In the 1850s, Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland set about restoring Alnwick Castle.  He employed the English architect Anthony Salvin for the work on the exterior and the Italian architect Commendatore Luigi Canina to design interiors inspired by 16th century palaces of Rome.

The Lower Guard Chamber

Behind the grand oak front door sits the Lower Guard Chamber, welcoming visitors with its extraordinary display of Arms and Accoutrements largely dating to the late 18th century and the Percy Tenantry Volunteers.  

The Upper Guard Chamber

The Grand Staircase leads onto the Upper Guard Chamber with its marble terrazzo floor, plasterwork ceiling and majestic marble figures of Justice and Britannia.

The Library

The magnificent Library, housing nearly 15,000 books, occupies the entire first floor of the large tower that was added to the keep during the 19th century restoration.  It is the favourite room of the family when they are in residence.

The Drawing Room

In the Drawing Room the carved, painted and gilded ceiling, painted frieze, silk wall hangings, carved doors, dado and window shutters, marble fireplace and massive overmantel mirror exhibit the full extent of the influence of Italian design.

The Dining Room

The Great Hall, now the State Dining Room, has been the centre of castle life since medieval times.  The Percy family continue to use it regularly today.

The China Gallery

In 2006, the important collection of Meissen, Chelsea and Paris ceramics was displayed in a manner that was inspired by the interior design of the European porcelain palaces of the 17th and 18th centuries.