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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Well worth some time for a look around

Driving up the Northumberland coast, we were hoping for some scenic surprises, and this was the first. The coast road is surprisingly far from the coast for the most part. This place made up for it. Well worth stopping for a wander around. Beautiful village and location, especially in the sunshine. Parking easy and plentiful.

English Heritage

EdwardoCalipso, Berkeley, Ca
Members get in free. Photogenic. Many places to hide the children then run off. Parking and toilets are just outside.

Well preserved relic within this beautiful historic village

saddwd, Durham, United Kingdom
A gorgeous day spent in and around Warkworth, starting with the castle. Used our English Heritage membership to avoid paying £8 each (approx) to enjoy this very well preserved historical building. PS Don't forget to reclaim your £3.10 all day parking fee from the ticket booth within the shop by presenting your tear off 'refund' slip.

Wonderful castle

Matt C, Ripon, United Kingdom
Visited the castle with friends at the weekend. What a fantastic castle. Really commanding view of the area. Lots to see and the really great thing was it was open to explore where ever you wanted. Lots of interconnecting rooms and passages. The audio tour was good.

A great ruined castle

Mztb1, Manchester, United Kingdom
This is a much better experience than visiting Alnwick Castle, the other home of the Percy family, which was far too sanitised and commercialised for us. You can let your imagination run riot as you scramble around the different parts of the castle. The areas are all clearly marked, but I think it's advisable to buy the guide. If you're in the area for a few days I would advise you to opt for the 3 month membership of English Heritage. I'm a member of the National Trust but most of the places we visited tended to be EH. If you want to see the Hermitage, make sure you find out beforehand if you can be rowed across as this can only be done at certain times and on specific days.

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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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