Four New “Harry Potter” Rooms Added to Hotel Near Alnwick Castle

For Harry Potter fans, Alnwick Castle is one of the most recognizable buildings in England. Situated in Northumberland, it is slightly off the beaten track. Luckily, Hallow and Crux offers the perfect boutique hotel experience for dedicated travelers. In preparation for reopening this May, the hotel has been expanded with four new Harry Potter-themed rooms. Plus, scroll down to see a design plan for a garden shed inspired by Dumbledore’s office.




Hallow and Crux is located in Alnwick, 4.3 miles from Dunstanburgh Castle and only about 100 yards from Alnwick Castle, the exterior of which was featured in the first two Harry Potter films as Hogwarts. Remember the first flying lesson? Or Oliver Wood grappling with the Bludger? Both scenes were filmed on these castle grounds.


Left: a cosy restaurant table with lovely chandelier lights and bright lamps is pictured. The walls are made of stone, it has a medieval inn vibe. Right: the same restaurant from another angle, with a long bar and bar stools by the wall. It's dark but warm.

Hallow and Crux’s restaurant and bar area has a cozy vibe quite like that of Hagrid’s hut.


Hallow and Crux features a restaurant, a bar, and a terrace. There are family rooms on offer, and each room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a wardrobe, an electric kettle, and a private bathroom. The daily breakfast options include a full English or an Irish breakfast plate as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport, which is 26 miles from the hotel.


A comfortable hotel bed is pictured in a cozy but stylish hotel room with wooden paneling and Marauders Map wallpaper.

The hotel building may be centuries old, but it has all the comforts a modern traveler can ask for.


“We’ve been working hard during the past few months on expanding up from Oscars to create another four individually designed bedrooms with a wizarding theme based on Harry Potter,” hotel owner Mark Jones told a local news outlet about the recent expansion ahead of the next phase of the roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England, which means hotels and international travel are permitted.

The new Harry Potter-themed rooms are respectively called the Marauders, Dumbledorm, the Chamber, and Hogwarts Landing, the latter offering a rooftop view toward the actual 11th-century castle.


A rooftop view of Alnwick can be seen with Alnwick Castle in the background not terribly far in the distance. There is a snowy owl perched on a nearby rooftop.

You can get a view of the castle from the Hogwarts Landing room.


It is not only the magical hotel rooms that are new in this charming location in a building that dates back to the 17th century. The restaurant and pub below called the Dirty Bottles also underwent a £400,000 ($564,000) refurbishment last year to double its capacity. “We’re looking forward to May 17. We wanted to open and be profitable while also giving our customers the best experience possible,” Jones added.

A stylish hotel wall can be seen, which has the Black fmaily tree incorporated as a wallpaper.


A hotel room wall can be seen from up close with the Marauders' Map as wallpaper.

Fans will find the attention to detail in Hallow and Crux’s new rooms enchanting.


In other enchanting design news, you don’t have to miss out on the magic even if you prefer to stay and work from home for a little longer. Along with five more fictional world-inspired designs, we found this Dumbledore’s office garden shed quite charming. Harry did wonder what the whimsical Hogwarts headmaster does in the summer breaks. We think he would be quite content to have a little garden shed such as this as a home office.


A round shed interior is pictured with a wooden throne-like chair, a pensieve, a sword on the wall, books lining the walls, and a nice woody feel.


In a sunny garden, there is a designer shed pictured, with an upside-down drop shape. It is made of wood and looks like a fairy-tale cabin.


What do you think about these designs? Will you be visiting Alnwick Castle to try Hallow and Crux’s new hotel rooms, or will you be bringing more magic into your garden shed this summer?


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Dora Bodrogi

I am a writer, a critic, a researcher, a traveler, and a Ravenclaw through and through. My main fields of interest are representation, gender, and LGBTQ fiction, history, and censorship. Incorrigible doodler and theatre kid.

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