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

About Alnwick Castle

The castle’s rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpower plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most celebrated knight, Harry Hotspur.

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

In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, featuring as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films and as a location for ITV’s Downton Abbey.

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

To book a visit, or for any further information, please contact our group bookings team on
01665 511 184 or

Group Benefits

Groups of 14 or more people receive the following benefits:
  • Discounted admission
  • Free admission for driver and group leader
  • Free parking and easy drop-off
  • Free dining voucher for driver
  • Specialist tours available on request
  • Meet-and-greet service available
  • Range of bookable tours and activities

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

Bookable tours and activities

We advise you to check whether a tour is available, particularly during peak times of our season such as school holidays before advertising your group visits.

State Rooms Tour
The State Rooms are home to one of the finest art and furniture collections in the country, including works by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck, along with an extensive Meissen, Chelsea and Paris porcelain porcelein collection. 
lasts approx. 45 minutes (max. 20 per tour)
‘Alnwick on Location’ Tour
Join a entertaining guide for a cinematic journey around the Castle grounds, which have played a part in historical features, Shakespeare adaptations and, most famously, two Harry Potter films. 
lasts approx. 45 minutes (max. 50 per tour)
Private Historical Grounds Tour
Join one of our well-informed guides for a tour of the castle's grounds. Learn about the long history of Alnwick Castle, its origins, uses, and restorations, and hear stories of the fascinating families that have lived here over the past 900 years.
lasts approx. 45 minutes (max. 50 per tour)
Broomstick Training
Join our resident wizarding professors and take part in one of our world-famous broomstick training sessions, on the very spot where Harry Potter had his first flying lesson!
lasts approx. 30 minutes. (max. 40 per session)

Additional Information

If you would like further information regarding group visits or would like to make a reservation with us, please contact 

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