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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick, Northumberland

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Alnwick Castle is one of Europe’s finest castles. It is the second largest inhabited castle in England, the first being Windsor Castle.

It has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. The earliest mention of Alnwick Castle in the history books appears soon after 1096 when Yves de Vescy became baron of Alnwick and erected the earliest parts of the Castle. The Castle was first restored by the 1st Lord Percy of Alnwick in the early 1300's and portions of this restoration remain today, including the Abbot's Tower, the Middle Gateway and the Constable's Tower.

Set in a stunning landscape it dominates the skyline, overlooking the historic market town of Alnwick. Dating from the 11th century it has a history as colourful as it is long, being at the centre of many of the country’s famous historical events from bloody Border battles to the dramatic intrigues of the Guy Fawkes plot.

Majestic and imposing, the Castle and Grounds are a ‘must see’ attraction and widely recognised as a setting for Harry Potter’s school, ‘Hogwarts’. Harry Spotter Tours of the places where memorable scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot take place daily and also feature the Castle's home-grown hero Harry Hotspur.  Alnwick Castle has many delights - wonderful medieval architecture, fine art treasures, luxurious State Rooms, beautiful setting, fun children’s activities, special events programme, quality dining and shopping.

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Location:  Alnwick Castle, Norhtumberland

Grid Reference: Ceremonial County:  Northumberland

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Getting there: Alnwick Castle is on the outskirts of Alnwick town, just over a mile from the A1. It is 33 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne; 30 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed and the Scottish Border.
When you reach the Alnwick junction on the main A1 road follow the signs for Alnwick Town Centre. There are various Car Parks close to the Castle at Greenwell Lane and Bailiffgate. Or you can follow signs for Alnwick Castle and Garden park at Denwick Lane in areas highlighted as the Alnwick Garden Car Park. 

Access:. The Main Entrance is at Castle Square opposite Baliffgate and there is also an Admissions Kiosk at Greenwell Lane as well as via the Garden.
Website: www.alnwickcastle.com
Other Useful Websites: Alnwick Castle on Tesco
Email: enquiries@alnwickcastle.com
Address: Alnwick Castle Ventures, The Estate Offices, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland
Postcode: NE66 1NQ Telephone:  01665 510777
24 Hour Information: 01665 511100
Opening Times: 20th March to 26th October 2008  Daily - 11.00AM to 5.00PM. Grounds are open 10.00AM to 6.00PM  See also events diary

Charges: Accepts Tesco Deals vouchers

DAILY TICKET Adult - £10.50; Child - £4.50, under 5 years - free
Concession - £9.00;  Family - £27.50

Also weekly and season tickets are available click here for details

Nearby Locations: The Alnwick Garden
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CIN Page Ref: alnwick_castle

Classification: Castle

Date Updated: 07/2008

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