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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Where the hubby proposed

jen m, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Hilda a place in my heart from my childhood as well as where the hubby proposed .... will always return to the castle

Great river walk

cheffy5, Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
We walked along the river and came back via the Castle, it was magnificent, the keep in relatively good shape, with superb views over to the sea.

Atmospheric castle

Mark N, Loughborough, United Kingdom
A nice small sized castle which has a very nice charm to it. There's enough of the original buildings to allow you to visualise how it could have been in its hey day. We had a great time four adults wondering around the castle looking at every room, building and stair case. A great place to spend an hour or two. Whilst we visited on a cold day the welcome was warm, the scenery just as pleasant and the atmosphere perfect. We even managed to help a couple of children hunt down some of the hidden secrets. Would love to visit again on a warm day and would recommend a visit to anyone visiting the area.

Grand day out

Plan your visit to coincide with one of the events, take a packed lunch as there is no food available. The heritage is worth a visit on the "ferry" though be prepared for a walk. There are a few decent eateries in Warkworth for lunch or evening meal but few other amenities. Stay in Amble, its cheaper, less than 2 miles away and has more about it.

Fantastic building

Stuart B, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Unfortunately closed during the week at this time of year... But an absolutely fabulous building in a great village - the way the castle dominates the view at the top of the hill is incredible.

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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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