ENGLISH HERITAGE
north northumberland
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Warkworth Castle 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.
 
Warkworth Hermitage 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
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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
Telephone: 01665 711 423
Daily opening times (2019)
Castle Opening Times
1 Apr - 30 Sep: daily 10am - 6pm
1 Oct - 3 Nov: daily 10am - 5pm
4 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat-Sun 10am - 4pm
24 Dec - 25 Dec: Closed
26 Dec - 1 Jan: daily 10am - 4pm
2 Jan - 16 Feb: Sat-Sun 10am - 4pm
17 Feb - 23 Feb: daily 10am - 4pm
24 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed-Sun 10am - 4pm
Hermitage Opening Times
1 Apr - 30 Jun [Sun, Mon, and Bank Holidays]: 11am - 4pm
1 Jul - 31 Aug [Fri - Mon]: 11am - 4pm
1 Sep - 3 Nov [Sun - Mon]: 11am - 4pm
4 Nov - 31 Mar (2020): Closed
Admissions (2019)
Castle and Hermitage Joint Ticket - Separate admission tickets are available
Adult:£11.30
Concessions:£10.20
Children under 16:£6.80
Children under 5:Free
Family Group:£29.40
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