Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
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Alnwick Castle is Britain's second largest inhabited castle; home to the Duke of Northumberland's family for over 700 years.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate interiors, Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and more recently featured in ITV's Downton Abbey. The lavish State Rooms boast one of the country's finest private art and furniture collections, including works by Canaletto, Titian, and Van Dyck.

Budding knights and princesses can dress up and get hands-on with history, or even take part in broomstick training with Alnwick's wizard professors!

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open daily 27 March - 28 October 2015
10.00am to 5.30pm, last admission 4.15pm
State Rooms open 11.00am - 5.00pm (Chapel closes at 3.00pm), last admission 4.30pm

Admission charges

Admission Prices (tickets can be validated for unlimited free visits for 12 months at no extra cost):
Adult - £14.50
Concession (e.g. student, pensioner) - £12.00
Child (aged 6 - 15) - £7.50
Child under 5 years - free

For group and school rates, please telephone 01665 511 184.


  • English Heritage

Collection details

Architecture, Film and Media, Fine Art, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Canaletto
  • Van Dyck
  • Titian
  • Harry Potter
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Castles and Homes

Pupils will look at different people’s lives and lifestyles and will explore Alnwick Castle as a home in the past. They will gain information and inspiration from a range of sources including first-hand observation of the Castle site, discussion and the expert guidance of Alnwick Castle staff. The pupils' personal guide will take them around the site pointing out features of interest and giving insight into home life in the Castle.

How to obtain

For more information and to make a booking, call 01665 510777 or email

Knights School - Life in a Medieval Castle

Primary school groups will especially enjoy and benefit from a session spent in Knights School. Here children can experience life in the Castle during the Middle Ages. Our experienced staff will lead the children in role-play, games and arts and crafts activities all designed to meet key stages of the 4 - 11 curriculum.

How to obtain

For more information and to make a booking, call 01665 510777 or email

Stormin' the Barbican

Discover why and how Castles were built and designed to keep people out!
This activity uses a combination of discussion and role-play for historical enquiry. Pupils will begin their journey at the Barbican, Alnwick’s most distinctive military feature. They will be encouraged to use their imaginations to consider how life was in the past while carrying out this fun and interactive activity. With its characteristic medieval features, Alnwick is a wonderful setting for this adventure.

How to obtain

For more information and to make a booking, call 01665 510777 or email

Alnwick Castle
NE66 1NQ




01665 511100

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