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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Concession 1
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(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
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A Really Imposing Castle

Cliff J, London, United Kingdom
Warkworth is a really imposing Castle and dominates the local area and there are some great views of the surrounding countryside from the castle walls. We were here about a year ago and the system then was to pay for parking and get you money back when you paid your entrance money or showed your English Heritage (EH) card. Thankfully this pointless and waste of time exercise has changed and you no longer have to pay for parking if you are an EH member and your car is showing an EH sticker. The main castle keep is intact but there is very little furniture inside, in keeping with most EH properties. Make sure you have one of the audio guides which are excellent. If the Hermitage is open make time to visit; it's about a half mile walk up river to the ferry boat and the EH staff will give you directions.

A great castle with an amazing history.

Val H, Bodmin, United Kingdom
This castle really is a gem of history and kids would love it, especially the Keep which is full of rooms to explore. No furniture here - just take your imagination back to how comfortable "upstairs" could be and how "below stairs" serviced them. Great fireplaces for warmth, tapestries and fine dining. An astonishing stronghold cleverly designed. Loved it all.

Lovely castle and grounds

The two ladies at the admissions desk were helpful but not pushy which is just how I like it, we chose not to take the audio guide but with hindsight I wish I had. Beautiful castle with loads of little rooms and staircases, I especially loved the massive fireplaces in the kitchen. The grounds are very well kept and it's a ten minute walk to get along to the boat for the Hermitage, check for times as when we went it was only open on Sundays and Mondays. The guy who was rowing visitors back and forth across the river was great and even though it was clear he was very busy he made time to give everyone the necessary information and was happy to answer questions. Everything was dog friendly. Car park was £3 or free for English Heritage members. Toilets in the car park and also down in the village were free.


Kaycee J, Manchester, United Kingdom
Lovely castle and for the first time we visited the hermitage. It's a bit of a walk along the riverside but well worth it for the wildlife and views. Very sheltered along there too. Will return

Fascinating castle

brenkim62, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Really interesting castle, definitely recommend using the audio guide which is free. The admission price is fair considering the upkeep needed. Lovely, well kept grounds. We didn’t get time to go the The Hermitage but would love to on another visit.

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

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