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

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(Child (5-15 years))
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Concession 1
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(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
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Nice castle

Whilst on holiday in the area we visited Warkworth Castle for the day. There is a car park on site with easy access to the castle and village. The staff were very friendly on arrival, being Heritage members it didn’t cost us anything to get in. There was an event on with a barber surgeon giving a demonstration and talk about the various forms of medicine practices in medieval times. There was also the Warwick Warriors on that day which were highly entertaining and informative. The Castle itself is actually in good shape for a ruin with plenty for the children and adults to explore. Take a picnic on a nice day as there is plenty of space to enjoy. Great day out.

Magnificent castle in s charming village

Knitter8, London, United Kingdom
This was, for us, not as well known as the other castles in the area. But is a lovely ruin with a river walk. Along the river there is a boatman who takes you across to the hermitage, which is small house and chapel in the rock on the other side. All very interesting and run by English Heritage. The village is worth a visit too and is just outside the castle.

Setting just right

Clive P, Peterborough, United Kingdom
On a Hill overlooking Warkworth and the Coquet River, could not have a better setting. Had walk along river first to point boat crosses to the Hermitage. Only operate around weekends. Could not see across river but was nice walk which takes you back to the castle. Castle opened slightly later than 10.00 advertised. Event on today Medieval Knights fighting and demonstrating making armour. Actually took me only about 45 minutes to see everything. Well worth a visit though.

Fun for all

JannyMay, Lancashire, United Kingdom
This well restored castle provides an enjoyable afternoon for all ages. There are activities on throughout the day for children to take part in (when we visited there was a re-enactment of Robin Hood) which are fun to watch even if you don't have children with you. The castle is fascinating and gives a real insight into how the castle was lived in. The price of £7.50 was good value and it was nice to have the £3.20 parking fee re-imbursed on admission to the castle. Also, dog friendly.

Not worth the admission charge

Squbster, Lincoln, United Kingdom
This ruin run by national trust is expensive to enter and does not deliver. I certainly could not recommend it. Also on the publicised castle walk there isva Hermitage on the river which at another fiver per person is a rip off.

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Photo: https://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Warkworth-Castle/vn-medium-Castle-and-Keep.jpg

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

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