It is a castle located in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland, built after the Norman conquest and renovated several times. First mentioned in 1,136, when it was conquered by King David I of Scotland, it was founded in the late 11th century by Ives de Vescy, a Norman nobleman who had received the lands and Alnwick's lordship from King William II of England.
Unlike the vast majority of castles in the country, which are in ruins, this is still the home of the current duke and his family, who, however, occupy only part of it. The castle is open to the public throughout the summer.
WHY THIS PLACE
A place rich in cinematographic references for lovers of the seventh art.
• After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England and since 2012 it has received more than 800,000 visitors a year.
• A huge increase in public interest in the castle was generated by its use as an interior and exterior setting for Hogwarts in the films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
• Other films shot at the site were: Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland (1971 - with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson), Ivanhoe (1982 - with Olivia Hussey and Sam Neill), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991 - with Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman), Elizabeth (1998 - starring Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush), Robin Hood (2010 - directed by Ridley Scott), the television series Downton Abbey and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017 - with Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci).