The magnificent cross-shaped keep of Warkworth, crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in Northumberland.
The castle's most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. Wielding almost kingly power in the north, their influence reached its apogee under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son 'Harry Hotspur', hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare's 'Henry IV'.
Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent 'kingmakers' both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths. Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century.
It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls.
Half a mile from the castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessibly only by boat, stands a much more peaceful building: the late medieval cave Hermitage and chapel of a solitary holy man.
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(Child (5-15 years))
(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
(English Heritage Member)
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
Gift shop on site
Never gets boring
Cindy F, Amble, United Kingdom
Amazing place. Took my daughter and her French exchange friend here. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Steeped in history and walk along river after visiting the castle, just amazing.
A Visit to Warkworth Castle
aramis, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
We were en route to Craster, and decided to stop and visit Warkworth Castle which was on our way. It wasn't a nice day, overcast but at least not raining, so ok to walk around. There are are some quite steep steps in places, where you'd have to be careful if they were wet. It's quite a large castle, and worth taking time to explore. The castle has various large interior rooms, but not many artefacts or furnishings which was a bit disappointing. However there's a lot of history as the castle dates from the 12th century, and there are fine views from the upper windows. Best views of the castle are from the grounds either inner or outer. The car-park is pay-and-display, but you get your money back on entry to the castle. English Heritage members get in free, but others must pay an entry charge.
jeffmorrod, Paris, France
If you like castle visits, this is a really good one. The state of preservation of Walkworth is good, particularly the keep. The audio guide is free and well worth it, as the site is much easier to understand when you are guided around. The setting is fantastic, it is very picturesque. The gentleman at the ticket office/shop was very friendly and helpful, and it was great to get a hot drink there after walking around on a cold day. If you're visiting Northumberland, this is well worth a special visit.
astridc00per, Kettering, United Kingdom
Do visit Warkworth - its well worth a visit, located splendidly at the top of the village of Warkworth. Full of history, fabulous grounds, sweeping views across to Amble - a perfect day out for everyone!
A walk from Amble to the castle
erixsj, London, United Kingdom
For a ruined castle it was remarkably intact. Fab place to visit, staff very well informed. Free audio is a bonus, but the guide book is also very good. Worth the walk to the little boat across to the Hermitage, but check coz the Hermitage closes for winter. Thoroughly enjoyed our day out here.