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Warkworth Castle

Once a favourite residence of the powerful Percy family, Warkworth Castle and its lovely village occupy a natural defensive position on a spur in the River Coquet, about a mile from the sea. The Percys were involved in many feuds and plots, not least playing a key part in the Wars of the Roses. Though ruined, their castle at Warkworth displays more than a hint of its previous grandeur, with rich heraldic carvings, including the great lion of the Percys looking down from the 14th century great tower, beautiful Gothic-style windows and grand rooms. The 4th Earl even planned to build a church inside the castle walls - though it was never finished. Warkworth also features in Shakespeare's Henry IV.  Nearby and included in the entrance fee, is the Hermitage - a medieval chapel carved out of rock and accessible (at limited times) only by boat.

Castle Terrace
Post Code
NE65 0UJ
Main Historic Period
Link to featured article
Alnick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh
Primary Management
English Heritage

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