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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Awe inspiring castle

Greenie1978, Preston, United Kingdom
Visited Warkworth castle with family including 4 year old daughter on a rainy afternoon. The castle dominates the Warkworth skyline and has a very long and interesting history. My daughter enjoyed exploring all the rooms and nooks and crannies the castle has to offer and you got a real sense of the grandeur that the castle once held. Entrance price very reasonable and under 5's go free. Well worth a visit.

A part of the percentage family history

Anne E, Broomhill
Warkworth castle is amazing it has such a depeth of history. It is on a small site but if you are interested in the past you can spend a good couple of hours exploring. You have the hermitage a short walk away. But it is only open on certain days. Check the website for details. Warkworth itself is a quaint town with art galleries, shops and pubs to enjoy.

Great Castle

Carole S, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
This castle is definitely worth a visit. Enjoyed looking round the keep and all the different rooms.

A magnificent castle in a lovely location.

johnhouston2, Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Perched above the lovely village of Warkworth, this castle is arguably the archetypical English castle with appropriate moat, turrets and battlements. It covers a considerable area and there is enough left standing to give a good picture of what it would have been like in its prime, and the English Heritage information boards fill in any areas your imagination can't stretch to. The keep is in particularly good repair and is a fascinating area to explore. Add the facts that the castle is in a lovely location with good riverside and country walks, and it really is a must visit location.

A Percy Stronghold

Stephen S, Morecambe, United Kingdom
A magnificent castle of huge size with a well preserved Keep. The audio commentary is very good and informative. Well worth a visit.

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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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