Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle
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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!

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Alnwick Castle features in the itinerary...
A good family day out
Lights, camera, action


Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
(17+ years)
annual pass
(60+ years, student or disabled)
annual pass
(5-16 years)
annual pass
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
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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hurajt4, Spring Valley, Wisconsin
We stayed in the castle for a couple nights and it was a very basic room but had a view of the castle ground outside and a faux fireplace that was cute.

Fantastic for all ages!

littletm, Lexington, Kentucky
We visited this site on a 21-day cruise excursion and it may have been the most enjoyable. This is still a "working" castle, in the sense that the owners live in it part of the year. The grounds and gardens are fabulous, but the interior is what is so special. Parts of Harry Potter were filmed here, and those locations are very obvious. In addition, two Christmas episodes of Downton Abbey were filmed here and the dining room was set as it was in the series, with place cards, table settings, etc. They also display some of the costumes from the series. There's a video showing how the shows were filmed, including interviews with the owners and staff. There's a display of carriages used, as well as a variety of props. While we were there, a "camp" for children was being conducted. On that day, the students were apparently learning to use broomsticks. We had a couple of hours and could easily have spent more time enjoyably. You don't need a guide inside the castle, because everything is well marked and explained. It's just a fabulous place on many levels. If you're anywhere near this location, it's a "must see." We traveled from Edinburgh, Scotland to visit - about 2 hours.

Words can't describe the magesty

Kay_USA1, Bosque Farms, New Mexico
This is an amazing place to spend the afternoon with your family. There are many activities for children and adults alike. It is akin to a theme park. If crowds and children are not desirable, don't go.

very pretty and interactive

Caroline C,
amazing castle, you can visit it and the library is absolutly stunning ! You can take a broomstick class before visiting the castle, in the exact location of the place where the broomstick scene had been filmed !! Very good for children as well

another plus for scotland

amclaren213, Stirling, United Kingdom
I have visited the castle last year It is a great place for the young and old.Popular with tourists .Keeps the children happy.In recent years the owners of castles have opened them up.This is a money matter.Many years ago the castle owners would not have let the public near them and would have had them prosecuted if they strayed near their grounds.Now they welome the public for money and the public do not need to go to the back door of the castle with cap in hand.Not happy days but very changed days

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