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Alnwick Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

The Northumberland Estates Office, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ

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About

Alnwick Castle’s remarkable past is filled with drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance, as well as a host of fascinating people including gunpowder plotters, kingmakers and England’s most famous medieval knight: Harry Hotspur.

With a history beginning in the Norman age, the castle was originally built to defend England from the Scots. It was eventually transformed from a fortification into a family home for the first Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in the 1760s.

Today, Alnwick Castle is a visitor attraction of real significance, with lavish State Rooms and superb art collections, as well as engaging activities and events for all ages - all set in beautiful landscape by Northumberland-born ‘Capability’ Brown.

Behind the castle’s iconic medieval walls are sumptuous State Rooms in Italian Renaissance style, where visitors can discover one of the country’s finest private art collections, including work by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck. Important Meissen, Chelsea and Paris ceramics are impressively displayed in the China Gallery.

Within the towers of the Inner Bailey are museums and exhibitions which tell the story of Harry Hotspur, the Northumberland Fusiliers, and the Percy Tenantry Volunteers.

Alnwick Castle provides entertainment for Potter fans, who will recognise Alnwick as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films, but there are also opportunities aplenty for children and families to get hands-on with history in the medieval-themed Knight’s Quest arena, with dressing up, swordplay, medieval crafts and traditional games.

There are also many exciting seasonal events such as falconry displays, Potter-inspired magic shows, jester performances, alchemy experiments and dragon walkabouts - all included in the cost of admission.


Conference facilities, events, fairs and exhibitions. Film location hire. No photography in the State Rooms Corporate Hospitality/Functions: Wedding receptions. Parking: Shared with The Alnwick Garden. Education/School Visits: Education workshops and activities available, special rates for children and teachers. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only.

Guide Prices

Castle adult: £13.45, at the gate £14.95.
Castle concession £11.25, at the gate £12.50.
Castle child (5-16 years) £6.97, at the gate £7.75.
Castle child (0-4 years) £0.00, at the gate £0.00.
Castle family (2 + up to 4) £36.00, at the gate £40.00.

Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
Nearest major road is the A1. When you reach the Alnwick junction on the A1 you can:
- Follow signs for Alnwick town centre. There are various car parks close to the castle at Greenwell Lane and Baliffgate. The main entrance is at Castle Square opposite Baliffgate
- Or you can follow signs for Alnwick Castle and Garden and Park at Denwick Lane in areas highlighted as the Alnwick Garden car park.

By Public Transport:
A number of rail services from London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Stop at Alnmouth, which is 5 miles from Alnwick. Trains are met by the Alnwick rail connection. All passengers have to do is get off the train at Alnmouth for Alnwick railway station and connect to Alnwick town by boarding the X18 bus - a journey of under 15 minutes. A taxi can also be called from the station.


Accessible by Public Transport: Alnmouth Station station is 4 miles away.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

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Opening Times

* Alnwick Castle is currently closed for winter.
31st March - 29th October 2017
Daily, 10.00am-5.30pm

Awards

  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Other AwardsU.K. Heritage Awards - Winner U.K. Heritage Awards - Winner 2018

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