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
£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
17/09/2017

Must Visit


sidjen2015, Blackburn, United Kingdom
So much history and so well preserved and presented. So much to see and do. The castle is in excellent condition as you would expect as it is an actual home of the Duke of Northumberland.
tripadvisor
17/09/2017

Amazing


Sonicacaca123, Durham, United Kingdom
You must not miss out of visiting Alnwick Castle, it is an amazing place, with so much to see and do. We learnt how to fly a broomstick, archery, dragon slaying. A visit in the dungeons, around the fabulous house, what an amazing place
tripadvisor
17/09/2017

Magical day out


MPod18, Leeds, United Kingdom
Not the best of weather - which probably helped with the amount of people who were there, but what an amazing afternoon spent visiting the castle and grounds. Due to the time we visited, we only decided to tour the castle but it's great value for money - kids under 5 going free - and we can visit again as many times for the next year. The castle is full of history and surprises - worth the tour. Lots to do for kids - although young children should avoid the dragon experience. A brilliant afternoon and we'll definitely return and next time visit the gardens.
tripadvisor
17/09/2017

Highly recommend


trickyniki74,
My husband and I visited Alnwick Castle together on a beautiful September day and enjoyed it enormously. We will remember our day for a long time. I just wish I could have taken photos of inside the castle as well as the beautiful grounds. The ceilings inside the rooms were amazing.
tripadvisor
16/09/2017

Fun for everyone


Challenger01, Calgary, Canada
We're not huge Harry Potter fans but that won't stop you from enjoying the castle. Combined castle and garden tour for 29 GBP. No pictures allowed in the castle, no wifi. The Alnwick Castle is owned by Ralph Perry, the 12th Duke of Northumberland and is constantly improving the castle. Lots of daily activities including broomstick training, dragon quest, and children's activities. Gift shops and cafes. Enjoy a self guided tour and a walk around the grounds. Don't forget to take in the tree house before you enter into the grounds.

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