Alnwick Castle

Medieval fortress and aristocratic mansion known to many as Hogwarts.

Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ

Alnwick Castle

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Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Charged parking
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Good journey mark
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
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for the latest information.

The origins of Alnwick Castle date back to the Norman period. Since 1309 its story has been intertwined with that of the Percy family, a family with a history as illustrious as the Castle’s own.

The exterior medieval castle is one of the finest in Britain – it was restored by Anthony Salvin in the mid-19th century. The interior includes lavish state rooms filled with excellent collection of Italian old masters and sculpture. The Castle is set in a wonderful park landscaped by Capability Brown.

The second largest inhabited castle in the UK, Alnwick has served as a military outpost, a teaching college, a refuge for evacuees, a film set, and not least as a family home. Delve deeper into this extraordinary history and travel through the centuries of this living, evolving castle.

Opening Times


Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden are run separately. The castle is free to visit as a Historic Houses member, while the gardens cost £14.85 per adult, which you can purchase in advance on their website here.

Alnwick Castle: 1 April to 31 October annually.

10am to 5pm 7 days a week, timeslots running every 10 minutes from 10am to 3pm.

Castle Grounds – 10:00am – 5:30pm (last entry at 3pm)
10am – 4pm Sunday 31st October (last entry 2pm)

Artisan’s Courtyard – 10:00am – 4:30pm (last entry at 4pm)
10am – 4pm Sunday 31st October (last entry at 3:30pm)

State Rooms – 10:30am – 4:30pm (last entry at 4pm)
10:30am – 3:30pm Sunday 31st October (last entry at 3pm)

Museum Towers – 10:00am – 5:30pm (last entry at 4:30pm)
10am – 4pm Sunday 31st October (last entry at 3pm)

Fusiliers Museum – 11:00am – 4:45pm (last entry at 4:30pm)
11am – 4pm Sunday 31st October (last entry at 3pm)

Courtyard Gift Shop – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Diana Gift Shop – 11:00am – 4:00pm
3:30pm closure Sunday 31st October

Stables Fryery – 11:00am – 3:30pm
2:30pm closure Sunday 31st October
The Armoury – 10:00am – 4:30pm
3pm closure Sunday 31st October

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times



Adults – £18.50
Concession – £15
Children (5 to 16 years) – £9.75
Under 4’s – free
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) – £50.50

Historic Houses members should contact our admin team to book their free visit as we need to book a timeslot for arrival. They can use the ‘live chat’ function on our website, Call our admin office on 01665 511178 or email The visitor will need to have their membership card to hand so we can record their membership number at the point of booking and will receive an email confirmation to show on the gate when they arrive.

Group Visits

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with spectacular Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations. Alnwick Castle is an ideal destination for group visits.

To book a visit, or for any further information, please contact our group bookings team:

01665 511 184

Educational Visits

We have produced a menu of workshops designed to appeal to a range of age groups and Key Stages, ensuring that Early Years and Reception classes, as well as older years, enjoy equally accessible workshops.

The sessions are led by our costumed characters who take on the personas of wizards, knights, poor peasants, hapless medieval alchemists, chroniclers, and spies.

Find out more on our website.

  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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