Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in England, has witnessed battles, rebellions, tragedy and romance, and has been home to a variety of interesting people – from knight Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter! Enjoy a tour of the collections of art and furniture in the treasure-filled State Rooms, or join our 'Alnwick On Location' guided tour to find out about the Castle’s starring film roles including Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Downton Abbey and most recently, Dungeons and Dragons Honor Among Thieves. Why not join our resident professors for a broomstick lesson or learn medieval crafts and skills in Artisans Courtyard, before putting your skills to the test when facing the beast that lies within Dragon Quest! With so much to see and do, you may need more than one day so when you buy your ticket for the day, you can visit free for the year whenever the castle is open to the public. Book online to save 10% alnwickcastle.com/booking.
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  • CharleyNottinghamUK
    Nottingham, United Kingdom957 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit.
    We visited here whilst on a three night break in Berwick upon Tweed. The town has plenty of shops/ restaurants/pubs etc. The castle is well sign posted from the centre of Alnwick. We walked it from the bus station, it took around 10mins or so. It was late afternoon when we arrived here, so we went straight to the castle. We didn't have enough time to go inside, but what we did do , was walk down the hill to the bridge and we got the best views from there. We walked alongside the river, taking in all the great views you could have. The visit was well worth the time we had here. Take your camera and get some great shots of the castle from down here by the river.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Donna E
    Klein, Texas423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Tours, Beautiful Grounds
    Start early, plan your day around tours offered and *closure times* (the family chapel closed at 2:30 on the day we visited). The tours are fun and informative; the grounds have many self-guided areas, too. Fun day!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • John M
    Monmouth, United Kingdom435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent castle in beautiful surroundings
    Thursday 22nd June 2023. This is a cracking castle in a stunning location; it's easy to see why it's called the "Windsor of the North". Yes, it makes much of its Harry Potter filming connection, but why not, and that certainly seems to appeal greatly to the children (and quite a few adults!) who were visiting when we were there. We enjoyed watching the broomstick flying lesson! Much of the castle is in very good condition. A visit to the State Rooms is a must - fabulous rooms, great paintings, and some wonderful furniture to admire. The piece de resistance for me, a book lover, was the library which is simply sensational. I'd have paid the entrance fee just to see that. And it's clearly lived in too by the current Duke and his family. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Mssamuk
    Worcester, United Kingdom36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a Harley Potter fan, I couldn’t resist a visit.
    A little expensive and scaffolding up some of the building and pity dogs aren’t allowed in the grounds but liked walking around the staterooms, Dragon Quest was fun. Big shout out to Wayne, we loved his talk on weapons and armoury. Highlight of the day!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Carpetman
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immaculately maintained
    This is an impeccably maintained castle in a powerful position. The big surprise to us was the quality of the richly furnished State Rooms Many of the visitors were Harry Potter fans but this aspect did not dominate the presentation of the place. Well worth a visit even if it is at the pricey end. Cafe was wholesome with plenty of seating
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • amdgriggs
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,662 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A proper castle! - really impressive
    Hugely impressive castle, where the many tours explain so clearly the importance of the Percy family over several centuries and the multiple changes and additions to the castle itself. A special shout-out to Brian, our extremely knowledgeable guide who took a big group of us on the tour of the exterior, braving intermittent heavy showers in shirt sleeves and an umbrella without letting it interrupt his commentary. So well worth visiting - though pricey!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Ross R
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience. A must do.
    First rate experience. Really good visit to Alnwick Castle really interesting areas, great looking well kept castle with some superb rooms. Toilet and cafe areas kept well clean and tidy. Fusilier exhibition was very moving, interesting and enlightening. Definitely worth a visit and well worth the entrance fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Jo
    Lancashire, United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you’re a Harry Potter fan but don’t get a hot chocolate!
    As Harry Potter and Castle fans it was a must for us to visit here. Unfortunately for us several coach loads of overseas visiting children arrived just when we did and they weren’t well managed by their supervisors, not the castles fault but I did see the children trying to jump up to hit chandeliers in the state rooms and pushing into people - the castle staff witnessed this and didn’t intervene. The state rooms are gorgeous and we spent a good three hours wandering round the castle taking everything in. A nice place to visit for sure. We got some hot drinks and I must say that £3.50 for a hot chocolate that arrives half full (in a standard take out size cup and that is made simply from powder and the press of a button) was extortion. Press the button twice at least and fill the cup!! Or advertise it as a small drink. Overall worth a visit but if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of HP related content. A lovely building, look up when walking around as the details on the higher outside parts of the castle are worth taking in.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Victoria
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutley fantastic day, best historical tour guide we have ever had!
    Fantastic family day out that kept us engaged for almost five hours. We're not great Harry Potter fans so the main draw was the historical significance. The staff were so friendly and engaging. There are numerous free tours available with knowledgeable guides.Ours - Adam, was extremely engaging and only too happy to answer in detail the question put by my eldest. Inside the house, there were guides in every room and no matter what questions where asked of them regarding the minutest detail, they took the time to answer fully and really engaged with the children who were showing a keen interest to genuinely find out more about this historic place. The Dragon Quest -an immersive walk through experience, was mixed with my youngest finding it too overwhelming, as it is very dark and loud inside, but he did enjoy the talk later in the day, about how weapons and armour have changed through the ages. We took a picnic with us, and there was plenty of seating. We did partake in the free Broomstick Training, again the staff were extremely friendly and engaging and it was a great chance for the children to see the grown ups making a fool of themselves! Overall a great day out. Whilst it has ties to famous films, it is still predominantly the historic building and the vast story that goes with it you are going to see with a bit of added on fun linked to modern celebrity. Definitely go on the tours, this is where all the information really is.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • TauntonBob
    West Parley, United Kingdom870 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning castle
    On arriving in Alnwick and heading for a carpark that we had planned to use, our first piece of luck was to find a vacant on-street parking space just a stone's throw from the castle entrance. The castle is stunning and beautifully kept both inside and out. The state rooms are lovely and you can see that they are still well loved as a family home. It was a bit disappointing, though, that photography is not allowed inside. The Harry Potter connection added amusement, with us watching kids having broomstick flying lessons on the green! Worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
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Anthony R
London, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Had high hopes for this place and was excited to see a few filming locations also! However, save your time and money and go to Bamburgh Castle instead where for £11 you have access to the grounds and state rooms.

