Popular UK attraction slammed as ‘overpriced tourist trap’

A popular English landmark has been slammed as an “overpriced tourist trap” by people who visited.

Alnwick Castle, a castle and country house in Northumberland, was slammed by Reddit commenters.

The historic Grade I listed building was built in the 11th century but has attracted more visitors since it was used as Hogwarts in the first and second Harry Potter films.

A tourist wrote on Reddit: “Ever since Harry Potter it’s become an overpriced tourist trap for people coming on a day trip from Edinburgh.

“There are better castles that are more scenic and quieter. Plus the number of people who post about it on the internet and tag it as Scotland pains me.”

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Alnwick Castle was also used as a filming location in the popular ITV series, Downton Abbey.

But while the Castle wasn’t for everyone, tourists were impressed with Alnwick Gardens which sit adjacent to the castle.

A local resident said: “I’m from the North East and I don’t think I’ve ever actually been inside Alnwick Castle. In my eyes it’s all about the gardens, especially the poison garden.”

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The small but deadly Poison Garden is filled with around 100 toxic plants and could be the UK’s most dangerous garden.

Visitors are banned from smelling, touching or tasting the plants but can join a tour to learn more about them.

With a ticket to the gardens, tourists can also explore the Cherry Orchard and the rose garden.

Tourists who want to explore a castle might prefer to visit the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle.

The Castle was recently ranked England’s best while the country’s favourite historic house can be found in Scotland.

However, many visitors did love their trip to Alnwick Castle with one describing it as a “great experience and insight to another world” on Tripadvisor.

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