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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(Child (5-15 years))
(Family (2 adults, 3 children))
(English Heritage Member)
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
Dogs / pets allowed
Dogs / pets allowed
Gift shop on site
Child / family friendly
Good audio tour. Lovely setting. Interesting history. English Heritage owned. Nearby hermitage is interesting but small and expensive if you are not a member. For those with access issues there are lots of steps and the hermitage is 1/2 mike away and down steep steps, slope and short row boat ride.
Hermitage via boat
First time I have visited Warkworth when the boat was available to visit the Hermitage. Well worth a visit! The guide was informative and friendly. The boat is available July / August.
Walls, Turrets & a Moat , everything a Castle should be !
Phil C, Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Worth a visit , we went on a Medieval day , so the place was full with plenty going on. Have to pay for carpark , but cost is refunded from the castle ticket office so make sure you take you reimbursement slip off your ticket. , plenty of place for the kids to run and explore. Some great views of the surrounding country side from the castles tower
A must for Tourists
Mark S, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
This was recommended as a must visit attraction, a castle perched on a mound. We were not disappointed, the ruins are a splendid site together with great views. A car park is situated adjacent to the castle, the fee for parking is refunded on entrance, this castle is owned by National Heritage, one of Northumberland's many great castles.
Family holiday visit
gracebouch, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We visit this castle every time we come to warkworth. The kids love it. There is so much to explore in all the ruins or just sit and take in the view good parking and VERY helpful staff. A must if you go to Warkworth