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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|Type||Entry for||Guide price|
(Child (5-15 years))
(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
(English Heritage Member)
|Monday||20/02/2017||Friday||24/02/2017||10:00 - 16:00|
|Daily from 10:00 to 16:00.|
|Times between 25/02/2017 and 31/03/2017|
THE SITE IS CLOSED ON 24-26 DECEMBER 2016 and 1 JANUARY 2017
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
Dogs / pets allowed
Dogs / pets allowed
Gift shop on site
Child / family friendly
You won't spend much more than an hour here inside the grounds but there's surprisingly lots to see. You can get an audio tour for free. Many nooks and crannies to investigate. Parking is £3.10 but refundable at the end. Very friendly staff. I enjoyed it.
Fantastic piece of history
Stephen Y, York, United Kingdom
Although not one of the most intact castles in this area we loved our visit to Warkworth. We'd recommend the walk around the river to the beach and also a trip into Amble. Make sure to visit the nearby Spurelli ice cream parlour too!
emloue, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
A great ruin to clamber around that welcomes you before you arrive in Warkworth. Great for picnics and for the kids to run around. Lots to see. Plenty of parking and a lovely riverside walk too. Dog friendly - not in the tower but in the grounds. Very good value for money.
Fun day trip
Ali C, United Kingdom
I went with a few friends to Warkworth Castle for a day trip. It was fairly easy to get to--we took the train to Alnmouth then got a cab to the castle. It's part of the English Heritage sites so if you're a member it's free to go in. We had a nice couple of hours wandering around the castle grounds and inside the rooms. It was a good time, although I wish there were more signs or free pamphlets telling about it's history. There are some great local inns and pubs right down the street so we were able to have a good meal and a few pints before we went home. Overall charming visit, just wish the hermitage had been open!!
Well worth a visit
paulinemul, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We have often been to Warkworth, but it's a long time since we visited the castle. The keep is particularly interesting with spectacular views. I would definitely recommend the audio guide as it brought the castle to life.