Alnwick Castle is a large visitor attraction, with a range of historical buildings and a variety of surfaces including cobblestones, flagstones, grass, gravel and wood. These can be uneven and steep in places with a number of steps on The Gun Terrace. Disabled access is limited in some areas.



There is partial access in the grounds for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Please speak to a member of the team on arrival who will be happy to offer guidance on suitable routes.



Guide, hearing and assistance dogs, including those in training, are welcome at Alnwick Castle.  All dogs must be kept on a short lead during their visit. 
If available, please bring your dog’s 'Assistance Dogs (UK)’ identification book (or the appropriate international equivalent) with you. Unfortunately, due to conservation concerns, we do not allow emotional support animals to enter the castle at this time.



A limited number of free motorised scooters are available to visitors but pre-booking is essential. To reserve a scooter please call 01665 511 178 ahead of your visit. Motorised scooters are not permitted on the steps leading to the Gun Terrace.


Disabled parking is available on Castle square (NE66 1NG) and in the main car park on Denwick Lane at The Alnwick Garden.


There is an accessible toilet located in the courtyard between the Courtyard Café and the Stables Fryery.  Additional accessible toilets are located in the Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden


For disabled visitors who require the assistance of a carer, the accompanying carer can enter the castle and its grounds free of charge. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.
Carers will be asked to provide proof of carer status upon arrival showing that they are recognised as a carer for the accompanying visitor. Examples of proof you could bring are:
- A letter from the local authority of the carer confirming that they are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or are in some other way recognised as a carer by the local authority
- A letter from a GP confirming that the carer has registered with them as a carer
- A registered carer card provided as part of another scheme (e.g. CredAbility Access Card, CEA Card, etc)



The State Rooms have stepped access (3 steps in total, with no handrail) to the Lower Guard Chamber and from there to an access lift (4 steps with a handrail).  The lift does not accommodate a wheelchair, however there is a seat for your comfort if required.
The one-person lift gives access to the Upper Guard Chamber and the rest of the State Rooms and exhibitions.  Visitors who are less able or who use a wheelchair can exit the State Rooms by the Lower Guard Chamber.
We unfortunately do not have any ramps for access for motorised scooters or wheelchairs.
The courtyard which contains the Castle Shop and Courtyard Café is cobbled.
The Castle Shop and Courtyard Café are accessible for wheelchairs and this area also has a dedicated disabled toilet.


All of our supervisors and many of our staff are first aid trained. Should you require assistance please ask any member of staff; there is always a trained supervisor on duty in each department.


All of our staff have radios and in an emergency please contact a member of staff.


We have a no smoking policy across the Castle site, including e-cigarettes.


Visitors are respectfully informed that enhanced security measures are in place and you are requested to bring the minimum of bags during your visit. Please note that random bag searches may take place. Your kind cooperation with these procedures, which have been implemented for the benefit and security of visitors and staff alike, is much appreciated. 

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