Alnwick Castle

Estates Office
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1NQ

+44 (0)1665 511 100

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Overview

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!

Find out more

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

Alnwick Castle features in the itinerary...
A good family day out
Lights, camera, action

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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(17+ years)
1
£15.50
annual pass
Concession
(60+ years, student or disabled)
1
£12.75
annual pass
Child
(5-16 years)
1
£8.00
annual pass
Family
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
6
£42.00
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
05/01/2018

Lovely


justmeandmycat2018, Hertford, United Kingdom
Full of history and lots of familiar film set scenes. Great experiences for kids to be involved in too.
tripadvisor
01/01/2018

Amazing


Kathryn S, Evesham, United Kingdom
An adventurous place to visit. After watching Harry Potter and also Downton Abbey, we were actually there when they were filming Downton, it was just spectacular to be there. My daughters dressed up in the dragon section and attempted broomstick training.
tripadvisor
31/12/2017

Great to potter around


gelvisblue, Skipton, United Kingdom
A full day out. Great value for money. Take the guided tour, which is really informative and entertaining (regarding the history of the Castle and the filming of Harry Potter there). The gardens are amazing!
tripadvisor
27/12/2017

Christmas Party


LyndseyMc17,
My self and seven friends went to Alnwick Castle for our Christmas party on the 16th December in the main guest hall. This was our second year at having our Xmas party at the castle and have got to say was amazing. We were greeted with a free glass of prosecco on arrival, guest hall decorated beautifully with a huge Xmas tree. Staff very attentive and happy to help taken group photos for guests all smiles and cheerful. Food was totally out of this world from start to finish mouth waterling good, complements to the chef and other kitchen staff. Live band and disco on till 11.30ish, guest all up dancing and singing what more could you ask for. Well worth the money and will defiantly be back again next year.
tripadvisor
14/12/2017

Trading on Downtown and Potter


MikenMissy, Grimsby, United Kingdom
The castle is very imposing and extensive, however access to the main interior is somewhat limited and mainly constrained to The State rooms. Whilst these are stunning (having recently been renovated) you feel that there could have been more. This thirst is not satiated by the other attractions, which are principally for children; inherently the whole experience would make a good family day out.

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