Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle
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History on a grand scale

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country; home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK's most significant heritage destinations and best days out in Northumberland.

The castle's rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpowder plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England's most celebrated knight: Harry Hotspur.

In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, featuring as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey's 2014 and 2015 Christmas specials and previously appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.

Family days out

At the castle there is so much to entertain adults and children alike, making a family day out full of fun and history.

Tickets to the castle can be validated for unlimited free visits for 12 months at no extra cost (read T&Cs), so you can take advantage of all the fantastic events throughout the season.

Events programme

Entertainment from fire-eating jesters, courageous knights, master falconers, and medieval artisans (and even the occasional dragon!) takes place throughout the castle's open season.

All performances and activities all free with admission. View Alnwick Castle's full events calendar.

Knight's Quest

Aspiring knights and princesses can follow in the footsteps of Harry Hotspur, as they dress up in medieval finery and try their hand at free traditional crafts, swordplay and medieval games in the bustling Knight's Quest arena.

From battleaxes to broomsticks

Alnwick Castle's rich history is brought to life on engaging guided tours, sweeping the castle's long history, origins, uses, and restorations, and including stories of the fascinating people who have lived there over the past 900 years. 

Costumed guides also provide engaging history of the castle's grounds, including behind-the-scenes anecdotes from its starring film roles.

Potter fans young and old can take part in Alnwick's infamous broomstick training sessions, led by entertaining wizard professors.

Sumptuous State Rooms

The castle's State Rooms are filled with one of the country’s finest private art and furniture collections, including work by Canaletto, Titian, Van Dyck, Turner, and Dobson; an extensive gallery of Meissen, Chelsea, and Paris porcelain; and the priceless Cucci cabinets, originally created for Louis XIV of France.

Children can keep their eyes peeled for the tiny cuddly lions hidden in each room!

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Alnwick Castle features in the itinerary...
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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
(17+ years)
annual pass
(60+ years, student or disabled)
annual pass
(5-16 years)
annual pass
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
annual pass

Save 10% by buying online. Tickets to Alnwick Castle are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, validate in visitor admissions when you visit (see website for T&Cs).

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Stunning castle

debcox, Oxford
It's a stunning and popular castle due to the movie connections and very impressive with much to see and we thoroughly enjoyed it but I would agree with many that the entry costs are staggering answer should be addressed.

Great place

toffeefan36, england
Went here thinking it would just be s quick trip round, how wrong I was! The gardens alone took a couple of hours including the poisonous garden tour. They have decorated for Halloween and with the mist there was extra spooky. We had a nice lunch the cafe even made a gluten free sandwich for my wife. We then went to the castle and what a castle going round the rooms, along the wall. If your in the are definitely worth a visit.

Interesting, but crowded

Eirewolf, Guelph, Canada
A rather interesting castle, as it is still in use as a residence. The castle does tend to be quite crowded, but I was able to move through and see what I wanted without much trouble or bother. There are a number of knowledgeable staff around the castle who were quite happy to answer questions.

A great day out

KateJ2, Leeds, United Kingdom
I wanted to go here because of the Harry Potter link and although you can do broomstick training and buy merchandise, that’s it really. The castle is magnificent and you can climb the walls and look in the dungeon and see the posh rooms inside. There are canon to see and climb on too. The dragon quest is fun but not worth a long wait. Dressing in medieval clothing was a hit. We didn’t do it but you could also do archery. When it’s busy get there early so you can get times for the activities otherwise there’ll be none left. The castle can be done in a day but if you buy a castle and garden ticket you won’t get it all done. The garden is lovely too. If you get your ticket validated you can return for a year. To save money bring your own food. The food is lovely but expensive. It was a long journey but definitely worth it. This was our second visit since August.

Fabulous day out

bigtreez43, margate kent
Visited the castle today, mainly because we had booked the treehouse for my birthday meal, so almost as an afterthought, decided to spend the whole day there with a break for the meal..... So glad we did! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, had read a couple of reviews on here, so knew to book a couple of things as soon as we arrived. Booked the lost cellar tour and the poison garden tour The garden tour was very informative and I have learned how to slowly poison my husband without detection should he ever be a naughty boy!! The cellar tour was brilliant, won't explain it so as not to ruin it for anyone but would definitely recommend doing it! Looked round the staterooms before going for lunch. After lunch, thoroughly looked round the gardens, there were loads of Halloweeny type things dotted about. Did the bamboo maze, woodland walk and absolutely everything that was on offer, then had a final cup of tea overlooking the cascading waterfall, fantastic end to a fantastic day. We also validated our tickets which gives us year round access, unlikely to be able to revisit as we live in margate but I did it just incase we can squeeze another week in sometime

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