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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Awesome castle in great location

coln M,
English heritage have really got their act together on Warkworth. There's good parking on site and make sure you get the audio tour of the castle which is excellent. The bailey is pretty ruined but the keep is well preserved and has fabulous views. The hermitage is about a half mile walk along the river and a row boat trip across it. Completely magical unless it is heaving with visitors. Do check times it's open, as when we went it was only two days a week and tide dependent.

Great day out

Mrs Olwen C,
Fantastic views. The castle is worth a visit you won’t be disappointed. Audio tour included in the price and a sample of the local drink ‘Mead’ too.

Fab day out

Samstersmam, Manchester, United Kingdom
We are members of English Heritage so good value for money no carpark charges either . Bonus the dog is welcome too. Excellent site guide books £3.50 really good quality also audio tours available sorry did not get a price. Tables to picnic at. Toilets available. Lots of outdoor space to explore . Lots of inside space to explore too. Fabulous views over the country and coast inside and out . Spent a good couple of hours here could have been more. Hermitage closed but lovely walk along the river too . Ground uneven in parts all areas may not be accessible to dome disabled visitors. Very enjoyable visit . Thank you 😊


Tracey1169, Walsall, United Kingdom
What a fantastic view from this castle to the surrounding area. Great staff it was 2 gents when we visited. There is a car park which is chargeable but you get it back if you visit the castle.

Castle and a Boat Trip

Priti T, Leeds, United Kingdom
We stopped off here on the way home from Alnwick as it was sign posted off the A1. Did not know what to expect but was not disappointed. It is managed by English Heritage and is worth a visit. You have to pay for parking but this is refunded when you buy your ticket for the castle. The castle has plenty of rooms to explore but there are some steep steps so may not be accessible for all. The best part was going to see the hermitage, we were taken across the river by our guide 'Mick' who was pleasant and informative. I would recommend this to people of all ages.

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URL: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworthcastle

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