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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Nice to look round

markbobhawkett, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Went here with the kids and dog. Had a good look round the castle which had some interesting reenactments of different professions which was really informative and funny! Then had a walk along the river and hired a boat which the kids loved trying to row up and down.


For a ruin, there is surprisingly a lot to do and see. Information is good and presented well throughout. Children are found exploring every nook and cranny, lots of hidden passages and staircases leading to some surprising rooms and spaces. Very reasonably priced just £12.50 for a family ticket 2 adults and up to 3 children 5+. Parking is £3.10 but refunded on entry to the castle site itself. A lovely setting and a walk into the town was worth it if you have the legs too, gorgeous coffee shops and homeware.

A wonderful castle

Elli J, Taipei, Taiwan
My partner and I have English heritage so we try to make the most of it when we go away on the weekends. This is most certainly one of the best castles we've visited. I would definitely recommend visiting this with children, there are so many nooks and crannies to explore! There are beautiful surroundings which made for nice walks.

Nice place to have a stroll

stefanandriano, Oslo, Norway
I arrived right before they closed, so I was alone having a stroll in a ruined castle. There are some squirrels and rabbits running around which adds to the atmosphere. It's a nice place to stop if you're going down the coast.

Proper Castle

Isoza, Lichfield, United Kingdom
A perfect motte and bailey type Castle so great to help the kids with the History homework. On a hill, part surrounded by river and though ruinous you can still figure it out and there is plenty to climb around. Parking is free when redeemed against entry ticket and audio guide if you want it. Great walk around it - loads of daffodils at the moment - and pretty much bang in the centre of Warkworth so easy to grab a bite too. Great place to visit.

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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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