Castle.

It was getting dark when we arrived, we didn’t stay very long - it turned out to be a very scary, creepy place!

I didn't know until we got back to the room that It turns out that this castle has a dungeon and a torture chamber, been owned by the same family for 800 years and is still the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield, BT.

For those of you who would like to see more this castle has been featured on “Scariest Places on Earth”, “Most Haunted”, and “Elizabeth” with Kate Blanchett.
Creepy!



Gary,there's got to be a better way into the castle!
Gary,there's got to be a better way into the castle!
Creepy.
Creepy.
Run. Gary. Run. And don't look back!
Run. Gary. Run. And don't look back!

Holy Island

Holy Island of Lindsfarne is amazing. The first people founded the priory in AD 635. In spite of the numerous attacks and destruction, parts of the priory is still stand!

The island appears to be thriving both as a tourist destination and a community... amazing.

A busy island with a long history.
A busy island with a long history.
We have just crossed the tide flats and our on solid ground.
We have just crossed the tide flats and our on solid ground.
The harbor...ok mud patch for boats until tide comes back in.
The harbor...ok mud patch for boats until tide comes back in.
So beautiful.
So beautiful.
Sheep prospering on island...
Sheep prospering on island...
1549 Castle is built
1549 Castle is built
737 King Ceowulf retires and becomes a monk here.
737 King Ceowulf retires and becomes a monk here.
793 Vikings raid monestery.
793 Vikings raid monestery.
In the year of 635 Saint Aidan was gifted this island by Anglo-Saxon King Oswald.  It was a base which the pagens would be converted to Christianity.
In the year of 635 Saint Aidan was gifted this island by Anglo-Saxon King Oswald. It was a base which the pagens would be converted to Christianity.

After we finished explored Holy Island we headed to another castle called Alnwlick. Couple really cool things about this castle and village.

1. Same family (the Percy) have owned it since the beginning of time... OK, for 700 years.

2. They had this cool time line which showed events which happened since 1310 in their family, in England and in the World... And capsulized in 2009 was a picture of our President, Barack Obama - it made me feel really good inside to see the significance of this event to them.

3. And last but not least this is the castle where Harry Potter’s was filmed - we get to walk around the Hogwarts School - Yahoo!

Driving up to the castle I swear I can see Hagrid.... and an alley in the village looks like I can purchase a wand...

This is so clever.  Don't they look like sentries?
This is so clever. Don't they look like sentries?

Dunstanburgh Castle

We finished exploring this castle, still have time and energy, so we head off to a third castle, Dunstanburgh.

Amazing... on a bluff with a grand golf course leading up to it and sheep surrounding it... what could be finer?

Well there is one more thing - Jack Daniels. We meet him on the path home, sorry to those of you who might have thought I was getting into the Whiskey Trail stories. Jack Daniels is an amazing man who's picture I wish I would have taken... you would have enjoyed him too!

He has traveled the world, teaches at St. Andrews University, writes for lonely planet and most importantly tells us about Berwick on Tweed.

So tomorrow back to Scotland via Berwick on Tweed!

A wee little golfer.
A wee little golfer.

Comments 6 comments

susie Reynolds 6 years ago

Bless your heart for sharing this most magical journey you two are on with us. I love castles and the history that is weaved amongst the stones of time. Keep including me I am in awe.

Love Light and Laughter

Susie

ps you both look so healthy and filled with Joy


tlchang 6 years ago

Barb - you are SO going to all the places I want to see. Northumberland is high high on my list. I've read so much about those castles and landscape (and have some ancestry that dates back to the 1000's AD in that part of the country). Do you have any *interior* castle shots? Would love to see them. (Maybe we can get together for tea some time after your return and browse your photos and you can tell me more details about all of this!).

Love and misses,

xxxTara


ali in Seattle 6 years ago

Well, we've been talking about a home exchange somewhere in Europe. Maybe I should find one in England!! Good show, Miss Barbara and Mr. Gary.


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SidneyMorgan 6 years ago from Australia

When I saw your new hub in my “New Hubs Email” I clicked it straight away to read the next chapter in your travels. Another really interesting hub with some great pictures. I love old castles with the history behind them. Thanks for sharing it with us. Look forward to the next chapter, until then safe and happy travels.


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GPSWorldTraveler 6 years ago from Washington State, USA Author

So happy to be sharing our adventures and that you enjoy the travel stories...


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

I absolutely love your pictures...did you take them yourself? I have been thinking of wanting to write a special book and would need to have pictures with doors and gates and paths...your pictures sort of remind me of what I am looking for. Blessings.

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