Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1NG

+44 (0)1665 511 100

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Overview

History on a grand scale

Dubbed the ‘Windsor of the North,’ Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and has been 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 and previously appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.

 

Sumptuous State Rooms

The lavish Italian Renaissance style interiors of the State Rooms are contained like a jewel within Alnwick Castle’s magnificent fortified exterior. Originally remodelled as a family home by the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and beautifully restored in the 19th Century, these luxurious interiors are a vision to behold.  

The 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 at the Palace of Versailles. From the windows of each room, the castle's grounds can be admired, and beyond them, the landscape created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. 

 

Daily tours and talks

Take a free tour with our knowledgeable guides and transport yourself into Alnwick Castle’s tumultuous Norman past and remarkable family history. These educational and engaging guided tours reference the Castle's long history, origins, uses and restorations, and include stories of the fascinating people whose presence has graced Alnwick Castle over the past 900 years. 

Discover more about the castle's exquisite State Rooms and its priceless antiquities, as well as anecdotes from the castle's recent use as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters. 

Join one of our guides for a snapshot 10-Minute Talk, exploring one of the castle's many stories. If you would like to learn more about a particular item, character, or period of Alnwick Castle's history during your visit, learn about something new, or simply don't have time for a full guided tour, then 10-Minute Talks are for you! With new subjects every day, there's always more to discover.

 

Museums and exhibitions

Discover the stories of bravery and loss experienced by the Northumberland Fusiliers, learn about the fascinating archaeological artefacts in the Castle Museum and delve into the stories of the volunteers who were prepared to defend England’s shores against the French at the opening of the 19th century.  

To commemorate the centenary year of WWI, the newly refurbished Constable's Tower shall re-open to the public in June 2018. Displaying thought provoking objects and recollecting harrowing stories, this exhibition is a homage to those whom sacrificed their life for Europe's freedom. 

 

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.

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 are free with admission. View Alnwick Castle's full events calendar.

Artisan's Courtyard

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 Artisan's Courtyard arena.

Flying broomsticks!

Potter fans young and old can take part in Alnwick's infamous broomstick training sessions, led by entertaining wizard professors.

 

Find out more

For more information and to save 10% by buying tickets online, please visit www.alnwickcastle.com.


Access information

Alnwick Castle is a large visitor attraction, comprising a range of historical buildings and sweeping grounds, including an Inner and Outer Bailey and ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes. Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the castle and its grounds, disabled access is limited in some areas.

The grounds of the castle include a variety of surfaces, including cobblestones, flagstones, grass, gravel and wood. These can be uneven and steep in places, with a number of steps on the Gun Terrace.

For further information regarding accessibility, please click here.

For wheelchair/mobility scooter hire, please contact info@alnwickcastle.com or 01665 511 100


Road directions

BY CAR

Alnwick Castle is less than a mile off the A1 and is well signposted. The main castle car park is just off Denwick Lane (B1340); the postcode for the car park is NE66 1YU (parking charge is £3 per vehicle for the day).


Public transport

BY RAIL

The East Coast mainline from London to Edinburgh stops at Alnmouth station, which is four miles from Alnwick. A taxi or bus (X18) can be taken from Alnmouth station (a journey of approximately 10 minutes).

Visitors would travel to Alnwick Castle by rail are eligible for a 20% discount on Castle only tickets! For further details, please visit Good Journey

 

BY BUS

There are bus stops and a bus station in the centre of Alnwick, with buses connecting Alnwick to the surrounding towns as well as the city of Newcastle (the X15 and X18 buses both run from Haymarket bus station). It is approximately a five minute walk to the castle from the bus station.

Visitors who travel to the castle by an Arriva bus are eligible for a 20% discount on Castle tickets! For further details, please visit Good Journey
 

BY AIR AND SEA

Newcastle International Airport and the Port of Tyne are 35 miles away.


