What's on

Have-a-go archery

08 Apr - 29 Oct 2017

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

Dragon Quest

14 Apr - 29 Oct 2017

NEW FOR 2017! Brave the darkness of the dragon's lair before coming face-to-face with the fearsome beast.

Broomstick Training

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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

Alnwick Castle 'On Location' Tour

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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

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...

Trouvère Minstrels

11 Jun 2017

Experience the courtly entertainment of medieval music-making with these travelling minstrels.

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.

State Rooms Tours

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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


History of Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle has undergone many changes and restorations over the centuries, from a simple motte and bailey arrangement nearly 1,000 years ago to the palatial family home it is today.

Eras of the castle's uses and restorations

The Early Centuries

There has been a castle on the site at Alnwick for 1,000 years. Learn about its origins as a more simple motte and bailey.

The Baileys

The castle's keep is surrounded by two vast baileys and towers which have had a variety of interesting uses.

The Keep

The keep was the very heart of the castle, complete with kitchen, chambers, dining room, and even a dungeon.

18th Century Restorations

Learn about how the disused military garrison was transformed into a luxury 18th century residence.

19th Century Restorations

Transformation of the State Rooms into lavish Italianate style and the re-medievalising of the castle's exterior.

The Present Day

Alnwick Castle is still the home of the present Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, opening its doors to visitors for seven months of the year.

The castle comprises of a variety of areas which have had many fascinating uses over the centuries. Learn more about them here.