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
Another phenomenal English Heritage site
JonnieBGood317, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Had a wonderful family outing with my wife and pup! That’s what makes the majority of English Heritage sites brilliant, we get to take our 9 yo Yorkie with us. We did the audio tour and it was well worth the time/tour. Well performed by the voice actors and takes you on a logical trip through the site.
DGM778, Vancouver, Canada
Very well preserved castle with excellent guide information to help you understand the historical significance of the castle amd owners. Very nice walk along river to priory. Village is next door and very pretty spot to wander and have lunch Enjoy!!
BexC711, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. The audio tour is a particular highlight. The guide book is also very informative (priced at £4).
Warkworth castle trip
ecarrphotography, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Lovely trip to warkworth castle over the Christmas holidays . Stunning views at different points of the castle! Would recommend using the headset as the experience lasts longer and is really informative on the history of the castle. Perfect afternoon out !
davesherwoodontrips, Chingford, United Kingdom
Incredible grounds that are well kept. Not much reading material so the free audio guide will be the most informative option. Very quiet when we went early morning on NYE. I imagine it being very popular in the summer months.