Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1NG

+44 (0)1665 511 100

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Overview

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.

 

Sumptuous State Rooms

The lavish Italian Renaissance style interiors of the State Rooms are contained like a jewel within Alnwick Castle’s magnificent fortified exterior. Originally remodelled as a family home by the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and beautifully restored in the 19th Century, these luxurious interiors are a vision to behold.  

The State Rooms are filled with one of the country’s finest private art and furniture collections, including work by Canaletto, Titian, Van Dyck, Turner, and Dobson; an extensive gallery of Meissen, Chelsea, and Paris porcelain; and the priceless Cucci cabinets, originally created for Louis XIV of France at the Palace of Versailles. From the windows of each room, the castle's grounds can be admired, and beyond them, the landscape created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. 

 

Daily tours and talks

Take a free tour with our knowledgeable guides and transport yourself into Alnwick Castle’s tumultuous Norman past and remarkable family history. These educational and engaging guided tours reference the Castle's long history, origins, uses and restorations, and include stories of the fascinating people whose presence has graced Alnwick Castle over the past 900 years. 

Discover more about the castle's exquisite State Rooms and its priceless antiquities, as well as anecdotes from the castle's recent use as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters. 

Join one of our guides for a snapshot 10-Minute Talk, exploring one of the castle's many stories. If you would like to learn more about a particular item, character, or period of Alnwick Castle's history during your visit, learn about something new, or simply don't have time for a full guided tour, then 10-Minute Talks are for you! With new subjects every day, there's always more to discover.

 

Museums and exhibitions

Discover the stories of bravery and loss experienced by the Northumberland Fusiliers, learn about the fascinating archaeological artefacts in the Castle Museum and delve into the stories of the volunteers who were prepared to defend England’s shores against the French at the opening of the 19th century.  

To commemorate the centenary year of WWI, the newly refurbished Constable's Tower shall re-open to the public in June 2018. Displaying thought provoking objects and recollecting harrowing stories, this exhibition is a homage to those whom sacrificed their life for Europe's freedom. 

 

Family days out

At the castle there is so much to entertain adults and children alike, making a family day out full of fun and history.

Events programme

Entertainment from fire-eating jesters, courageous knights, master falconers, and medieval artisans (and even the occasional dragon!) takes place throughout the castle's open season.

All performances and activities are free with admission (excluding archery). View Alnwick Castle's full events calendar.

Artisan's Courtyard

Aspiring knights and princesses can follow in the footsteps of Harry Hotspur, as they dress up in medieval finery and try their hand at free traditional crafts, swordplay and medieval games in the bustling Artisan's Courtyard arena.

Flying broomsticks!

Potter fans young and old can take part in Alnwick's infamous broomstick training sessions, led by entertaining wizard professors.

 

Find out more

For more information and to save 10% by buying tickets online, please visit www.alnwickcastle.com.

Tickets to the castle can be validated for unlimited free visits for 12 months at no extra cost (read T&Cs), so you can take advantage of all the fantastic events throughout the season.

Access information

Alnwick Castle is a large visitor attraction, comprising a range of historical buildings and sweeping grounds, including an Inner and Outer Bailey and ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes. Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the castle and its grounds, disabled access is limited in some areas.

The grounds of the castle include a variety of surfaces, including cobblestones, flagstones, grass, gravel and wood. These can be uneven and steep in places, with a number of steps on the Gun Terrace.

For further information regarding accessibility, as well as wheelchair/mobility scooter hire, please contact info@alnwickcastle.com or 01665 511100


Road directions

BY CAR

Alnwick Castle is less than a mile off the A1 and is well signposted. The main castle car park is just off Denwick Lane (B1340); the postcode for the car park is NE66 1YU (parking charge is £3 per vehicle for the day).


Public transport

BY RAIL

The East Coast mainline from London to Edinburgh stops at Alnmouth station, which is four miles from Alnwick. A taxi or bus (X18) can be taken from Alnmouth station (a journey of approximately 10 minutes).
 