For £8 at Alnwick (you have too book a timed slot) you enter the outside walls which you can cover in 10-15 mins. For an extra £12 there are tours of state rooms/inside. However for these tours the tickets are only released 2hrs before start time and other than that you have only your 15 min walk you paid for, so unless you live locally what are you going to do!?

Try queuing at the gift shop for an 1hr maybe or try queuing for the museum for 1hr maybe for the literal one person out one person in system. The crazy golf (£5) will take up a bit of time which was actually good and the gardens were far too crowded and an extra £14!

So my point here being...if there are a few of you the price for everything rockets up. If you don’t want to do the gardens but just tour the castle what are you going to do if you have to wait 2hrs for tickets, play golf continuously?! I was wearing a mask the whole time but there are quite a few narrow bits around the castle walls where people were just congregating. Pointless and no proper communication! What was the point then of the times entry slots into the castle grounds only to do a 15 min walk at £8 around the walls and the point of the timed tours!!!?

I really get that the purse strings for them must be tighter because of Covid and the logistics a bit tough, I really do, but the pointlessness of some of their logic was astounding. They have had enough time to plan for this and even if they didn’t, communicate the fact that it will be very limited with what you can do. As many reviews here will point towards the point that they feel they will have been cheated even if the castle does actually look impressive!
Written September 15, 2020
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SGNMAN
Manchester, UK114 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Booked on line only to discover on arrival that the 'Castle and Grounds' did not include the Gardens (on a separate website and an extra £12). When you get to the carpark they want an extra £3 to park. In the car park a member of staff was shouting at visitors for not walking on the right path even though it wasn't signposted. When we got to the entrance building about a dozen other visitors were milling about confused because there was a sign saying 'no entry' and no other signage or staff. I walked around the side of the building to discover you could walk straight in. When I told a member of staff about the entrance he simply said ' it's sometimes like that'. When we booked the State Rooms were closed but we were inside the castle before we discovered they are now open, however you have to go back to the entrance to buy tickets, another £12. When we told them the the entrance building appeared closed the staff member didn't seem concerned and said 'there is supposed to be someone there'. There were 30 min queues for each of the two towers (on showery and cold midweek afternoon) so we didn't bother. All our ticket bought us was a walk around the castle precincts. The castle itself is impressive but the experience was poor. it trades a lot on Downton and Harry Potter but that's not enough to make it value for money.
Written October 3, 2020
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christine s
Stourbridge, UK680 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We paid on line for tickets,ok we were in the car with small screen phone.
We arrived,parked out side castle walls,not knowing the area.
We walked and walked around the perimeter,gates with no entry,no clear signage,even locals were confused,eventually found one entrance open,seems this is geared to pay only carparks.
Our tickets were checked,these were for the Grounds only??£8 each,no flowers,no in your face grounds as you get at national trust,just drearly paths,and a river view,andPlastic toilets lined up ,not so clean.
We struggled to find the entrance to pay for the castle interior,ok another£12 to tour the 3 state rooms,well very impressive,but a tour that was barely 30 minutes for £12 each ?and a guide who was barely able to explain anything with a mask on,with covid here to stay at the forseable future perhaps the management could learn from other castle organizations audio equiptment is esential when chargeing these prices.
We decided to make a day of it and wander to the gardens which we noticed on the way in,again showing our tickets,
Well would you believe it,the tickets were not valid for the gardens,
another £14 to see the gardens,About turn,that would have been a total of £32 each for all 3 entrances.
There was no price reduction,due to covid,yet alot was closed here.
We shall not return.
Written October 6, 2020
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Hello Christine, Thank you for your feedback, I am sorry that you struggled to find the entrance to the Castle. Normally entrances are open to our visitors at both sides of the Castle, however due to the covid-19 restrictions we have had to limit this for safety reasons. We have tried to make it clear online as to where the current entrance is but appreciate that it can cause confusion and will review this for the remainder of the season and for the future. I am sorry that you struggled with the State Room tour, for safety reasons masks must be worn indoors at all times by both visitors and staff. