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Media & filming at Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle has been the location for all kinds of film productions and television programmes - most famously taking the starring role of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Alnwick Castle exterior Alnwick Castle from the Outer Bailey

Media and filming opportunities

Alnwick Castle and the surrounding parkland of Hulne Park offer a dramatic and unspoilt setting for filmmakers.

We welcome filming enquiries and would be glad to do all we can to accommodate your needs; please email press@alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 511 100 to discuss filming opportunities.

Alnwick Castle exterior and grounds

Still the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, the castle itself is extensive, with a 14th century keep surrounded by vast, walled courtyards (or 'baileys'). The castle buildings and grounds include:

  • 14th century keep with moat (empty of water)
  • Inner and Outer Baileys (grass and cobbled pathways)
  • Inner Courtyard (cobbled) with vaulted Salvin-designed porte cochère leading to the State Rooms
  • Accessible ramparts on the outer walls
  • 15th century fortified gatehouse (Barbican)
  • Numerous 14th-19th century towers in the outer walls
  • Gun Terrace with panoramic views of unspoilt 'Capability' Brown landscape and River Aln

Alnwick Castle interiors

The interior State Rooms are in lavish Italian Renaissance style, renovated in the 1850s by the 4th Duke of Northumberland, boasting one of the finest private art and furniture collections in the country. These rooms include:

  • Lower Guard Chamber; the walls are hung with well over 1,000 items of the arms of the Percy Tenantry Volunteers, including powder horns, swords, and muskets
  • Grand Staircase; walls of Carrara marble and a groin-vaulted ceiling with foliated stucco ornament by Taccolozzi, each step is made of a single piece of stone measuring 12 feet long
  • Upper Guard Chamber; mosaic floor in Venetian style by Giovanni Montiroli, 26 foot high ceiling in Italianate stucco with William IV chandelier
  • Ante-Library; carved and gilded ceiling, marble chimneypiece by Giovanni Taccalozzi with figures by Nucci
  • Library; designed by Giovanni Montiroli with a carved ceiling by Anton Bulletti, holding 14,500 books dating from 1475
  • Saloon; Carrara marble fireplace by Taccalozzi with 6 foot figures by Nucci, friezes by Alessandro Mantovani, gilt-framed mirror by Giovanni Montiroli
  • Drawing Room; including a pair of cabinets made by Domenico Cucci for Louis XIV of France, marble chimneypiece figures by Nucci, gold carved ceiling by Giovanni Montiroli
  • Dining Room; renovated medieval banqueting hall with marble chimneypiece figures by Nucci and Strazza, emerald green silked walls, carved pine ceiling
  • China Gallery; walls decorated with Meissen, Chelsea, and Paris porcelain
  • Chapel; designed by Salvin with Gothic ceiling and lancet windows, mosaic marble walls hung with tapestries (two of which from Paris c.1625)
  • Breakfast Room; renovated by Robert Adam in 1760s, flat stucco ceiling in heraldic design, walls hung with 19th century heavily embossed paper in imitation leather

Surrounding parkland

The surrounding Hulne Park encompasses hundreds of acres of beautiful countryside, including woodland and rivers.

The following buildings can be found in the Northumberland Estates parklands:

  • Hulne Abbey, a semi-ruined 13th century Carmelite monastery
  • Alnwick Abbey Gatehouse, built in the 14th century
  • Ratcheugh Observatory, an 18th century folly designed by Robert Adam
  • Brizlee Tower, an 18th century monument also designed by Robert Adam

Film and television at Alnwick Castle

Most famously in recent years, Alnwick Castle featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. Scenes filmed at the castle include Harry's first Quidditch lesson and the crash-landing of the flying Ford Anglia.

Click here to see images of some of Alnwick Castle's appearances in film and television.

Films which used the castle as a location include:

2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint; directed by Chris Columbus

2001 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint; directed by Chris Columbus

1998 - Elizabeth
Starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, and Christopher Eccleston; directed by Shekhar Kapur

1991 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman; directed by Kevin Reynolds

1982 - Ivanhoe
Starring Anthony Andrews and James Mason; directed by Douglas Camfield

1979 - The Spaceman and King Arthur
Starring Kenneth More and Jim Dale; directed by Russ Mayberry, produced by Walt Disney

1971 - Mary, Queen of Scots
Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson; directed by Charles Jarrott

1964 - Becket
Starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole; directed by Peter Glenville

Television programmes which used Alnwick Castle as a location:

  • 2014 - Downton Abbey
  • 2013 - Robson Green's Tales From Northumberland
  • 2011 - Flog It
  • 2011 - Ant and Dec's Red or Black
  • 2010 - Countryfile
  • 2008 - Dickinson's Real Deal
  • 2007 - The Antiques Road Show
  • 2005 - The Virgin Queen
  • 2004 - Bloody Britain
  • 2000 - A Dinner of Herbs
  • 2000 - Watercolour Challenge
  • 1999-2000 - Badger
  • 1998 - A Knight in Camelot
  • 1997 - Ivanhoe
  • 1995-6 - The Famous Five
  • 1995 - The Glass Virgin
  • 1995 - The Fast Show
  • 1995 - Antiques Roadshow
  • 1994 - The Dwelling Place
  • 1994 - Highway
  • 1993 - The Clothes Show
  • 1983 - The Black Adder

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