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Our history

There has been a castle recorded on this site for 1,000 years. For the last 700 years, Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family - it remains today one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK.

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The Percy Family

The Percy family has included all kinds of intriguing people, from passionate collectors to a gunpowder-plotter.

History of Alnwick Castle

There has been a castle on the site at Alnwick for 1,000 years. Learn about its origins, uses, and restorations.

Collections and Archives

Collections and Archives maintains the historical records of the Percy family estates, as well as looking after decorative and archaeological artefacts.

The Northumberland Estates

Alnwick Castle is not only a private family home, historic monument and fantastic visitor attraction, but also the centre of a large business enterprise.

St. Cloud State University

Alnwick Castle has been home to groups of St. Cloud State University students for over 30 years.

From the careful archiving of the castle's history to the provision of a venue for a study abroad programme for American students, go behind the scenes of Alnwick Castle.