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Downton Abbey came to Alnwick Castle

11 September 2014

Alnwick Castle offers history on a grand scale. The castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years, and more recently featured as a location in Downton Abbey and as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

Downton Abbey

We are delighted to announce that Alnwick Castle is featuring as a new location in season five of ITV's Downton Abbey.

Extensive filming took place in July and August 2014, largely focusing on the castle's lavish State Rooms but also featuring the castle exteriors.

Groups visiting in our 2015 season can tour the State Rooms featured in the series and see behind-the-scenes photography and items from the filming.

About Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country; it has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations.

Conveniently situated less than a mile off the A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh, Alnwick Castle is an ideal destination for group visits.

Group benefits

Groups of 14 or more people receive the following benefits:

  • Discounted admission
  • Free admission for driver and group leader
  • 10% gift shop discount
  • Free parking and easy drop-off
  • Discounted refreshment packages
  • Discounted guidebooks
  • Free dining voucher for driver
  • Specialist tours and foreign language guides available
  • Meet-and-greet service available

We are also very happy to discuss special rates for regular visitors and we welcome enquiries about bespoke visits.

State Rooms

The remarkable art and furniture in the State Rooms is one of the country's finest private collections, including works by Canaletto, Titian, Van Dyck, Turner, and Dobson; an extensive gallery of Meissen, Chelsea, and Paris porcelain; and the priceless Cucci cabinets, originally created for Louis XIV of France.

Below Stairs

The Edwardian servants’ corridor of Alnwick Castle is undergoing a transformation. Extensive research in the Northumberland Estates’ archive has led to the renovation of the corridor to as it appeared at the turn of the twentieth century.

The butler’s waiting room and bedroom opened in 2014, housing the first stages of the castle’s World War One exhibition. This exhibition explores the impact of the War on those who lived and worked at the castle and on the estate, including household staff and members of the Percy family.

Further rooms and exhibits on this corridor will open in 2015.

Contact us

For more information about our group offer, please visit our groups page, or contact the group bookings office at groups@alnwickcastle.com or 01665 511 184.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Please visit our groups page or call 01665 511 184 for more information about group visits to Alnwick Castle.