Alnwick Castle

In a nutshell

Explore the beautiful grounds, discover the Harry Potter connection, meet characters from history, many family events held throughout the year.


Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ

Contact details

Tel: 01665 511100

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Alnwick Castle details...

If you are looking for a day out with the children that will offer intrigue, history and fun, then Alnwick Castle in Northumberland will be the perfect destination.

The second largest inhabited castle in England the magnificent medieval Alnwick Castle home to the Percy family for over 700 years, is a popular film and television location, most notably serving as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.

Guided tours bring the Castle’s history to life with entertaining costumed guides offering an extra dimension to any visit. Tours include the Italianate State Rooms, which house a wonderful private collection, assembled over the years by the Percys, of art, furniture and ceramics.

Outdoors, join an historical grounds tour to learn about the Castle’s origins and uses and to see its amazing architecture and Capability Brown landscape. There is lots on offer for children. ’The Lost Cellars’ attraction (ages 13+) reveals what lay below the castle walls, telling tales of grisly folklore aided by the very latest audio technology and lighting. Don’t miss ’Have-a-go archery’ (ages 9+ and small charge) where young visitors can try their hand at one of England’s oldest skills. In Knight’s Quest, children can dress up in medieval costumes and meet the Castle’s different personalities, experiencing medieval life by playing traditional games in the square, or even enjoy swordplay as a knight. Harry Potter fans, whatever their age, can book onto a broomstick training session led by wizard professors. Sessions are very popular and free with admission, but tickets are limited.

The events programme includes entertainment such as longbow demonstrations, fire-eating jesters and medieval music making. It really is a fantastic family destination and tickets can be validated for unlimited free visits for a year, at no extra cost. See website for current ticket prices and online deals.

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Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. As we look ahead to Christmas, we are looking forward to as many attractions and events opening up as possible. Please enjoy browsing the site for trips during the festive period. Remember to check directly with the venue before booking. Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information during this period.