Warkworth Castle may be a medieval shadow of its former 1150s self but the domineering Northumberland landmark remains a popular attraction to thousands of visitors every year…
Towering proudly above Warkworth village surrounded by the River Coquet, the medieval castle is a sight to behold and instantly recognisable to anyone travelling from the coast.
While it’s not clear exactly when the castle was built, the 1150s is the earliest record with King Henry II accredited with its construction following his acquisition of England’s northern counties.
Its role in the ongoing battles between The English and Scots proved ineffective as the tartan army easily dealt with its weaknesses.
Robert Fitz Richard, son of descendant of Roger fitz Richard, inherited the feeble looking building and gave it a much need bolster.
In 1345 Warkworth Castle was then taken over by the affluent but controversial Percy family, who also owned the famous Alnwick Castle, but preferred to reside within Warkworth.
Today the grade I listed castle and scheduled ancient monument plays host to various events and remains in the Percy family but is managed by the English Heritage.