PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:50 14 May 2015
If you are planning a fun family day out in Northumberland then look no further than Warkworth Castle with its magnificent cross-shaped keep crowning a hilltop above the River Coquet
The castle’s most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. It was once home to ‘Harry Hotspur’, hero of many Border ballads and the bane of Scots raiders.
Still roofed and almost complete, the uniquely-planned keep dates mainly from the end of the 14th century. It presides over the extensive remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls.
Half a mile from the castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessible only by boat, stands a much more peaceful building: the late medieval cave Hermitage and chapel of a solitary holy man.
. The Medieval Hermitage tucked away upstream and accessible only by boat;
. The free audio tour of this impressive fortress;
. A fantastic summer events programme
. The Lion badge of the Percy family.
Please visit our website for opening times and admission prices.