Alnwick Castle

Estates Office
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1NQ

+44 (0)1665 511 100

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Overview

History on a grand scale

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country; home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK's most significant heritage destinations and best days out in Northumberland.

The castle's rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpowder plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England's most celebrated knight: Harry Hotspur.

In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, featuring as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey's 2014 and 2015 Christmas specials and previously appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.

Family days out

At the castle there is so much to entertain adults and children alike, making a family day out full of fun and history.

Tickets to the castle can be validated for unlimited free visits for 12 months at no extra cost (read T&Cs), so you can take advantage of all the fantastic events throughout the season.

Events programme

Entertainment from fire-eating jesters, courageous knights, master falconers, and medieval artisans (and even the occasional dragon!) takes place throughout the castle's open season.

All performances and activities all free with admission. View Alnwick Castle's full events calendar.

Knight's Quest

Aspiring knights and princesses can follow in the footsteps of Harry Hotspur, as they dress up in medieval finery and try their hand at free traditional crafts, swordplay and medieval games in the bustling Knight's Quest arena.

From battleaxes to broomsticks

Alnwick Castle's rich history is brought to life on engaging guided tours, sweeping the castle's long history, origins, uses, and restorations, and including stories of the fascinating people who have lived there over the past 900 years. 

Costumed guides also provide engaging history of the castle's grounds, including behind-the-scenes anecdotes from its starring film roles.

Potter fans young and old can take part in Alnwick's infamous broomstick training sessions, led by entertaining wizard professors.

Sumptuous State Rooms

The castle's State Rooms are filled with one of the country’s finest private art and furniture collections, including work by Canaletto, Titian, Van Dyck, Turner, and Dobson; an extensive gallery of Meissen, Chelsea, and Paris porcelain; and the priceless Cucci cabinets, originally created for Louis XIV of France.

Children can keep their eyes peeled for the tiny cuddly lions hidden in each room!

Find out more

For more information and to save 10% by buying tickets online, please visit www.alnwickcastle.com.


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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(17+ years)
1
£15.50
annual pass
Concession
(60+ years, student or disabled)
1
£12.75
annual pass
Child
(5-16 years)
1
£8.00
annual pass
Family
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
6
£42.00
annual pass

Save 10% by buying online. Tickets to Alnwick Castle are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, validate in visitor admissions when you visit (see website for T&Cs).

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tripadvisor
19/05/2017

Awesome


debbiedevil, tamworth, staffs
I've always wanted to visit and had really high expectations. It was even better than I imagined. So well kept, it's a lived in castle with some beautiful works of art. Fish and chips was really tasty, clearly freshly cooked. Loved dressing up in the Knights quest area. Guides were really friendly and happy to answer any questions, they have really thought of everything
tripadvisor
18/05/2017

Castle / Gardens


bikerchick_50_13, co. durham. uk
A must see venue of the Northumberland area, we could have spent more time just in the castle, we had a guided tour of various rooms which was very helpful, & for no extra charge we purchased a unlimited ticket for castle and gardens for a year so we are looking forward to returning later in the year.
tripadvisor
18/05/2017

Holiday visit


Jenny M, Exeter, United Kingdom
Very interesting castle. We went with a guide which gave you more of the history rather than just wandering around on your own. The state rooms were wonderful and of course it is still a family home.
tripadvisor
18/05/2017

Great visit


Steve B,
Great day out take in as many talks / walks as you can we have already been back twice and we only came up Saturday
tripadvisor
18/05/2017

Worth visiting


Goldenwords, Burnley, Lancs
Have wanted to visit Alnwick Castle for a long time and it did not disappoint. The state rooms are a joy especially the porcelain collection. We took our time to appreciate what was on display and there was plenty. Depending on what you would like best there seemed to be all sorts of artifacts. Plenty of guides to ask questions should you want to know more. The public areas were well maintained, had lunch in the cafe in the castle but wished we had gone to the cafe in the gardens much nicer and more choice.

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