Alnwick Castle is proud to announce our newest addition to the castle — and it’s a blast from the past!

A replica Napoleonic cannon will be taking its place on our Gun Terrace in October 2019 — in the very spot where it would have been fired historically. The cannon is a firing replica of one of our historic British cannon and is crafted from bronze.

Used on both battlefields and defensively to protect castles, a cannon was a mode of attack. These powerful machines were used to drive heavy cannonballs at the enemy and opposition castles, causing great destruction in their path — and now, you can experience a real life cannon fire for yourself.

We’re bringing history to life for you and your family, as we’ll be firing the cannon at selected dates throughout the year. Gun salutes have occurred at Alnwick Castle since at least the time of the 1st Duke; in 1760, the Duke and Duchess were 'complimented by a discharge of cannon’, records show.

Providing entertainment for visitors young and old, don’t miss this incredible event as we bring this long-standing tradition back for modern audiences.

Take a look at our events page for dates and details, and plan your visit today. Remember, there’s 10% off tickets when you book online in advance!