The palatial interiors of the State Rooms, within the imposing castle keep, are decorated in the finest styles of the Italian Renaissance. Below beautifully carved, painted, and gilded ceilings hang silk wall coverings and an outstanding collection of Old Master paintings. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, the rooms are filled with treasures and stories from Alnwick Castle’s history.
 
Inside, you will also find one of our friendly guides in each of the State Rooms, there to answer questions about the castle and to help keep you safe while restrictions are in place.
 
The State Rooms are open to visitors from 10:30am - 4.30pm daily (last admission 4pm).
 
Alnwick Castle reserves the right to alter any part of its programme. Please call in advance or check our ‘What’s on’ board on arrival to check timings on the day.

Visiting the State Rooms

Entry to the State Rooms is included in your admission, however in order to keep everyone safe strict capacity controls are in operation, and as a result you may have a short wait beyond you are able to gain entry. 

We thank you for your patience and assure you that we will get you inside as soon as it is safe to do so.  

What to expect from your State Rooms visit

Once inside the State Rooms, you are welcome to view them at your leisure.

We ask that you switch your mobile phone off or set it to ‘airplane mode’ prior to entering the State Rooms. 

Photography, food and drinks are not permitted inside.


Please be aware that for the safety of our visitors and staff during the covid-19 pandemic, the Chapel and China Gallery are currently closed.

Safety first

For your safety and that of our staff and other visitors, face coverings must be worn at all times inside the State Rooms. 
 
Prior to entering the State Rooms, our staff will ask you to sanitise your hands at the station provided.  We would like to politely remind visitors to please not touch anything within the rooms for your safety, our staff’s safety, and for the preservation of our historic items and surfaces.
 
We ask that you only visit the State Rooms with members of your household or social bubble, and that you remain with your group throughout your visit.  Please also maintain social distancing during your visit, as not doing so may result in you being asked to leave the State Rooms for the safety of other visitors and our staff. 

Exhibitions at Alnwick Castle

Lions of the North Exhibition

This special exhibition located within the State Rooms celebrates the new book by Ralph Percy, the Duke of Northumberland.  
 
Lions of the North tells the stories of the Percy family and Alnwick Castle through a thousand years of history.  Home to the Percy family for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is also home to a stunning collection of art, porcelain, furniture, and many other items.  A number of those that feature in the Duke’s book have been highlighted in situ around the State Rooms for visitors to see.  Other items, comprising archives, pictures, and objects not normally on public view, are displayed in the Breakfast Room

Please be aware that the exhibition may be closed for covid safety during your visit.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.