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Overview

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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

29 March to 28 October: every day, 10am to 5.30pm.

Opening
Opening

29 March to 28 October: every day, 10am to 5.30pm.

 

 

Find Us
Find us

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 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).

Parking

Car park on site

  • £3 per day

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Castle adult: £16
Castle concession: £13
Castle 5-16 years: £8.50
Castle under 4: free
Castle family: £44

Discounts available when pre-booking online.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
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

groups@alnwickcastle.com

Find out more on their website.


Things to See

Weddings

The Guest Hall

The Alnwick Castle Guest Hall lends a historic atmosphere to wedding celebrations, with its beautifully restored beamed roof and stone archways. This stunning banqueting hall is available throughout the year for wedding ceremonies, and receptions and can accommodate up to 200 guests for ceremonies and 160 for wedding breakfasts. The Guest Hall is licensed with its own bar, and there is plenty of room for dancing!

Friars Well

A country residence within Hulne Park, only three miles from Alnwick Castle itself, Friars Well offers the ultimate venue for entertaining and is available for weddings, private parties, and events. The property has 5 large reception rooms, 9 bedrooms including a magnificent master suite, an indoor heated swimming pool and a variety of large terraces with outstanding views over its only private lake and parkland beyond.

Hulne Abbey

Hulne Abbey is a truly exclusive and enchanting venue, nestled on a hillside in the private parklands of the Duke of Northumberland. Surrounded by medieval walls and founded in the 13th century as a Carmelite monastery, Hulne Abbey is a beautifully secluded venue for your celebrations.


School 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.


Filming Opportunities

Alnwick Castle most recently featured as Rouen in the BBC's series of Shakespeare adaptations The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses, as well as starring as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey's 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials.

Having already featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films, as well as appearing in Elizabeth and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among others, the castle is no stranger to film crews!