ENGLISH HERITAGE
north northumberland

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage


Warkworth Castle Warkworth Hermitage
A Northumbrian Stronghold
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage form one of the most unusual pairs of medieval monuments in Britain. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the Earls (and later Dukes) of Northumberland, they were among the greatest landowners in northern England.
 
The castle and town of Warkworth occupy a naturally fortified site in a loop of the river Coquet, less than a mile from the Northumberland coast. The castle developed around two main elements - a high artificial mound, or motte, and a fortified enclosure, or bailey.
 
 
A Hermitage
On the banks of the nearby river Coquet, and accessible only by boat, are the remains of a chapel known as the hermitage, carved directly out of the cliff rock.
 
The Hermitage is reached by boat and was almost certainly established in about 1400 by the 1st Earl. Rather than a secluded dwelling for a religious recluse (hermit), it was in fact probably a chantry, or private chapel, where a priest performed services in return for a stipend.

The chapel, with three vaulted bays, was carved directly out of the rock. To the right of the altar is a cluster of worn sculptures forming an almost life-size Nativity scene. The inner chamber was probably a closet from which the earl and his retinue could view the service, as there are viewing slits and windows cut in the wall adjoining the chapel.
  • Exhibition
  • Audio Tours
  • Gardens
  • Picnic Area
  • Food and Drink
  • Parking - about 48 spaces.
  • Toilets
  • Souvenir Guide
  • Gift Shop
  • Dogs on lead welcome
  • Exhibition
  • Audio Tours
  • Gardens
  • Picnic Area
  • Food and Drink
  • Parking - about 48 spaces.
  • Toilets
  • Souvenir Guide
  • Gift Shop
  • Dogs on lead welcome
The grounds of Warkworth Castle are open. All indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government's latest advice on travelling.
How to find us
By Car: In Warkworth; 7½ miles South of Alnwick, on A1068.
Parking: Parking for approx 48 spaces. £3.10 charge to all visitors (including members) which is refunded upon admission to the Castle. Additional parking is in the village nearby (approx 200 metres) or there is a Long Stay car park near the beach.
By Bus: Arriva X18 Newcastle - Alnwick & Travelsure 472.
By Train: Alnmouth 3½ miles
Contact: Telephone 01665 711 423 or see website.
Castle opening times (2021)
8 Apr - 30 Jun: daily 10am - 5pm
1 Jul - 31 Aug: daily 10am - 4pm
30 Aug: 10am - 5pm
1 Sep - 31 Oct: daily 10am - 5pm
1 Nov - 19 Dec: Sat/Sun 10am - 4pm
Closed: Christmas (24-25 Dec)
26 Dec - 31 Dec: daily 10am - 5pm
1 Jan - 20 Feb: Sat/Sun 10am - 4pm
21 Feb - 27 Feb: Sat/Sun 10am - 4pm
28 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed-Sun 10am - 4pm
Hermitage opening times (2021)
3 May & 31 May: 10am - 5pm
1 Jan - 20 Feb: Sat/Sun 10am - 5pm
2 Jul - 30 Aug: Fri-Mon 11am - 4pm
31 Aug - 31 Mar: Closed
Admissions (2021)
Warkwoth Castle Joint Ticket
Member: Free
Adult:£8.70 (£7.90*)
Child: (5-17 years): £5.20 (£4.70*)
Concession tool-tip: £7.90 (£7.10*)
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children): £22.60 (£20.50*)
Family (1 adults, up to 3 children): £13.90 (£12.60*)
* price without donation
 
Free Entry:-
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Overseas Visitor Pass: 9 or 16 days
Remember to bring your membership card with you when you visit. If you've lost it or forgotten it, call Customer Services on 0370 333 1181 (Monday to Saturday).
Additional charges for members and non-members may apply on event days.
 
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