Perched upon a hill-top overlooking the River Coquet in Northumberland, the imposing Warkworth Castle has been enjoying this panoramic vista for over 900 years. As the largest fortress in Northumberland, the castle proved a vital stronghold during times of Anglo-Scottish conflict, and was home to the powerful Percy family for around 400 years. Follow in the footsteps of the most famous of the Percy's, Harry Hotspur, celebrated English Knight and bane of Scottish raiders, by taking a trip to Warkworth on your next cottage holiday in Northumberland. We have over 50 Northumbrian holiday cottages within a short drive of Warkworth Castle, meaning you can enjoy a great family day out within minutes of leaving the front door of your Northumberland holiday cottage!
So much to see and do at Warkworth Castle & Hermitage
With its rich and notably bloody history, there really is a lot to learn within the walls of Warkworth. As soon as you've laid eyes on the castle's arresting exterior, you'll know that you've chosen the perfect place for a daytrip on your Northumberland cottage holiday. Stroll across the castle's lush lawns absorbing the beauty of the Great Tower, before taking advantage of Warkworth's free audio guide, which offers further insight into the history of the keep. Instil some knowledge into the kids too with the English Heritage's interactive 'Discovery Sacks' and 'Step Inside' activity sheets, before letting them loose in the grounds of the castle, where they're free to recreate some of the more grisly scenes from Warkworth's murky past!
So when can I visit Warkworth Castle?
The English Heritage opens Warkworth Castle to the public seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, so you're free to stay the full day or just make your visit to Warkworth part of a whistle-stop tour around the plethora of other Northumbrian castles in the area. But however you choose to spend the day at Warkworth Castle, a self-catering holiday cottage in Northumberland is the perfect base from which to experience the history of this compelling heritage site.