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue out any audio equipment to our visitors to enable them to better hear the guide for hygiene reasons as they pose a significant risk to our visitors’ safety in the current circumstances. It is important to us that our visitors are able to enjoy the grounds and the activities that we are running, and so consideration will be given to how we can work on this going forward. Unfortunately, The Alnwick Garden is not part of Alnwick Castle but a separate attraction and business, it is fact a charity. As such, a separate booking would be needed to visit each attraction. I would also like to reassure you that admission to the Castle has been greatly reduced in line with the reduced opening of the Castle as a result of the covid-19 restrictions. At present, adult admission is £8 with children aged 16 years and under being free. Additionally, a proportion of each ticket sold is being given to support local charities who have suffered as a result of the pandemic. I hope in the future you will consider re-visiting the Castle and that we can make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for you. Stay safe, Jeni
Written October 16, 2020
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Matthew W
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Let's start with a positive, the castle is cheaper to visit than other attractions in the area. But unfortunately at the moment a walk around the interior is all you can do, there are two buildings/small museums you can queue for, but today there was a queue of 40 minutes to get in each, not great with young children. I queued 20 minutes to get in the gift shop. Prices at the cafe were reasonable. The kids did the broom lesson (they're 8 and 7), the staff were great and they really enjoyed themselves but at £12 each it was expensive for 20 minutes running round a field. A slight problem was the number of kids, 19 in our lesson which made it a little in personal especially if you wre on the ends. The staff at the castle were all great, friendly and helpful. Another help would be for better information boards they were not numerous. I'm sure it would be better on a summer's day when you could picnic on the grass
Written October 28, 2020
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roshussain
Wolverhampton, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I think quite a few of the reviews cover it really. You pay £8.00 to walk around the outer Bailey. If you want to go into the State Rooms it's more money, if you want to walk around the gardens it's more money. Most of the places are closed or if they aren't (all of 2 places which includes the museum) you have to queue as there is only one bubble at a time allowed in. Think this place makes money off any fans of Harry Potter or Downton Abbey. Really not worth going. Maybe after covid restrictions are lifted, but i certainly won't be coming back here again. Pompous atmosphere finished the waste of time trip off nicely.
Written October 5, 2020
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Gengis25
Bradford, UK281 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I can't believe how disappointed I am at the visit to the castle but the running of it is basically complete and utter shambles. Having booked a time slot online I arrived and was ushered into the grounds without any explanation by the staff or signage to explain that tickets to the keep were extra. We only realised this as we tried to get in and the girl in the gate roped it off and told us we needed to buy tickets from the tent outside. Going back outside we saw the signage which was next to the tent and out of sight from the castle entrance. I went to buy tickets to be told they only release numbers on the hour but I was welcome to wait. I didn't do this as I was unwilling to wait in a queue for 40 mins. Having looked around the parts of the castle I had access to took about 20 minutes. I then went to join the queue for tickets which was quite short only to then find out that they had 16 spaces so wouldn't be fit in this time.
I fully understand that social distancing measures need to put in place but management at Alnwick is falling short of this. The fact that you cannot purchase this ticket online and are expected to queue repeatedly defeats the object. There are plenty of staff but none giving clear directions. The ticket tent also sells broomsticks but people were unclear as to whether they were required to queue or there was a separate one.
I am so disappointed as I set off from Yorkshire this morning and have now been unable to actually see the castle. This was done at an expense of booking into other areas which we can now no longer do. In recent weeks I have been to a number of stately homes which have all had clear guidelines on their covid restrictions and have provided excellent experiences. Having looked online it would appear that the staff have been getting abuse from unhappy public. This is unacceptable but the management need to seriously look at their running of this to realise why people are being left so angry. It was a poor experience and it needn't have been. I would suggest the trust look at other similar sites and see how they are being run successfully in this awkward time. It is such a shame as the castle is a wonderful place.
Written August 30, 2020
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Tiglet2
84 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We thought this would be a great day out given the reviews we read so decided to book. To be honest, it was a waste of a day out. The castle is very over priced, queues were ridiculous and added expense when you get inside for extra activities. We found staff to be rude and unhelpful.

