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.


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

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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(17+ years)
1
£14.95
annual pass
Concession
(60+ years, student or disabled)
1
£12.50
annual pass
Child
(5-16 years)
1
£7.75
annual pass
Family
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
6
£40.00
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
19/02/2017

Great day out with the kids


Andy2012Birmingham, Birmingham
We spent a wonderful day last year with the kids. The location is great, the castle and the surrounding area beautiful and the kids had a lot to see and do. We found the staff to be quite attentive, informative and generally helpful. We would love to go back again and hopefully for a long weekend - as there are some other nice places to see nearby.
tripadvisor
13/02/2017

wonderful


linda w, alnwick
like history you will love it here its not the cheapest place to visit but well worth it especially if you get a joint ticket for alnwick gardens plenty to see for all kinds of interest gardening, history and art plenty to do for the kids a really enjoyable day out for all ages
tripadvisor
29/01/2017

gorgeous


historygeek87, Scotland, United Kingdom
absolutely stunning . fantastic staff all were lovely with the kids the garden is massively overpriced but would recommend
tripadvisor
26/01/2017

Burns Night in the Castle


Ashley G, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
We love Alnwick Castle and took the opportunity to attend their Burns Night in the Sanctuary Restaurant. We arrived and were greeted by our host and shown to our table. it was an intimate evening as the restaurant is not very big but all tables bar one were taken. The food was superb, not too much for each of the 7 courses but every one was worth waiting for. There were two narrators who gave the toast to the haggis and the lassies and told some stories, very entertaining. Whilst we really enjoyed the evening it lacked a bit of sparkle, some traditional burns night music evening in the back ground would have made the evening perfect, but we would go again
tripadvisor
24/01/2017

Alnwick Castle - do drop by if you missed Harry Potter


ZackJalaneunos, Singapore, Singapore
We drove from Edinburgh to Alnwick Castle only to find it closes during winter, after all, the Duke and Duchess can't give you a 'warm welcome' in winter. But the view from outside is majestic, such that we can take 'awards winning' photos with just our android phones. No wonder Harry Ron and Hermione were all excited to return to this 'school of magic' for the semesters

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