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
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...
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.
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
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...
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!