Northumberland is home to approximately 70 castles, each retaining a dramatic sense of the history that accompanies this part of the land. In the north of the country are perhaps the 3 most famous. There’s Bamburgh Castle, completely remodelled and rebuilt by Victorian entrepreneur Lord Armstrong; Dunstanburgh Castle, a fortress built in the 14th Century and Alnwick Castle dominating the town and perhaps most recognisable from its starring role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series of films.

Scenes from Harry Potter were filmed just up the road at Alnwick Castle, of course… but we like to think that the trend was started a very long time ago, here in Warkworth when William Shakespeare set scenes from Henry IV Part One in Warkworth Castle. Warkworth Castle and The Hermitage, the imposing, cross-shaped keep of Warkworth Castle, rises steeply above the River Coquet, crowning one of the largest, strongest & most impressive fortresses in Northern England.

The lion badge of the Castle’s most famous owners – the Percy Family – adorns the stronghold. Their imperial power culminated under the Earl of Northumberland and his son ‘Harry Hotspur’, hero of many Border Battles and Ballads and a dominant character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent ‘kingmakers’ both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths.


The Hall is an unfurnished architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its fabulous Pillars. Explore the great room of the ruined medieval castle and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower.

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It has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, through 700  years of drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance. In recent years it has taken the starring role of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Steeped in history, Lindisfarne is a romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views. Accessible by causeway, be sure to check the tide times before visiting!

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An iconic castle ruin, once one of the largest and grandest fortifications in Northern England. The castle dominates one of the most beautiful stretches of Northumberland coastline.

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Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

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If you are planning a fun family day out in Northumberland then look no further than Warkworth Castle with its magnificent cross-shaped keep crowning a hilltop above the River Coquet.

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Built in the 12th century and only 20 minutes away from the seaside. This historic castle was once home to Sir Humphry Wakefield and his family. If you want to hold a function, go on a ghost tour, or even a place to host your wedding, then Chillingham Castle is the place to be.

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