Warkworth Castle

Warkworth Castle
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The magnificent cross-shaped keep of Warkworth, crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in Northumberland.

The castle's most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. Wielding almost kingly power in the north, their influence reached its apogee under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son 'Harry Hotspur', hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare's 'Henry IV'.

Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent 'kingmakers' both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths. Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century.

It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls.

Half a mile from the castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessibly only by boat, stands a much more peaceful building: the late medieval cave Hermitage and chapel of a solitary holy man.

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Ticketing and entry prices for Warkworth Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
per ticket
(Child (5-15 years))
per ticket
Concession 1
per ticket
(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
per ticket
(English Heritage Member)
per ticket

Dates & times for Warkworth Castle, Warkworth

From To
Times between 25/02/2017 and 31/03/2017
Sun10:00 - 16:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat10:00 - 16:00


Special offers

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Dogs / pets allowed at Warkworth Castle Historic sites Attraction Dogs / pets allowed
Toilet Facilities at Warkworth Castle Historic sites Attraction Toilet facilities
Picnic area at Warkworth Castle Historic sites Attraction Picnic area
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Gift shop on site at Warkworth Castle Historic sites Attraction Gift shop on site
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Dogs welcome throughout the castle.

BigD87, Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Fantastic Castle, it is a lot larger on the inside than it appears from the outside. Good value at £20 for 4 of us including car parking. The Dog was free. One of many beautiful castles in Northumberland.

Great Place To Visit

Mike H,
This was our first visit with my wife and two children aged 5 and 2yrs. When you go in the shop at the site is quite small and doesn't have a lot for sale though they do offer hot drinks. On a nice day I would bring a picnic to eat on the grass or picnic tables inside the castle and enjoy viewing what's there. Or a quick walk into the town offers plenty of nice places to eat if you want something more substantial. The member of staff there on our visit was very friendly and helpful. They offer an audio tour which is quite good and recommended. The castle is a great place to look around with plenty to see even if the castle isn't as big as somewhere like Dover. My 5yr old loved the visit and found it hugely interesting, his opinion being 'It's the best castle ever!' I found things a bit more difficult with our 2yr old as there are quite a lot of stone stairs, etc which he could easily fall down, so if you have younger children you'll need to keep an eye in them. Other than that we had a lovely time, it is a very interesting place to visit, we will be going back. There is paid parking at the site, however you get this back when you pay to get into the castle.

fabulous experience

Danny B, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
this is a wonderful example of a Medieval castle, very interesting visit, you have the benefit of a handset which gives you all the information


sulisk2016, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Just took a few pictures round the outside as it was open for the public in the week. Just love this place.

Stunning place to visit

Chris_GB1612QZ, Ripponden, United Kingdom
One of the very best castles I have visited. Friendly staff and superbly run. They manage to convey the essence of the history of the building and the famous Percy family. Well worth a visit!

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Photo: http://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Warkworth-Castle/vn-medium-Castle-and-Keep.jpg

URL: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworthcastle

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