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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Concession 1
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(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
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Great family day out

timealan, UK
We walked from Amble and had a brilliant time at Warkworth, learning about it's history. Definitely better value than Alnwick!


Cheryll H,
Very impressive ruins with the main keep still intact. Dog friendly and great for the kids to explore! There were some medieval events going on which added to the atmosphere

Great for all ages with fun events for the children. Great for the family!

Samantha A,
Spent a wonderful morning, rambling round the castle's majestic ruins. An audio tape, obtained from the gift/ticket shop, really brought the fascinating history and majesty of the place to life. I was also impressed with the events that were scheduled within the castle's walls for all ages. We were mightily entertained by a 'sword workshop' arranged for children ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Lots of different events, at differing times were planned during the week and can be viewed online. There are picnic tables if you fancy a bite there and toilets are nearby in the car park. The car park fee is refundable on admission. English Heritage members get in free. The surrounding area is beautiful and Warkworth is most definitely worth a visit.

It's a Castle

Wildlifefan60, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I like to visit Castles as i travel around, this one is worth a visit but please don't expect too much as there isn't much there.

Love Warkworth

lesleyalia, Leek, United Kingdom
If you have never visited Warkworth you really should, it's a beautiful place and the Castle and river are so lovely.

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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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