What's on

Broomstick Training

16 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

The Lost Cellars performances

16 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour

16 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

Have-a-go archery

16 Sep - 23 Oct 2014

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

Historical Grounds Tour

16 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

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The Percy Family

Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years, a family with a history as illustrious as the castle's own. Discover the various eras of the Percy family in the sections below.

Eras of the Percy family

Before Alnwick Castle

1066-1315: The first generation of the Percy family in England moved to these shores after the Battle of Hastings.

Lords of Alnwick

1315-1403: Border warfare and the rise of Alnwick's teenage knight, Harry Hotspur.

Harry Hotspur

c.1364-1403: Harry Hotspur, Alnwick's most famous son and England's most famous knight.

Earls of Northumberland

1413-1670: From battle-hardened warriors to a lover of Anne Boleyn and a gunpowder plotter.

Dukes of Somerset

1670-1750: The three year-old Percy heiress, her three marriages and the rise of the Dukes of Somerset.

The 1st Duke and Duchess

1740-1786: Restorers of Alnwick Castle; passionate collectors; renowned, fashionable hosts.

The 19th Century

1742-1899: A soldier, a volunteer army, Roman antiquities, and a Victoria Cross recipient.

The 20th Century

1900-1994: Two World Wars, star-crossed lovers, politics and filmmaking.

The Percy Family Today

Ralph Percy, 12th and current Duke of Northumberland, still lives at Alnwick Castle with his family.

The Percy family is full of fascinating characters, from a teenage knight and a kingmaker to passionate collectors and a gunpowder plotter.