Warkworth Castle & Hermitage, Warkworth

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Explore this ruined medieval castle; one of the largest and most imposing in North East England. Take a free audio tour of the fortress and be guided through the remains of the fine gatehouse, great hall, and circuit of towered walls. Pause to appreciate the superb views of the surrounding area. Imagine how the inhabitants of Warkworth Castle & Hermitage lived, including the powerful Percy family and ‘Harry Hotspur,’ star of many Border ballads and bane of Scottish raiders. Bring a picnic to have on the castle grounds. There are no picnic benches, so take a blanket with you. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Warkworth Castle & Hermitage and many more Amble attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Amble travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    A great visitor experience made better still by a really informative and interesting free audio guide. The sophistication and complexity of the fortifications and especially the Keep are amazing. Defi...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Enjoyed visiting the hermitage as the ferryman was amusing and knowledgeable. The castle is a great example of its type. Loved it.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Yet another visit to our favourite castle, this time with our young grandson as there was a knights' battle taking place. It was excellent, the two young men, Lewis and Jay, being very professional an...  more »
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  • Very well maintained and preserved castle and keep. There are no facilities there as such, just a small gift shop/ticket office. Dogs are allowed on leads. Obviously access will be an issue for some disabled visitors as there are a lot of stone steps, small doors etc. We stayed about an hour, it was nice to sit on the grass in the sun after exploring the castle. Bring a picnic!
  • This was our first visit with my wife and two children aged 5 and 2yrs. When you go in the shop at the site is quite small and doesn't have a lot for sale though they do offer hot drinks. On a nice day I would bring a picnic to eat on the grass or picnic tables inside the castle and enjoy viewing what's there. Or a quick walk into the town offers plenty of nice places to eat if you want something more substantial. The member of staff there on our visit was very friendly and helpful. They offer an audio tour which is quite good and recommended. The castle is a great place to look around with plenty to see even if the castle isn't as big as somewhere like Dover. My 5yr old loved the visit and found it hugely interesting, his opinion being 'It's the best castle ever!' I found things a bit more difficult with our 2yr old as there are quite a lot of stone stairs, etc which he could easily fall down, so if you have younger children you'll need to keep an eye in them. Other than that we had a lovely time, it is a very interesting place to visit, we will be going back. There is paid parking at the site, however you get this back when you pay to get into the castle.
  • Worth a visit , we went of a Medieval day , so the place was full with plenty going on. Have to pay for carpark , but cost is refunded from the castle ticket office so make sure you take you reimbursement slip off your ticket. Some great views of the surrounding country side from the castles tower
  • Beautiful medieval castle ruins, the dog and kids ran around exploring and having fun. Only facility is a a ticket shop and toilet. I will visit again to see the hermatige as 2 year olds we're too tired. The town is pretty and nice for walking and a pub does really nice food and allows dogs. Nice day out.
  • This castle was great, what a perfect detour off of the A1! It's largely outdoors, so that's important to consider depending on the weather. A bunch of cool details to be found about the remains of the castle, and some good information signs to help you imagine what was going on in the past and what things may have looked like. Worth noting that there is a Hermitage within a 15min walk and it was included with our admission (thanks to the English Heritage Pass), but we didn't have the time to take advantage of that. Parking should be paid for, but it's refunded at the ticket counter upon admission - just bring the receipt from the parking machine.

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