Warkworth Castle and Hermitage - English Heritage

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage - English Heritage
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01665 711423

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An exterior view of Warkworth Castle

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 northern England. The Duke's Rooms in the castle keep are open on Wed, Sun and Bank Holidays from 21 March to 30 September.

Please note: the Hermitage is currently closed until Easter 2009 but all other areas of the site remain open.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

Castle: 1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / 1Oct-1 Nov 10am-4pm daily / 2 Nov-31 Mar 10am-4pm Sat-Mon / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan / Hermitage: 1 Apr-30 Sep 11am-5pm Wed, Sun and Bank Hols

Admission charges

4.80/4.30/2.90/12.50 CASTLE, 3.20/2.90/1.90 Hermitage


  • English Heritage
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Soldiers of the Roses

  • 26 — 27 August 2014 11am-5pm

This summer, we’re taking visitors on a journey back to 1464, the 550th anniversary of when the title of Earl of Northumberland, along with ownership of Warkworth Castle, was stripped from the Percy family. Three costumed performers bring the story of the ‘War of the Roses’ to life. Dramatic scenes with medieval weapons, storytelling and hands-on activities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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Become a Medieval Engineer Discovery Visit

How did people from the past build bridges, towers and siege engines? Become a real engineer in practical workshops exploring how our ancestors solved construction problems. Using a large-scale construction kit, this is literally a hands-on history experience! Explore the main features of the castle in an interactive tour, relating these to methods of attack and defence and construction. BWorking in groups, use Tic Tac (plastic construction materials) to build a successful bridge alongside the castle walls. Also build a catapult and take part in a bean-bag-throwing challenge, identifying features of successful warfare and forces in the process.
Duration: 2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, History, Sci

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to arrange a 2 hour session from June 30–July 2 2009. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19528 for more information.