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“Great castle experience”

Warkworth Castle & Hermitage
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Warkworth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We spent a couple of hours wandering round this fascinating castle and felt that it was a very interesting place to visit at a reasonable price, although we also felt that the Guide Book was essential for full enjoyment of the buildings. The castle has a very chequered history and is partly in ruins, but the Guide Book brings it to life and sets it in a historical context.Well worth a visit, and at around £5 for entry plus £3.50 for the Guide Book, good value for a family (Alnwick Castle and gardens would cost you £25 per person!)

Thank Anne T
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

This stunning ruin, once the home of the Percy family, "The Kings in the North", epitomises just how important the family were to keeping the border with Scotland safe and how their fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout history. Even Shakespeare mentions it in Henry IV!
It is now a beautiful, substantial shell in a loop of the River Coquet, overlooking the pretty little town of Warkworth. Managed by English Heritage (members get in free!), it has a large car park, small admissions office and shop, but inside it is magical, with a huge keep to wander through, loads of other walls and towers to explore and plays host to some very good special events. Who could not feel a tingle down the spine walking in the footsteps of Hotspur himself?
There is nothing high tech about this place (so may not suit all), but if you love history and castles, have a good imagination and pack a lovely picnic, it provides a perfect venue for a morning or afternoon out.
The river walk is very nice, as is the adjacent town.Staff were very welcoming and informative, snacks and drinks could be purchased in the shop, along with related gifts and books. It can get very busy and often has coach parties visiting, so pick your day and time if you want a peaceful visit! Our dogs were also made most welcome, thank you EH!

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I'm not a great fan of historical buildings but this one won me over. The audio commentary was very informative and actually quite funny, although unintentionally so I think, and the castle really impressed with its defensive position. On the back of this visit we joined English Heritage, getting our entry fees back in the process as an added bonus. The staff were very good.

Thank Poconut
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Being from the Midwest, it's almost impossible to put into words what it was like going through Warkworth Castle. The weather was perfect, the grounds were immaculately kept, and the castle itself was in unbelievable condition. So good, in fact, that it was very easy to imagine people living there. There are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, especially from inside the tower. It was also very easy to imagine what the moat would have looked like full of water. You can see it running around the castle. The drawbridge was very easy to imagine as well. Also, the gift shop was great and the ladies running were beyond friendly and helpful. They actually helped me find a train to Edinburgh. I will definitely be going back and I will be staying, again, at Morwick House Bed & Breakfast. The food and accommodations are great, the owners are great, and it right across the street from the castle!

Thank tom m
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Gave it 3 stars as I didn't want to mislead anyone - some of you will think it's boring.

You need to take a wider view of the castle and the overall history to fully appreciate it and the significance.

Set in a nice location and just across the road from and old school pub/hotel the Sun Inn.
Also a short walk from a great beach.

If this is you're thing then its worth a visit

Thank makka_nakka
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