What's on

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...

Broomstick Training

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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

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.

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.

Alnwick Castle 'On Location' Tour

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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

State Rooms Tours

31 Mar - 29 Oct 2017

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

Have-a-go archery

08 Apr - 29 Oct 2017

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

A selection of early charters relating to the castle
The Northumberland Collection includes paintings by Canaletto, Turner, Titian and Van Dyck, and the library contains approximately 14,000 volumes. The archive houses the business papers of the Northumberland Estates, in addition to family papers of the Percys and records from Syon House.

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Tureen from Meissen Dinner Service circa 1745 Triple Portrait, follower of Titian

About the Northumberland Collection and Archive

The Northumberland Collection and Archive is privately owned and fully funded by the Percy family. The archive is open strictly by advance appointment only.


Please see below for downloadable guidelines about making enquiries to the collection and archive:

Before requesting a search of the archives, it is recommended that enquirers try the following sources:

  • For family history enquiries, there is a free online index of parish registers of baptism, marriage and burial available at www.familysearch.org
  • An excellent introduction and resource for genealogists is provided at: www.genuki.org.uk
  • The Northumberland County Record Office can be contacted at:
    Northumberland Museum and Archives,
    Queen Elizabeth II Country Park,
    NE63 9YF
  • For enquiries regarding Syon, the London Metropolitan Archives can be contacted at:
    London Metropolitan Archives,
    Head Archivist, Dr Deborah Jenkins,
    40 Northampton Road,
    EC1R 0HB

Other useful websites include:

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Select bibliography of publications relating to the history of the Percy family and Alnwick Castle:

Alnwick Castle Guidebook

Syon House Guidebook

Shrimpton, Colin, A History of Alnwick Parks and Pleasure Grounds (Derby, 2006)

(The three volumes above are available through the Alnwick Castle Gift Shop. Contact Mr Stuart Richardson on 01665 511102)

Brenan, Gerald, A History of the House of Percy, Volumes I and II, (Freemantle & Co, London, 1902) Out of print.

DeFonblanque, Edward Barrington, The Annals of the House of Percy, Volumes I and II, (Richard Clay & Sons, London, 1887) Out of print.

Hartshorne, C.H, A Guide to Alnwick Castle, (London, Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, 1865) Out of print

Lomas, Richard A., A Power in the Land: The Percys, (Tuckwell Press Ltd, 1999) Out of print

Lomas, Richard A., The Fall of the House of Percy, (John Donald Publishers Ltd, 2007) ISBN 978-0859766470

Middlemas, Keith, As They Really Were: the Citizens of Alnwick 1831, (Frances Lincoln, 2012) ISBN-10: 0711232903

Pevsner, N., Northumberland (Buildings of England), (Yale University Press, 1992) ISBN 978-0300096385

Rose, Alexander, Kings in the North, (Phoenix, 2003) ISBN 978-1842124857

Tate, George, The History of the Borough, Castle and Barony of Alnwick, Volumes I and II, (Alnwick, Henry Hunter Blair, 1868-9) Out of print.

W. Hylton Dyer Longstaffe, The Old Heraldry of the Percys, (Newcastle, 1860) Out of print. (Archaeologia Aeliana 2nd Series, Vol. 4, 1860)

NB. Out of print items should be available via the inter-library loans scheme at any local library.