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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Very interesting visit with audio tour

Carole W, Clowne, United Kingdom
Staff very friendly and chatty. Took advantage of the free audio tour which was very informative and it also gives you a feel for what life was like when it was in it's full glory. Spent nearly an hour walking round various parts. Could be a bit tricky in places for the less mobile. The puppy didn't like the steep stone stairs. The keep is mainly intact. Very enjoyable visit.


SuzieLock, Pokolbin, Australia
I loved Warkworth... quaint essential village, waterside river and castle to wander around. Wished we had more time to stay and enjoy it all.


lmorgan2015, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Car park charge is refunded on entry - an imposing castle that is well worth visit - easy to find and set in a nice village - parking outside the main gates If you do these regularly it is cheaper to join English Heritage than to pay at the gate

Lovely Castle

Janet D, Southport, United Kingdom
There's plenty to explore at this castle, the keep has numerous rooms and there is also a hermitage (this is now closed for the winter), you could still take a walk by the river though.

Lot of castle to view

Barbara R, Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
This is one rather huge castle with lots to see. Like others before have said the audio can be confusing at times..it did however have all the information needed. I did not go up the steps to the main part of the castle (think need new feet and ankles) that did not matter as my hubby did and took photos for me. We didn't visit the Hermitage but hope to another time. I was quite surprised that there was no café here with the castle being so large !

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

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

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