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
13/09/2018

Great history


Sandra S, Sydney, Australia
Loved visiting the castle for the second time. Enjoyed exploring the private staterooms and the lower sections of the castle on the history of the employees involved in WW1. Tried the cafe for coffee and cake this time. Was pretty ordinary and disappointing for the price. Think they could do better with the cake selection!
tripadvisor
13/09/2018

Fairy tale castle


Ian M, Guildford, United Kingdom
As we were staying in Alnwick for a week, we visited the castle on the first day and took advantage of the offer to have our tickets "unlocked" so that we may re-visit as often as we like over the next 12 months at no cost. The castle is splendid in every way and covers a massive area. There are a great range of items of interest so there should be something to appeal to everyone. There were displays for Harry Potter fans as well as jesters and the opportunity to try one's archery skills. There were various food outlets and a huge number of picnic tables dotted about the grounds. As National Trust members we visit many ancient buildings and this is one of the best. Finally, unusually in my experience, a great many of the staff were youngsters and all the staff were enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable. A splendid day out suitable for the whole family
tripadvisor
13/09/2018

A full day!


David S, Bolton, United Kingdom
We bought a castle and garden ticket in advance but didn’t get round to the garden. Lots of activities happening in the grounds broomstick flying training (it was Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films) and talks about amour. The castle is huge and fascinating. Also very regal but homely.
tripadvisor
12/09/2018

Harry potter castle


Karen B, Warrington, England, United Kingdom
Had a fantastic time here. Lots to see for all ages. The history of the castle. The views are fantastic. For children they have the broom experience learning how to fly like Harry potter.
tripadvisor
12/09/2018

Nice castle , pity about the theme park.


Ludders_11, Gravesend, United Kingdom
This is a castle I have always wanted to visit. Not because of any films but for its history and the gardens. Being a member of Historic Houses it cost us nothing to enter, but we did pay £3 for the car park, and with a reduction for being a member of English Heritage a £2 reduction in the garden price. The castle is a picture to look at and the rooms very interesting. I understand why so much is made of Harry Potter, but all year round? I wanted to visit after the school holidays to avoid the theme park antics. But no, there were school parties everywhere. I’m sure they loved learning how to ride a broomstick etc. The gardens however are another thing. They are really good. The water features magnificent, worth the money. My wife preferred the gardens over the castle, and I must agree they made the day. Well done to the gardeners. We ate at one of the fish and chip shops. I know it was late ( after 3pm) but the fish was not very good. I wanted a large cod, but they had none so gave me two small ones. Should have gone for the sausage and chips. Would I visit again. Probably not.

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