Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle
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History on a grand scale

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country; 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's 2014 and 2015 Christmas specials and previously appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.

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.

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.

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 all free with admission. View Alnwick Castle's full events calendar.

Knight's Quest

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 Knight's Quest arena.

From battleaxes to broomsticks

Alnwick Castle's rich history is brought to life on engaging guided tours, sweeping the castle's long history, origins, uses, and restorations, and including stories of the fascinating people who have lived there over the past 900 years. 

Costumed guides also provide engaging history of the castle's grounds, including behind-the-scenes anecdotes from its starring film roles.

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

Sumptuous State Rooms

The castle's 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.

Children can keep their eyes peeled for the tiny cuddly lions hidden in each room!

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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
(17+ years)
annual pass
(60+ years, student or disabled)
annual pass
(5-16 years)
annual pass
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
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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Miss Elen K,
Brilliant family day out especially with Harry Potter fans among us. Beautiful castles and grounds with lots going on - beautiful gardens, animals and broomstick training! Stunning to the see castle too. Would definitely recommend

Get your wonderful ready

Second time to this wonderful family. ILY attraction. Weather you want to be steeped in history visit beautiful gardens or wish to view scenes from Harry potter or transformers this place is a must.

What a Fantastic Day at the Castle.

Brian J, Adelaide, Australia
Alnwick Castle would have to be one of Best days of our two month holiday, this place had everything from the History, to the activity's for children and adults & even the stories from the movies that were made here. The activity's we dressed up like a Princess & King and had our photos taken also they had adventure through the Dragons Quest. From the Harry Potter films we learned how to ride a Broomstick,then we walked through the Dungeon and was told a story about them, then they had a tour about films that were made here like Robin Hood,Black Addah,Prince of Thieves & Downton Abbey. We learnt that the 12th Earl of Northumberland lives here with his family for 7 months of the year and the other 5 months of the year they live not that far away in Scotland. Great Day Thank You.

Gorgeous grounds, lots to do in the gardens and/or the castle

simonmckenna2, St Helens, United Kingdom
Alnwick Castle and Gardens provides a great day out for families and couples. Both often have seasonal themed events, such as Christmas, Halloween and Harry Potter but even outside these times they have trails and activities for children to enjoy. You could easily spend a day here and a visit to the Treehouse, with its rope bridges, is always a treat for children. Parking is available across the road from the Gardens and food and drink is available on site. There are lots of water features in the Gardens and these are great for children to play in, although not so great on a cold day.

Harry Potter Adventure!

szatz, Toronto
A visit to Alnwick Castle makes a wonderful day trip for Harry Potter Enthusiasts and lovers of British history alike! There is something for both kids and adults here that makes it a magical day. The included tours are wonderful and really give a great sense of the site both historically as well as its use in recent films. I particularly enjoyed being able to fly on a broomstick ;). Just a note to fellow solo travellers, that this site really is more accessible by car. While I did take the train and then bus from Edinburgh, it was a bit onerous as the bus itself is very irregular. It is possible to get her by public transit, but it would have been wonderful if there had been more frequent bus service, or a shuttle from the train station in Alnmouth (where the train stops) to the castle, especially in the busy summer tourist season. Transit aside, the nearby Alnwick Gardens, Treehouse Restaurant, and Barter Bookshop help round out a wonderful day trip! Would highly recommend!

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