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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(Child (5-15 years))
(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
(English Heritage Member)
|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
Good place for the kids to run around
Visited today and can't believe it's the first time I've visited. We are members of English Heritage so took the opportunity today with the weather being more favourable than it has been of late to take in some well needed fresh air. Being mostly ruins, it still had plenty to interest with lots of rooms and nooks and cranny to explore in different directions and on different levels and boasted some brilliant views of Warkworth village and the coast when you got higher. Our 9 year old daughter and 3 year old son had loads of fun running around and exploring and we're suitably tired by the time we left which as resulted in a nice quiet and peaceful evening for the wife and myself.
Stunning piece of history
Richard G, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Although the castle is a bit in ruins it is visually stunning sitting on the hill above Warkworth - great to walk around - had the dog so could not walk inside the castle
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.