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)
|Times between 01/11/2016 and 19/02/2017|
|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
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Dogs / pets allowed
Gift shop on site
Child / family friendly
Good visit to the castle
Lissa B, North Shields, United Kingdom
An English Heritage property which seems to have some strange opening times but well worth a visit. If I had one criticism it's the fact the shop is so small that even with two or three of you it's manic and whilst I appreciate you only get one chance to give info and sell memberships it took us an age to actually get to see the Castle! That said the guy who I think was called Peter was only doing his job and was a really friendly chap! Beautiful castle, not for those who can't do heights or stairs though well worth an explore!
stunning roadside attraction...
Never expected this treat as we headed toward Lindisfarne island,but stopped for a looksee...absolutely beautiful remains,huge carpark (motorcycles there in plenty on our visit),no queues,big enough site to swallow hundreds at a time,informative display boards,friendly and engaging staff,100% recommend.:)
Plenty to see and read
really_razamataz, London, United Kingdom
I had not been here for 45 years, and while the castle building is probably much the same, there was more than I remember to read and get absorbed into the history of the place. I thoroughly enjoyed the 90 minutes spent here.
Hugely impressive Castle which dominates the surrounding area
Martyn R, Oxford, United Kingdom
Warkworth Castle has a long history as one of the major fortresses in Northumberland, a county which was so key in the warfare between England and Scotland. Much of the history of Warkworth is associated with the local Percy family, the Earls (now Dukes) of Northumberland. Their history is woven around their two fortifications of Warkworth and Alnwick, with lots of anecdotes that the former was preferred as a home to the glorious Alnwick. Warkworth is now a spectacular ruin, visible for miles around as you approach the town of Warkworth. The Keep is famous as a masterpiece of English medieval architecture in the form of a Greek cross, and the splendid Lion Tower lies at the north end of the Great Hall. The Castle's fortunes have ebbed and flowed with that of the Percys with some of the blame for the present condition of the Castle attributed to the roundheads who removed gates to deny it to the Royalists during the English Civil War (even though the Earl Percy was supporting Parliament at the time). It certainly makes a great walk on a great winter's day, with fantastic views over Amble and the North Sea. Hugely impressive fortification.
Lovely location and setting
PaulForster, London, United Kingdom
We used to live 30 mins from this area and took it for granted. As we now as we live in London, we aim to visit our home county 'Northumberland' which I'm very proud of coming from. The Castle is impressive and sits proudly on the top of the hill. You have the lovely riverside for walking, coffee shops, bars and art shop etc on the high street. You have a lot in the area and it's just a short walk to a small town called Amble.