What's on

State Rooms Tours

06 Sep - 13 Sep 2016

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

Broomstick Training

20 Jun - 13 Sep 2016

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

The Lost Cellars performances

21 Jun - 13 Sep 2016

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

Temporary closure

14 Sep - 16 Sep 2016

Alnwick Castle will be closed on the 14th, 15th and 16th September 2016

Historical Grounds Tour

24 Mar - 13 Sep 2016

Join our knowledgeable guides to hear fascinating stories of the castle's architecture and history.

Alnwick Castle 'On Location' Tour

24 Mar - 13 Sep 2016

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

Longbow Demonstrations

22 Aug - 24 Aug 2016

Watch demonstrations of one of medieval Britain's most powerful weapons - the longbow.

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The Percy Family

Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years, a family with a history as illustrious as the castle's own. Discover the various eras of the Percy family in the sections below.

Eras of the Percy family

Before Alnwick Castle

1066-1315: The first generation of the Percy family in England moved to these shores after the Battle of Hastings.

Lords of Alnwick

1315-1403: Border warfare and the rise of Alnwick's teenage knight, Harry Hotspur.

Harry Hotspur

c.1364-1403: Harry Hotspur, Alnwick's most famous son and England's most famous knight.

Earls of Northumberland

1413-1670: From battle-hardened warriors to a lover of Anne Boleyn and a gunpowder plotter.

Dukes of Somerset

1670-1750: The three year-old Percy heiress, her three marriages and the rise of the Dukes of Somerset.

The 1st Duke and Duchess

1740-1786: Restorers of Alnwick Castle; passionate collectors; renowned, fashionable hosts.

The 19th Century

1742-1899: A soldier, a volunteer army, Roman antiquities, and a Victoria Cross recipient.

The 20th Century

1900-1994: Two World Wars, star-crossed lovers, politics and filmmaking.

The Percy Family Today

Ralph Percy, 12th and current Duke of Northumberland, still lives at Alnwick Castle with his family.

The Percy family is full of fascinating characters, from a teenage knight and a kingmaker to passionate collectors and a gunpowder plotter.