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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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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good for kids but quite expensive

c d, Amble, United Kingdom
Alnwick Castle is interesting butreally the best bit is how it has capitalised on the Harry Potter stories. my Grand dauaghtr loved the childrens bit, dressing up, learning to fly a broomstick and the scary dragons. The castle itself is less appealing and not as much to see as I had hoped. I felt it's expensive for what it is, there are nicer castles in Northumberland. The pass lasts a year but unless I had kids I cant imagine going again. staff friendly and helpful.

Great place, plenty going on for the kids too

kymjane86, Warrington, United Kingdom
It was mine and my partners second visit however this time we took the children, we were unable to stay a long time so unfortunately we could not partake in the activities. There was a lot going on for the kids inc broomstick flying lessons and the history is amazing we just wish we had more time. We had taken the kids to bamburgh castle too and they didn't want to take in too much more history but Alnwick had much more for them to do. I would just say it is quite pricy even if you can make a full day of it.

Alnwick Castle - a great day out

Haitham79, Yeovil, United Kingdom
It is a beautiful castle, about 45-50 minutes by car (25 miles) north to Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is a great place to visit with lots of history and activities to do suitable for all ages. The gardens is exquisite and well maintained. For Harry Potter fans, this place is a must-to-visit, and great fun.

Very good and informative

davidjb1, Wakefield, United Kingdom
A good day out. The rooms where very interesting and some of the local and national history was very informative and spellbinding. A lot of children who seemed to enjoy the Harry Potter themes and events.

Very Pricey

Phil P, Fareham, United Kingdom
Impressive but a bit too much of a Harry Potter theme park and very expensive for what you get. Entry gets you an annual pass but few tourists will be able to take full advantage.

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