Warkworth Castle

Warkworth Castle
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The magnificent cross-shaped keep of Warkworth, crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in Northumberland.

The castle's most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. Wielding almost kingly power in the north, their influence reached its apogee under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son 'Harry Hotspur', hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare's 'Henry IV'.

Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent 'kingmakers' both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths. Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century.

It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls.

Half a mile from the castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessibly only by boat, stands a much more peaceful building: the late medieval cave Hermitage and chapel of a solitary holy man.

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Ticketing and entry prices for Warkworth Castle

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(Child (5-15 years))
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Concession 1
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(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
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(English Heritage Member)
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Cracking Easter excursion!

Fab time had by all of us at Warkworth Castle. Easter adventurer event gave the little ones the chance to take part in a really good coronation, with dressing up and role play. And the treasure chest hunt was great, particularly given there are lots of hidden rooms and stairwells to explore. Parking is refunded when you go inside, don't forget (as its £3.10 for the day, no other payment options available).

Very good

First time here and we have all enjoyed it especially the kids 6/10. It's an English heritage site so a cost to get in but you can easily spend 2 hours here if not more. Kids enjoyed the treasure chest hunt today. Also some beautiful views would definitely recommend. Also enjoy a nice walk in to warkworth along the river too.

Great place to explore

nmaidwell123, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
A castle that is like a rabbits warren. Full of rooms to explore. In a well preserved state and plenty of room to roam around.


Smaskifa, Oslo, Norway
Among the castles I've been to this is definitely one of the best, up there with the one in Bouillon in Belgium. Loads of stairs and rooms to explore inside the castle itself and lots to see in the grounds. The views of the surrounding area are also very nice. A must see if you're in the area.

Great to Visit

Johnlobster, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Been here a few times and enjoy every time. A brilliant attraction and well worth a visit if you are staying in Northumberland or passing through. A good family day out.

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Photo: http://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Warkworth-Castle/vn-medium-Castle-and-Keep.jpg

URL: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworthcastle

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