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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A partial restored castle done very well by English Heritage. Under £10 entrance with the option of visiting the Hermitage as an extra. There was a children’s trail in place as it was during school holidays. We visited the Hermitage, it took us approx 20 minutes to walk from the castle down to the boat which takes you across the river. Please note: I found this quite steep and uneven underfoot. The pull back up the hill is not for the faint hearted or disabled! After crossing the river with a very friendly boatman! there is a short walk along the riverside to the Hermitage which is set into the rock. I’m not sure the walk to it is worth it for me personally, but if you’re fit I wouldn’t be a problem.

Impressive ruin

Jan N, London, United Kingdom
Built on a mound this ruin gave a lovely view over the area.. We paid and used the audio tour which was helpful and gave more insight.

Architecturally spectacular, historically ace, experience poor.

£3 for car park, then £7 per person, under 5’s free. Seemed there was one member of staff for the whole place(albeit very friendly and trying their best in anterribly designed cabin come shop where the queue of more than three people means chaos!), poorly designed information that’s really only available on paying even more money for a guide book or audio tour, poor show. English heritage needs to take its head out it’s proverbial regardless of financial restrictions and sort itself out as an experience that’s informative and entertaining for families if they actually want more people in. It’s a stunning place architecturally and historically but not exploited well enough, not that well maintained nor managed sadly, could be so much more. But an ok hour or so but that’s about it unless you’re a member perhaps or pay through the nose🤔🙄. Attached the Example of some of the poor quality free information on site.

Castle and hermitage

Lovely castle, very striking. The bank's around it are covered in daffodils at the moment so looks v nice. Car park is free for members and £3 for the day for non members of English Heritage. There's a small toilet block outside the castle. After crossing the moat and drawbridge there's a small shop to your right and the ladies were very helpful. There was an Easter themed egg hunt, looking for dragon eggs and answering a question. Some of the eggs were very well hidden and very curious exploring children will find them. The kids got mini eggs after. The hermitage is a few minutes walk along the river, it's accessed by a short river boat crossing. It's not open every day so do check. The gentleman doing the crossing was great, told us about the nature you can see in that area as well as pointing out what to watch out for at the hermitage. It's a little dark inside especially on a cloudy day but the torches on our phones did a good job of showing up any carvings. It's quite steep going down from the castle however if you don't fancy the incline you can walk through the village and take the flat walk round to the base of the hill. Takes longer but is no where near as steep.


958dianneb, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Such a beautiful castle, part ruin, but there are parts you can still see intact, ideal for kids as they can explore and climb. Will certainly be back.

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

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