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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(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
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wonderful ruins

Carole122, Cullompton, United Kingdom
We parked outside, it cost £3 but we were able to claim this back on visiting the castle. There is quite a lot still intact and we had headsets which clearly explained the function of the rooms inside the castle. There is more to see than first anticipated. Friendly staff. We walked in to town afterwards and had lunch before returning to the car. Small shop with hot drinks and snacks available, but no café on site.

A really dramatic castle

rogerrobert98, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
One of the best of Northumberland's castles. Park on the grass by the entrance is charged for but members get a rebate. Nice walk into town or along the river. The Hermitage is a mile and a half upstream and you need to get across in the boat


ronnieegan, Auchmithie ,Scotland
An impressive structure visible from the roadside made us want to see more. A good bit of the castle is still intact. Some of the stairs are a bit tricky if you`re not too steady on your feet. It is old after all! Lots of small rooms & chambers to explore as you wander around. Nothing too exciting to see, just an interesting bit of history. The lady at the entry desk is very helpful & not at all pushy in trying to get you to take extra items for your tour.

Worth a visit

Anne H, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Plenty of adventure for young ones ,lots of passages to explore.Not far from Alnwick. Bit expensive to explore.Mixed family group.

Beautiful and atmospheric - worth a vist.

roos1ter, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We were looking to visit on a day of wonderful sunshine and blue sky, and the castle was at it's very best. Lovely grounds, and extremely atmospheric interiors. Well worth a visit

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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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