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...
A good family day out
Lights, camera, action


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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Paid over £60 for a family ticket to Castle and Gardens. Everyone enjoyed both especially the Harry Potter Broomstick Training. We were very disappointed however to find out that to play crazy golf it would be an additional £13. Not a great amount in the grand scale of things but after paying over £60 to get in well felt it was very cheeky to charge for additional activities.

Nice day out

Claire P, Gateshead, United Kingdom
2 adults and 2 girls aged 7 and 10 spent the afternoon at the castle and it was very enjoyable. The sun was shining so this helped make the day better as we strolled round the castle grounds popping in and put of the different parts of the castle. Views are amazing and you can see for miles. There is lots to explore and the main part of the castle is beautiful, filled with art and lots of history. Unfortunately we were not told that the broomstick riding needed to be booked so it was full by the time we got there. This may have been because we booked online (getting a small discount) but by the time we got to the area it was full and the archery (extra £3.50 per person for 8 arrows) was for ages 9 and over so we had to give this a miss too. Calling into the admissions office before leaving got our online ticket validated for the full years worth of free admissions to the castle. Only other things to mention are there are several gift shops all very expensive and it costs you 3 quid to park.

Expensive for what you get

BPR84, Morecambe, United Kingdom
We visited as a group of mixed ages and I would definitely visit again but only for the gardens. Although the castle is stunning I felt that it was expensive given what you actually can access. Given that we paid a discounted £23 to access the castle and gardens I felt that it really wasn't value for money. I am a big film fan and expected more if I'm honest as the castle has featured in Robin Hood prince of thieves and Harry Potter. Funnily enough the only mention of this is in the overpriced gift shop. I had expected more mention of this both in the castle and it's grounds seen as though these are the main draw to the castle but honestly no mention is made of either. The parts of the castle you can access are very limited although stunning. All of this said if you visit I would skip the castle and just go to the gardens as the £15 to enter these is well worth the money. There is lots to do for all ages in the gardens and they are well thought out and simply stunning. The tree house and swing section of the gardens are very impressive and the water section is a real treat for young children. All in all it was a good trip but I was disappointed with the castle to be truthful.

Poor value for money

MrandMrsRMorecambe, Morecambe, United Kingdom
Even with the online discount I feel the admission price is very expensive, the majority of the castle cannot be visited, and outside access is also limited. There is very little information about Harry Potter filming, Robin Hood filming and Downton, and the children's experience is extra money on top of the extortionate entry fee. The castle is stunning but I don't feel the price reflects the experience.

Great castle

Laurence B, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Came here with my family. What a great place to visit. The back drop of some of the Harry Potter movies. It has lots of of things to see and do. Whether it is History, activities for the kids or walking around the grounds this is a must see attraction.

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