History on a grand scale
Dubbed the Windsor of the North, Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.
Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations and best days out in Northumberland.
The Castle’s rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue and extraordinary people; from a gunpowder plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most celebrated knight: Harry Hotspur.
In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, featuring as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey and previously appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.Keeping you safe
We have been hard at work to ensure that a visit to Alnwick Castle is as safe as possible for visitors and our staff. We are proud to say that we have been awarded the Visit England ‘We’re good to go’ scheme seal of approval, meaning that you can visit us in the knowledge that your safety is our priority.
To meet the standard, and to comply with the necessary guidance from the government, we have had to make some big changes to the way tickets are booked and to what visitors can expect from a trip to the Castle this summer.
As we are constantly reviewing the latest advice, please take a moment to read the information on our website which explains everything you need to know before you visit, and will be kept updated with the latest information.
ALNWICK CASTLE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2021, RE-OPENING SPRING 2022