Alnwick Castle and Preston Mill

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
Trip End Sep 03, 2008

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

August 26th

Load them up and move them out!!!

We are homeward bound, OK well Bolton, Bramhall, Cheadle bound.

Ten people two cars off we go

First stop, back to Edinburgh, Tyler had bought a set of bag pipes that wasn't working so we needed to return them, Mom and Dad were looking to buy a Tattoo dvd to take home, and Auntie Ali had convinced me to let Cass buy the Gladiator Helmet that he had seen the last time, well that and a kilt. Cass has promised that he will wear his kilt at every family occasion from now until forever, so everyone expect it!

Becky and I decide not to walk up the mountain(castle rock) and choose to sit in the car attempting to connect to free public wiifii to no avail.  Ali and the troops return, Cass with the biggest smile upon his face, Gladiator helmet under his arm. As we begin to get stuff put into cars (not an easy task)  the skys open up and Mom and Dad are caught in a torrential downpour they return soaked to the skin!  too bad rain gear was in the car!

Off to Alnwick via Preston Mill,

Preston Mill is really kind of neat but certainly does not require a day trip a 10 min stop is all that is warranted, take some photos and back into the Car.

We arrive at Alnwick late and it is very tourist attraction set up it;s a real disappointment,  We had wanted to see it because it was one of the locations from Harry Potter.  |It's a strange set up car park is shared with the garden center and the garden center admission is 10lbs(20$) per adult and kids get in for 1 p (2 cents) this does bot include admission to the castle. The castle is like 33$ per adult and 25$ per child we consider our options, the garden center has a tree house to run and climb through and kid stuff going on like face painting and Rupert the bear activities.  Becky and I decide to go in to the Castle, Mom and Dad go looking for coffee, Ali and Cam ask if activities for the kids are still going on, and are told yes soooo they pay for themselves and kids to go into the garden and tree house.

Becky and I are told the castle is closing in 10 mins, so we disappointedly turn away from entering I get a quick snap of her at the gate and the guard at the gate lets us go in for a picture!  WE then join Mom and Dad for coffee.

The skys open once again, and the place empties, the rain stops but so have all the activities, no face painting no Rupert the bear and no one is even taking tickets at the tree house, Ali and Cam are disappointed having spent $40 buck on the admissions, yuck Alnwick was a big disappointment all round especially since we made a special trip to see it and it made for a longer way home  just to stop here.

Dad finds a great pub for dinner at least that was yummy, as we are all feeling bummed.

We hid the road heading home once again, It late when we roll into Stockport  11 ish what a day.

Auntie Margaret is waiting tea in hand. LOVELY!!!!

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