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State Rooms tours

18 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

Broomstick Training

18 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

The Lost Cellars performances

18 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

Historical Grounds Tour

18 Sep - 29 Oct 2014

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

Dragon Quest

18 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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The lavish State Rooms are filled with a stunning array of art and furniture, gathered over the years by passionate collectors in the Percy family.

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Alnwick Castle is full of surprises! Behind its iconic walls lie lavish State Rooms filled with a stunning array of art and furniture, collected over the years by generations of the Percy family, the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland.

As Alnwick Castle is still the home of the Duke of Northumberland's family, the rooms still contain the personal touches of a family home - despite their grandeur!

Rooms open to the public include the Guard Chambers, the Ante-Library, the Library, the Saloon, the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, the Breakfast Room, the China Gallery and the Chapel. 

Don't miss these highlights

The Library

The magnificent Library occupies the Prudhoe Tower, and was restored to its present state by Algernon, the 4th Duke of Northumberland, in the 1850s.

Floor to ceiling bookshelves house an impressive collection of just under 14,000 books. Amongst them is one of the finest personal libraries in England, compiled by the 9th Earl in the early 17th century. This unfortunate Percy was imprisoned in the Tower of London, and resorted to his books to fend off the boredom.

One of the most beautiful features of the Library are the ceiling trophies, designed by Giovanni Montiroli. These depict scenes of art, music, science, archaeology and the navy, the passions of the 4th Duke.

The Dining Room

Refurbished in 2005-2006, the Dining Room was returned to its original splendour under the watchful eye of the present Duchess of Northumberland.

Look out for the intricate white marble chimney piece, carved in Italy c.1825 by sculptors Nucci and Strazza, which was restored after suffering from years of dirt. Try and find the name of the makers, 'Nucci of Rome', carved discreetly among the garlands of Italianate foliage.

The room is dominated by the enormous mahogany table, which extends to over 33 feet in length. On display is the 19th century family silver, giving visitors an insight into the pomp and ceremony involved in dinner at Alnwick Castle.

The Drawing Room

This room was refurbished in 2009, bringing it back to its original glory. This room contains some unique treasures, including the rare Cucci Cabinets.

The Drawing Room also has wonderful examples of the exquisite carving that can be seen throughout the State Rooms. Its remarkable ceiling carving and frieze were painted and designed by the Italian artist Alessandro Mantovani in the mid 19th century.

The ornate wooden carving was completed by the Alnwick School of Carving, set up in the 19th century by the 4th Duke of Northumberland. It was intended to provide English carvers with the skills of their continental counterparts, and engaged brilliant European carvers such as the Florentine, Anton Leon Bulletti to pass on their talents.

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State Rooms opening times 2014

28th March - 29th October 2014
11.00am-5.00pm (close at 4.00pm on 29th October); last admission 4.30pm, the Chapel closes at 3.00pm.

Library
Dining Room fireplace
Drawing Room

Cucci cabinets

Look out for the fine detailing on the panels of the remarkable Cucci cabinets - made originally for Louis XIV and the only surviving pair from the Palace of Versailles. In particular, see if you can spot the dog and monkey (pictured) panels in their beautiful decoration. Learn more about the cabinets here.