You can go into 6ish rooms on the tour, but we stood and queued for this for 30 minutes, and we arrived at 10.30am. The whole place is very pretentious, photos of the family displayed as the Queen does. Every room has an advert for the owners book and security in each room who watch your every move, as if you are a criminal. Given that they push what has been filmed at the castle on you, you can't visit the rooms in which some were filmed so seemed very pointless. The green screen photography area was closed during our visit, even though signs claimed it should be open.

We went to book in for the Dragon Quest only to be told they were fully booked, this was at 11.30am. The castle gardens are booked at an extra cost of £15pp which has seating in for the café but you cannot use the seating unless you have purchased tickets. We ended up having far more fun at the crazy golf than we did anywhere at the castle. We just found the whole visit so underwhelming and an absolute waste of money. Very much a cash trap to pay for someone's pretentious life. We also found it incredibly cheeky you also have to pay extra for parking on the way in also. Turned out to be a very expensive day.
Written August 23, 2021
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Ade
Sutton, UK37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The castle is an absolute stunner, straight out of the history text books, it's no wonder it's such a popular venue for television and movie location filming.

Due to covid restrictions, there isn't really much to see apart from the castle grounds and the outside of the great structure. Unfortunately, this made the cost of the tickets seem very expensive. To visit the interior state rooms in addition required pre-booking and an eyewatering charge of another £12 per person on top of the castle grounds ticket. The castle gardens also levied an additional charge on top of the castle grounds tickets - yup, the castle garden is not considered part of the castle grounds here! (It's no wonder the Percy family have a few bob to spare with gouge pricing like this!)

There are several places to get refreshments including a cafe, coffee stall, ice cream kiosk, fish and chip wagon and a hog roast stall. We didn't try any of them as we were reluctant to chuck more money at this highly commercialised enterprise.

All in all, if you are happy paying big bucks to look at the outside of a great castle, you will be okay. If you want anything more than this then you will need deep pockets.
Written August 30, 2020
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Barry Griffin
St. Albans, UK14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The grounds itself are lovely which is just as well. Whilst Covid-19 restrictions remain in place you may as well not visit, especially on a rainy day.

The only part of the castle that is open is the museum which operates a ridiculous 1 family in the museum at any 1 time resulting in a long wait. Otherwise, the only other activity for an adult is to wander around the grounds.

Life is short so plan your visit when more of the castle is open. I’ve been waiting for the museum now for 30 minutes, more people have left the queue than actually made it inside....
Written August 19, 2020
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PaulSBraithwaite
Leeds, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We were very disappointed on the trip to Alnwick Castle, it took us 90 mins to book our tickets for our family of seven. Once we got there and paid we realised we had to pay an additional twelve pounds per person to get inside the castle, it was raining heavily at this point, and we went to the tent where they were selling tickets to get in the castle it self and the tent was almost about to blow away. The man said wait ten minutes and then we can get the tickets and are first in line so we patiently waited for thirty minutes. Then the women said they are now to selling tickets for twenty mins at twelve o'clock, and are told to move to the side of the tent to be out of the way. Then five minutes later they started serving the people behind us in the queue. we went back and said we were in front of them then they accused us of leaving the queue and told us to leave the spot of the tent. We asked to speak to the manager and while we were waiting it started to rain even more healthy after the manger arrived, the man who told us to leave ran off like a little girl, once we spoke to the manger he said we could have a full refund that we are still yet to receive. I would not recommend this place to anyone even if I HATED them. The customer service here was appalling. Spare your self the disappointment and don't visit this incompetent place. GRACE, 12
Written August 25, 2020
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