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
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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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Harry spotter

blueboytwo, kent
Rain again but the ticket office men were really patient. If you endorse the ticket it gives you a years free entrance. We missed the gardens due to the rain, but the house was lovely and it flowed well. The cafe was good not rip off prices. So over all day went well other than the rain

Excellent well maintained castle and grounds

Andy W, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
This is a very interesting place . Had a guided ( free ) tour around the castle and then went on to visit the state rooms which are excellent . I paid about £40 incl parking to visit both the Castle and the Gardens and overall I think this is good value for what you get .


Came here with my partner. Spent a fantastic day. Full of History and so very beautiful. Staff are very informative. Wish i could come more often. Stunning views of beautiful countryside. We are so lucky to have this in Northumberland.


Moonraker71, Caterham, United Kingdom
This was probably the one place we were looking forward to most. Unfortunately we have come away highly disappointed. We arrived at 09:55 as we knew about getting tickets for different activities. Broomstick training, Dragon Quest etc 1) Our 1st experience was the Dragon quest @ 10:30 first show. Doors opened we counted in and doors closed behind us. Oh dear the video didn't work much to the girl working there dismay. Didn't matter how many times she hit the button. Then through a opening in the wall to a maze of glass mirrors. Ending up with watching a video of a witch. The automatic gate wouldn't open. Same girl came running in to open it. Still wouldn't open. Ending up going through the no entry area to get to the next room. 2) Lunch at the cafe in the castle 12:10 run by Alnwick Castle. Queued for a while was ignored by members of staff while they went about others duties. Eventually caught the eye of a young member of staff. Asked if they had Gluten Free Bread was informed they did and could make me a sandwich. Waited while our my other half and 3 kids selected what they wanted. To my dismay the young lad came back a while later informing me they now couldn't make the Gluten Free sandwich. Asked what else they could help me with. An older gentleman points to a jacket potato and tells me that or a cake. Queued to pay at the hot plate till. Finally get to the front to then be told if you're paying by card you'll need to go and queue at the drinks till on the other side. Walked out. No sale today in here with me. Went down to the cafe in the Alnwick gardens run by a private company. Couldn't have been more helpful, even brought my sandwiches with salad garnish on a plate. I even got 2 sandwiches. Even for the kids the food range was better in this cafe. The food boxes contained a choice of 5 items. At the castle cafe they only got a sandwich. Everything else was on top. 3) Poison Garden. Don't go late in the day. It seemed rushed the guy kept looking at his watch. We walked past so many plants without explanation why they were in there. First 5mins was all about the drug awareness tours they do free of charge for schools from any donations we will now put in the coffin. So to sum it up. Family ticket 2 Adults and 3 children. £3 car parking charge. £65.70 entry charge to the castle and garden. £35.55 for lunch Save yourself some money take a packed lunch with you. The Broomstick Training was the best bit of the day. It was highly entertaining and the 2 chaps running it had everyone involved eating out of their hands.

Day visit

DW62, Chessington, United Kingdom
Very good Castle that has been in the same family for nearly 1000 years.Used for many Film sets which is used the good advantage, but sufficient History to interest if you don't watch Films

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