Are you excited to discover what goes on behind the scenes in a Hollywood blockbuster film? Or get the lowdown on what happens on-set in a TV show or big-budget movie?

A visit to Alnwick Castle lets you enter a world of history, magic and movie-making. And with our exciting 'Alnwick On Location' Film Tour, you need never miss a moment with unforgettable off-camera anecdotes from some of the biggest movies ever made. It’s a day out you’ll never forget.

From Downton Abbey to Harry Potter, let’s explore what filming has taken place at Alnwick Castle.

Alnwick Castle: a magical setting


So what makes Alnwick Castle such a great film set? This architectural masterpiece is a Grade I listed building and it's recognised as one of the most iconic castles in the UK. Over 900 years old, there's history in every stone.

From the original Norman castle to an imposing fortress and a fairytale gothic masterpiece, Alnwick Castle can endlessly transform itself. And because of the way the castle has evolved over time, it can become anything from Hogwarts to the grand Brancaster Castle in the blink of an eye.

But it's not just the architectural beauty of Alnwick Castle that makes it such a unique location. Dating back to 1096, it's been besieged and captured, served as a military outpost and homed refugees during WWII. And no amount of CGI can capture that distinctive quality. Soaked in history, culture, and authenticity, there's no wonder Alnwick Castle creates such a magical atmosphere on-screen.

What was filmed at Alnwick Castle?


Alnwick Castle is a go-to location for film and TV makers seeking some real-life magic. Of course, CGI can make a boy fly on a broomstick. Still, there's nothing like a real-life location to capture the imagination — especially when you can visit Alnwick Castle on screen yourself.

The castle is a sought-after location for numerous films and TV shows, including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Countryfile, the Big Painting Challenge, and Antiques Roadshow. Here's just a handful of the fantastic productions that Alnwick Castle has brought to life.

Alnwick Castle in Harry Potter


Want to spot Alnwick Castle in Harry Potter? Then come and see for yourself.

Alnwick Castle and Hogwarts are synonymous in our imaginations. And everywhere you look as you explore the grounds, you’ll recognise locations from the iconic Harry Potter movies.

Perhaps most famous of all is the Outer Bailey. It's where Harry, Ron, and Hermione first learn to fly, and you can imagine yourself taking a lesson with Madame Hooch. So if you want to improve your essential wizarding skills, why not try your hand at Alnwick Castle broomstick training?

Remember the Whomping Willow? The scene where Ron and Harry crash land into Hogwarts was filmed in the Inner Bailey. And the central courtyard, along with the magnificent Lion Arch, is instantly recognisable from several famous scenes.

Was Alnwick Castle used in all Harry Potter movies?


Alnwick Castle is Hogwarts in the first two Warner Brothers Harry Potter movies — The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, and generations of fans have enjoyed spending time exploring much-loved locations. So as you explore the grounds of Alnwick Castle, Harry Potter scenes from those iconic films will undoubtedly pop into your head! There are so many things to do at Alnwick Castle, so why not plan your visit today?

Alnwick Castle in Downton Abbey


The spectacular state rooms at the castle have twice been transformed into Brancaster Castle. In fact, Downton Abbey at Alnwick Castle was the setting of some of the most poignant scenes in the last ever episode. 

Locations you'll remember from that much-loved series include the imposing ramparts and the stunning grounds. Alnwick Castle has always been a part of the landscape. Head over and you’ll see why it's one of the most highly sought-after locations in the UK.

Transformers: The Last Knight at Alnwick Castle


With its star-studded cast, Transformers: The Last Knight chose Alnwick Castle for location shooting in 2016. While Hollywood stars Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins were filming at Alnwick Castle itself, the iconic Bumblebee and Hot Rod Transformers were parked in the castle grounds.

If you’re a Transformers fan, you’ll recognise various locations, including the library, Inner Bailey and Lion Bridge, as Alnwick Castle ‘transforms’ into Castle Folgan. So why not take our 'On Location' tour and discover our famous locations and much more?

Dungeons and Dragons at Alnwick Castle


Fantasy fans will love the opportunity to visit Alnwick Castle on the banks of the River Aln, the location for the meeting of Dralas and Sofina, two of the Red Wizards of Thay, in the kingdom of Neverwinter, and other locations at this majestic castle.

In addition, Alnwick Castle is often used as a key shooting location for fantasy films like Dungeons and Dragons because of its fairytale architecture, exceptional grounds, and breathtaking surrounding landscape.

Families with children aged 5-12 will love getting up close with our resident dragon. Dragon’s Quest at Alnwick Castle is a unique way to immerse yourself in the castle’s history. The whole family can take part in challenges and even come face-to-face with the castle’s most terrifying beast…

Alnwick Castle in Blackadder


Blackadder is one of the best-loved British comedy characters. But did you know he made his debut at Alnwick Castle? The castle itself appears in the opening credits. The series of lavish location shoots saw a vast cast of extras and horses faithfully recreate an 'alternative history' version of the Middle Ages, including Alnwick Castle. 

Blackadder is just one of several TV shows and films to shoot on location at Alnwick Castle. Robin of Sherwood, Elizabeth, and The Hollow Crown have all made use of the castle to create authentic backdrops for historical drama. On any visit, you'll be sure to see a feature or facade you recognise from film and TV.

Step into Hogwarts: visit Alnwick Castle


Alnwick Castle is a filming location unlike any other. So, whether you want to learn flying at Hogwarts, come face to face with a dragon or transform a day out into something extraordinary, it's all waiting for you just off the A1 Motorway. 

To plan your visit to Alnwick Castle, check our opening times and prices and book online for savings on your day out. Then grab your wizarding robes and head for the magic.