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Alnwick and Warkworth Castles

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  • 8 Hours
  • Grade: Moderate
  • From £260.00

Tour the homes of the true kings of the North!

Explore the fortresses of the most powerful northern lords in the Middle Ages.

During their use as border castles, both Alnwick and Warkworth were the residence of the Percy family, the Earls of Northumberland and powerful lords in English history – becoming powerful enough to revolt against Henry IV during his reign. Many of the battles against the Scots on the Anglo-Scottish border involve the Percy family and they had a strong rivalry with the Douglas noble house in Scotland.

Alnwick Castle is the current residence of the Percys, who have innovated the ancient fortress into an amazing tourism attraction – including a world-famous poison garden. Alnwick is also famous for cinema – most famously as Gryffindor common room and Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Warkworth was the Percy’s original fortress and is picturesquely sat in a bend of the Coquet River and has one of the best-preserved Norman Churches in England – St. Laurence Church. This tour is a fantastic way to discover one of the most captivating medieval families in the British Isles!

Pickup & Drop Off

We collect customers from your accommodation on the day of the tour, please include details of your accommodation during booking to facilitate this. 

Departure Time

We will collect you by 9 am on the day of your tour. 

What to Bring

  • Clothing for any weather (this is England, after all!)
  • Shoes you’re comfortable walking in
  • A camera to capture photos of your favourite sights

Before you Come

  • We’ll need a mobile/cell phone number that we can contact you on in case of any last-minute changes on the day of your tour
  • Let us know if you have any disabilities within your group (e.g. wheelchair use, vision impairment) and we will make the necessary arrangements
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is cancelled, you will not be entitled to a refund.

If you Need to Cancel

  • More than 3 days before a booked tour: we’ll provide a full refund
  • Less than 3 days before a booked tour: we’ll charge a 50% cancellation fee
  • Less than 1 day before a booked tour: we’ll charge a 100% cancellation fee