Aerial photo of Warkworth Castle

Explore Warkworth Northumberland

A high street framed by a 12th-century church and a magnificent castle, artisan shops, and incredible views, it's no wonder why this ancient village is a must-see. Warkworth is small, but it contains a wealth of history just waiting to be discovered.

A historical treasure trove

Act as king or queen for the day at Warkworth Castle, an English Heritage Site which dominates the skyline of this ancient village. Built on a rocky spur encircled by the River Coquet, the main street of Warkworth has some of the most attractive views in Northumberland.

Castle Street, the main street of Warkworth village is a must-see, with its inns, gift shops, and upmarket art galleries. It is nicely framed by the castle at one end, and the Parish Church of St Lawrence at the other. The church was built in 1132, not only as a place of worship, but to act as a defense against any attacks. It is home to a vast history and an impressive 100-foot spire.

Warkworth Castle with it's magnificent cross-shaped keep was once home to the Percy family who also owned nearby Alnwick Castle where there descendants live to this day. As you wander round look out for the lion badge carved throughout the castle; this was the badge of the Percy family. 

If the church and castle aren’t enough history for you, you can always visit the medieval hermitage. Only accessible by boat, and hidden on the south bank of the River Coquet, this 14th century chapel is hewn from the rock face. Once home to monks, today you might find seals and otters swimming up to the curious chapel carved in the rocks. Warkworth medieval bridge, built to protect the village from the North is believed to be the only surviving fortified bridge in England. 

The village of Warkworth is located close to the Northumberland coast and 
Warkworth beach is only a short walk away from the village. You can take in the local architecture, artisan shops, restaurants, and local culture on your way there. With golden sands, views of Coquet Island and Alnmouth, and the chance to hire rowing boats or canoes, this beach is a perfect place for a peaceful, undisturbed experience.

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