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Ticketing and entry prices for Alnwick Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(17+ years)
1
£16.75
day ticket
Concession
(60+ years, student or disabled)
1
£13.50
day ticket
Child
(5-16 years)
1
£8.85
day ticket
Family
(2 adults + up to 4 children)
6
£45.75
day ticket

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Dates & times for Alnwick Castle, Alnwick

From To
Times between 29/03/2019 and 27/10/2019
Sun10:00 - 17:30
Mon10:00 - 17:00
Tue10:00 - 17:30
Wed10:00 - 17:30
Thu10:00 - 17:30
Fri10:00 - 17:30
Sat10:00 - 17:30
 

Alnwick Castle grounds and museums are open from 10.00am-5.30pm (last admission 4.15pm). State Rooms are open 10.30am-4.30pm (Chapel closes at 3.00pm, last admission 4.00pm).

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tripadvisor
12/02/2019

A good place for Harry Potter fans


Gwen P, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This is a wonderful castle set in stunning parkland, so beautiful. If you are a Harry Potter fan one of the film sets was here and you can go to a 'learn to ride a broomstick' class. There is lots for children, a cafe and grounds to wander in.
tripadvisor
11/02/2019

From the outside the castle is iconic, from the inside the state rooms are magnificent


DonnaWashington,
This was the furthest north I went on this particular road trip and I was glad I made the trip. The iconic external parts of the castle of course we all know from Harry Potter and Downton and are a site to behold. The state rooms (you need to pick up a time coupon for entry) are truly magnificent in their splendor yet homely and I felt the best part of the whole visit. The library is heavenly. There are some fun areas to explore outside however other than the State rooms, which are few in number, and a good walk around I felt there was a limited amount of things for adults to do, very much kid orientated. I would suggest combining this with some other outings as otherwise it would be a bit disappointing but well worth it none the less.
tripadvisor
28/01/2019

The wizard trail of Alnwick Castle - fantastic!


a_woroch,
My husband took me there as a pre birthday surprise as i am a massive Harry Potter geek! It was the wizard week at Alnwick! We both had an amzing time, i took the broomstick flying lessons, got picture with Harry and Dumbledore and ended uo having picnic-lunch in the castle gardens overlooking the castle. What an amazing day it was! Defo recommend it to everybody especially HP fans like me ;)
tripadvisor
23/01/2019

Lunch with Santa Family experience


676suzanneb, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
We booked months ago to attend the Alnwick Castle lunch with Santa. We became disappointed with our local attractions after they became overbooked, so we felt this (for the price) would give us a better experience. i'm going to start with the good, the room was beautiful, christmas trees everywhere and an area with thrones for santa at one end and the bar at the other. Water and high quality gold crackers were provided on the table and the bar was not over priced. there must have been 20 - 25 tables of families ranging in size and we had plenty of space. atmosphere was lovely. food was hot and delicious and portions were good. negatives. service was one table at a time with around 2-3 servers carrying food, needless to say the table served first were finished before we had received our meal (and we were about half way through the service) but it was worth the wait. just hard to keep impatient kids waiting that long, especially if you are the last table served. the santa wasn't the best, he entered with the ring of his bell and lots of 'ho ho ho merry christmas' shouts, but his costume and beard were very cheap and the beard was wonky from the off and our 6 year old knew he wasnt the 'real santa'. we have seen much better at places like beamish and even a local garden centres. we didnt have much time with santa to talk to him and let the kids tell him their dreams for xmas. It was more 'take a present and have a picture' and i felt a longer experience would have been better and more questions from santa would have been nice. However.. the kids still enjoyed it. All in all i give it 4 stars because food was great, service was slow but the food was great and the bar wasnt expensive. atmosphere was lovely and aside from a 'wonky beard santa' it was a brilliant event. Lovely way to spend a Sunday.
tripadvisor
04/01/2019

Great day out


Odyssey729223,
We took the opportunity to have a day here after our week on Lindisfarne island. Lots to see and do. Spent 4 or 5 hours here and watched the jugglers performing in the rain. I think the Harry Potter connection is a bit overrated though.

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