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My wife and I are delighted to offer you a very warm welcome to Alnwick Castle, which has been my family's home for over 700 years. It is an important part of British heritage; its walls are steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance and chivalry. We very much hope that you enjoy your visit to our special home.

-- Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland

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Must See

State Rooms

Step behind the castle's iconic walls to discover sumptuous State Rooms, home to one of the country's finest private art collections.

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Knight's Quest

Join our resident knights and ladies to dress up in medieval finery, try your hand at traditional crafts, swordplay and games!

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The 1st Duchess Collection

'A jovial heap of contradictions' collected by the 1st Duchess of Northumberland, including Elizabeth I's gloves and Oliver Cromwell's night cap.

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The Lost Cellars

Something dark has been uncovered beneath the castle's walls... But beware, this dark adventure is not for the faint of heart.

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Art and Collections

Discover a magnificent collection of art and furniture, featuring pieces by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck.

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Dragon Quest

Put your new-found knightly skills to the test in the darkness of the dragon's lair, before coming face-to-face with Northumberland's most fearsome dragon!

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Coach House Exhibition

Learn the story of the luxurious state coach which once carried the 3rd Duke of Northumberland to the coronation of Charles X.

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Harry Hotspur Exhibition

A fascinating exhibition which delves into the life of Alnwick Castle's most famous son.

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Castle Museum

Founded by the 4th Duke in 1826, the Castle Museum was intended to promote the study of the archaeology of the North.

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Fusiliers Museum

This museum tells the story of the Northumberland Fusiliers and their unbroken record of service from 1674 to the present day.

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Percy Tenantry Museum

Discover the stories of the Percy Tenantry Volunteers, using personal histories of those involved.

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Battle of Flodden Exhibition

An interesting discovery connected to the Battle of Flodden has been discovered in the castle's archives. Visit our exhibition to find out more...

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What's On

Have-a-go archery

£3 for 8 arrows (9+ years only)

23 Sep - 23 Oct 2014

Steady your arm and try your hand at one of England's oldest skills.

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The Lost Cellars performances

Free time-slot ticket required (limited availability)

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Learn what lies beneath the castle walls. Be warned, this dark adventure is not for the fainthearted...

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Dragon Quest

Free with admission

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Brave the darkness of the dragon's lair before coming face-to-face with the fearsome beast.

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State Rooms Tours

Free with admission

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Take a tour of the State Rooms and discover the magnificent art and furniture collections.

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Historical Grounds Tour

Free with admission

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Join our knowledgeable guides to hear fascinating stories of the castle's architecture and history.

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Medieval crafts and dressing up

Free with admission

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Join the resident costumed artisans of Alnwick Castle for a different medieval craft each day.

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Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour

Free with admission

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Tour the castle's film locations with an entertaining costumed guide!

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Broomstick Training

Free with admission

23 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

Learn how to master your broom with our resident wizard professors!

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Jesting with Zooted

Free with admission

25 Oct - 27 Oct 2014

Join Zooted, the sword-juggling jesting duo, for motley medieval mayhem!

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Medieval alchemist

Free with admission

28 Oct - 29 Oct 2014

Meet Doctor John Greene, a celebrated medieval alchemist, for wacky experiments!

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