BY BUS

There are bus stops and a bus station in the centre of Alnwick, with buses connecting Alnwick to the surrounding towns as well as the city of Newcastle (the X15 and X18 buses both run from Haymarket bus station). It is approximately a five minute walk to the castle from the bus station. Click here for more information.
Visitors who travel to the castle by an Arriva bus are eligible for a 20% discount on castle tickets!
 

BY AIR AND SEA

Newcastle International Airport and the Port of Tyne are 35 miles away.


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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(17+ years)
1
£16.00
annual pass
Concession
(60+ years, student or disabled)
1
£13.00
annual pass
Child
(5-16 years)
1
£8.50
annual pass
Family
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
6
£44.00
annual pass

Save 10% by buying online. Tickets to Alnwick Castle are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, validate in visitor admissions when you visit (see website for T&Cs).

Dates & times for Alnwick Castle, Alnwick

From To
Times between 29/03/2018 and 28/10/2018
Sun10:00 - 17:30
Mon10:00 - 17:00
Tue10:00 - 17:30
Wed10:00 - 17:30
Thu10:00 - 17:30
Fri10:00 - 17:30
Sat10:00 - 17:30

Alnwick Castle grounds and museums are open from 10.00am-5.30pm (last admission 4.15pm). State Rooms are open 10.30am-4.30pm (Chapel closes at 3.00pm, last admission 4.00pm).

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tripadvisor
15/10/2018

Great place to visit if your timing is right


Lindisfarne69, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We visited in the second week inOctober and we enjoyed our visit. However, there weren't any events scheduled for the day we went except broomstick training for children. They were cleaning one of the rooms in the living area and scaffolding appeared to be preventing us from entering part of the castle. That said, it is a lovely place, steeped in history and the staff are very informative and helpful.
tripadvisor
14/10/2018

Great castle


Nicky G,
I must admit to being an avid castle visitor. Every holiday has to include at least one castle. As castles go it was very impressive from the outside. However, I was slightly disappointed by the number of rooms (for a big castle) you were allowed into. Saying that the rooms open were very good. Loved the first world war stories in the servants quarters. Luckily the 'state rooms' were open. I would not want to pay all that money only to see a few rooms. They had loads to do for kids. All the staff we met were polite and friendly. We pre-bought our tickets online so saved some money. Would definitely recommend doing this if you can. Overall a great visit.
tripadvisor
14/10/2018

Amazing as a Harry Potter fan


Charlotte R, Brixham
Great experience as someone who is a fan of Harry Potter - it's all worth it just for the few shots you can get that look like the outside of Hogwarts! Overall, its a lovely castle and there's lots to do. We don't tend to hang around on tours or read EVERYTHING on display, but if you did the tour of the garden and then read all of the information boards in the state rooms etc then you could spend a lot of time in there. There was also lots of events, like the broomstick training, on the timetable, though we didn't attend any of this. One thing we did do - and I would definitely recommend! - is the poison garden tour, within the main garden itself. We did the tour because you can't go in there without a guide and it was really fun, the guide Paddy was really enthusiastic about all the poisonous plants and it was great. A little on the expensive side, we didn't mind too much as there are only 2 of us but I suppose for a family it could be an expensive day out.
tripadvisor
14/10/2018

Impressive castle set in beautiful setting


Carole122, Cullompton, United Kingdom
We spent a lovely day here on a recent holiday. There are lots of rooms open to the public, with free tours and the castle is set in wonderful countryside around it, although it is only just outside the town. I especially enjoyed the below stairs exhibition showing how many staff they had, the rates of their pay and how they fared during the war with a moving tribute to those that lost their lives. There was also a very interesting museum about the Northumberland Regiment, where we spent quite a lot of time.We wished we had time to visit the gardens (separate entrance fee or combined ticket), but there was not time to do both and it was a cold windy day so we opted just to do the castle. Good gift shop and plant centre. Kids will love the Harry Potter connection as it was filmed here and they can have broomstick lessons and craft lessons in a special area at the back.
tripadvisor
12/10/2018

Impressive but expensive.


Robert P, Durham, United Kingdom
Had a nice walk around the castle and my boys enjoyed the broomstick lessons, however having toured a number of castles it seemed very expensive for what was available.

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