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).

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tripadvisor
09/12/2018

Family weekend away


Mummymazza2,
Found out that the castle was closed due to the duke and duchess being in residence, you could pay to walk round the gardens but it wasn’t A very nice day so we still managed to have a lovely look around and took some great photos. there was a big Christmas market in a marque selling lots of Christmas goodies, cheese, chutney’s, handbags, homemade wooden objects, other Christmas crafts. Definitely will be returning next year in the summer sometime to visit the castle and gardens together as it looks fantastic and if your Harry otter fans this place is a must as they filmed lots of scenes here from Harry Potter.
tripadvisor
05/12/2018

Alnwick castle adventure for the family.


jacqueline m, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
What a day out, fantastic. Please take advantage to any opportunity you have to visit here you wont be disappointed, brilliant customer service, catered for all, lush grounds. Fantastic Castle, go on give it a go.
tripadvisor
03/12/2018

Still in One Piece


Crane-Maker, Oswaldkirk, United Kingdom
This castle is just about as complete as one could expect. No piles of 'stone' but a fully function castle home. There are a range of tours to take, all well worth the time, this castle needs a couple of visits to see everything.
tripadvisor
03/12/2018

Striking castle and gardens - worth every penny!


LoyolaCenterNCL, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We visited as a group of 33 in October and found booking our group in to be very straightforward, as well as paying on the day. The castle complex with the garden is huge, and it’s great that they offer several guided tours with different themes throughout the day (we enjoyed the movie locations tour and the poison garden tour) One tiny hiccup was that we arrived right after the castle opened (10am) and the state rooms didn’t actually open until 10:30am, so there was a bit of waiting around for them to open. However, the gardens were spectacular, the castle grounds and interior as well. Our group of 20/21 year old students reveled in the Harry Potter connection and enjoyed the scenic journey to and from the castle. The food in the restaurant (at the entrance to the gardens) was moderately expensive but delicious! We recommend visiting in the warmer months and to spend lots of time exploring the gardens.
tripadvisor
25/11/2018

Visited loads of times


whatyaseeiswhatyaget, County Durham, United Kingdom
Supplied here as a business loads and staff always great and tonight called in to see George & Larry Lamb on tour. Pleasant staff great venue space although wife said she was a little cold at times but hey ho great place as always

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