Alnwick Castle

About Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in the town of Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and remodelled a number of times. It is a Grade I listed building and as of 2012 received over 800,000 visitors per year.

The current duke and his family live in the castle, but occupy only a part of it. The castle is open to the public throughout the summer. After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England. Alnwick was the tenth most-visited stately home in England according to the Historic Houses Association, with 195,504 visitors in 2006.

Since World War II, parts of the castle have been used by various educational establishments: Firstly, by the Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School; then, from 1945 to 1977, as Alnwick College of Education, a teacher training college; and, since 1981, by St. Cloud State University of Minnesota as a branch campus forming part of their International Study Programme.

Special exhibitions are housed in three of the castle’s perimeter towers. The Postern Tower, as well as featuring an exhibition on the Dukes of Northumberland and their interest in archaeology, includes frescoes from Pompeii, relics from Ancient Egypt and Romano-British objects. Constable’s Tower houses military displays like the Percy Tenantry Volunteers exhibition, local volunteer soldiers raised to repel Napoleon’s planned invasion in the period 1798–1814. The Abbot’s Tower houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.

The castle is used as a stand-in for the exterior and interior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, which has led to an increase in public interest. Its appearance in the films has helped shape the public imagination regarding what castles should look like. Its condition contrasts with the vast majority of castles in the country, which are ruinous and unfit for habitation. The wide angle images are computer generated. It has previously been a location used in Becket, The Black Adder, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and many others.

The castle grounds are also regularly in use as a cross country running venue as part of the North East Harrier League.

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