Alnwick Castle prepares for invasion of visitors with indoor reopening allowed

Alnwick Castle has welcomed news that venues can reopen indoors from May 17.

While the grounds surrounding the castle and outdoor activities re-started last month, visitors will now be able to see the magnificent State Rooms.

Marketing manager Olivia Telfer said: “Alnwick Castle’s mighty walls have held back hostile, murderous attacks in the past, but few threats have forced its doors to be closed for as long as Covid-19.

"Being able to welcome people into the house and State Rooms again is really great news and it is, by far, the most significant stage of our phased re-opening.”

The dining room at Alnwick Castle.

“It’s like a siege has been lifted,” says State Rooms manager Daniel Watkins. “We have an outstanding collection of paintings and period furniture, which has been off limits for most of the last year. It is going to be special having people here to see inside the castle again.”

“For us, the biggest frustration has been the long delay of a special exhibition which should have opened in 2020. Now, at last Lions of the North can be seen. It’s going to be hugely popular with our first guests because it has unique artefacts which have never been seen before.”

“It’s been strange having no visitors inside the castle, but the interior brings its 950-year history alive, and we have missed sharing it.”

Visitors will be able to book a time slot for the State Rooms when they first arrive at the entrance.

Admission tickets must be booked in advance at

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