Warkworth Castle

Warkworth Castle
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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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Ticketing and entry prices for Warkworth Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
per ticket
(Child (5-15 years))
per ticket
Concession 1
per ticket
(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
per ticket
(English Heritage Member)
per ticket

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Angie K, Chorleywood, United Kingdom
An amazing castle and ruins, plenty of parking and the hermitage trail is a must !! Good footwear is needed and it historically full of information Parking is £3.20 but that is refunded when you buy your entry tickets Very serene and peaceful and perfect for families too

A very interesting Castle

Tom M, Andover, United Kingdom
We stopped off on our way to Alnwick and were supprised how interesting this castle was. Easy to park and simple to wander around (get the audio guide as it give you a comprehensive history of all the people who have owned it and how important it was).

Extremely slow service made us leave

Rooby1984, Durham, United Kingdom
Arrived today looking forward to it however we arrived and there was a big queue with quite possibly the slowest service to buy tickets. We paid for parking £3.10 but this would be reimbursed if you were visiting the castle and buying tickets. We stood for ages in the queue and the queue wasn't going down. Eventually we decided to leave. Whilst I don't mind waiting in a queue, I don't appreciate waiting in the queue for as long as we were today. If you want to see a castle I'd suggest going further afield to bamburgh or Alnwick.

Fascinating castle

RetiredDad, Coastal Georgia
Warkworth Castle is easy to explore, with great views. Be sure to get the audio guide to the castle. It is one of the best that I've ever experienced. This area of Northumberland is blessed with castles. Warkworth is one of the best.

Great Castle

johndumbletonukip, Barking, United Kingdom
This is a fantastic insite into medeval England and in particular Northumberland and the part this area played in English history. The castle and surrounding area is well worth a visit. Holiday wise i now prefare Northumberland to the West Country.

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URL: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworthcastle

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