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.
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. View Alnwick Castle's full events calendar.
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.
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.
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, please click here.
For wheelchair/mobility scooter hire, please contact email@example.com or 01665 511 100
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).
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).
Visitors would travel to Alnwick Castle by rail are eligible for a 20% discount on Castle only tickets! For further details, please visit Good Journey
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.
Visitors who travel to the castle by an Arriva bus are eligible for a 20% discount on Castle tickets! For further details, please visit Good Journey
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
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(60+ years, student or disabled)
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
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Dates & times for Alnwick Castle, Alnwick
|Times between 29/03/2019 and 27/10/2019|
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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