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Medieval crafts and dressing up

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

Join the resident costumed artisans of Alnwick Castle for a different medieval craft each day.

Have-a-go archery

08 Apr - 29 Oct 2017

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

The Lost Cellars performances

15 Apr - 29 Oct 2017

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

State Rooms Tours

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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

Broomstick Training

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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


Media & filming at Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle has been the location for all kinds of film productions and television programmes - most famously taking the starring role of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Downton Abbey Alnwick Castle exterior

Alnwick Castle on film

Alnwick Castle most recently featured as Rouen in the BBC's series of Shakespeare adaptations The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses, as well as starring as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey's 2015 Christmas special. Having already featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films, as well as appearing in Elizabeth and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among others, the castle is no stranger to film crews!

Media and filming opportunities

Alnwick Castle and the surrounding parkland of Hulne Park offer a dramatic and unspoilt setting for filmmakers.

Download our Filming Opportunities PDF to see what we have to offer at Alnwick Castle and Hulne Park.

We welcome filming enquiries and would be glad to do all we can to accommodate your needs; please email press@alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 511 794 to discuss filming opportunities.

Film and television at Alnwick Castle

Most famously in recent years, Alnwick Castle featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. Scenes filmed at the castle include Harry's first Quidditch lesson and the crash-landing of the flying Ford Anglia.

Films which used the castle as a location include:

2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint; directed by Chris Columbus

2001 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint; directed by Chris Columbus

1998 - Elizabeth
Starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, and Christopher Eccleston; directed by Shekhar Kapur

1991 - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman; directed by Kevin Reynolds

1982 - Ivanhoe
Starring Anthony Andrews and James Mason; directed by Douglas Camfield

1979 - The Spaceman and King Arthur
Starring Kenneth More and Jim Dale; directed by Russ Mayberry, produced by Walt Disney

1971 - Mary, Queen of Scots
Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson; directed by Charles Jarrott

1964 - Becket
Starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole; directed by Peter Glenville

Television programmes which used Alnwick Castle as a location:

  • 2016 - The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses
  • 2016 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • 2015 - Downton Abbey (Christmas special)
  • 2015 - The Big Painting Challenge
  • 2014 - Downton Abbey (Christmas special)
  • 2013 - Robson Green's Tales From Northumberland
  • 2011 - Flog It
  • 2011 - Ant and Dec's Red or Black
  • 2010 - Countryfile
  • 2008 - Dickinson's Real Deal
  • 2007 - The Antiques Road Show
  • 2005 - The Virgin Queen
  • 2004 - Bloody Britain
  • 2000 - A Dinner of Herbs
  • 2000 - Watercolour Challenge
  • 1999-2000 - Badger
  • 1998 - A Knight in Camelot
  • 1997 - Ivanhoe
  • 1995-6 - The Famous Five
  • 1995 - The Glass Virgin
  • 1995 - The Fast Show
  • 1995 - Antiques Roadshow
  • 1994 - The Dwelling Place
  • 1994 - Highway
  • 1993 - The Clothes Show
  • 1983 - The Black Adder

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