Alnwick Castle sets out reopening plans

Plans are being made to open the grounds of Alnwick Castle to visitors in time for the main holiday season.

Saturday, 11th July 2020, 6:00 am

Northumberland Estates is working to overcome the difficulties of ensuring a medieval castle complies with coronavirus guidelines.

Andrew Robson at Northumberland Estates said: “Alnwick Castle is such an important draw for the tourist industry in Northumberland we are keen to see it opening as soon as is feasible.

“However many changes need to be made for us to operate safely in line with Covid 19 restrictions, and some of these are complex to achieve in a medieval castle.

Alnwick Castle. Picture Jane Coltman

“We realise how important opening the castle is for the town and local businesses as we all struggle to return to some form of normality, so we are working hard to overcome the many challenges and demonstrate our support for local business at this very difficult time.”

Visitors will be required to purchase timed tickets to visit the castle in advance via the Alnwick Castle website, with a limited number available each day to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Tickets will be priced at £6 for adults with under 16s free of charge, and a donation from every ticket sold will be shared between the Northumberland Estates charity of the year HospiceCare North Northumberland and three Alnwick charities, The Fusiliers’ Museum, The Alnwick Playhouse and the Bailiffgate Museum.

Further details on an opening date and more detail on what visitors can expect from a visit to the castle this summer, along with FAQs, will be made available shortly via https://www.alnwickcastle.com/.

The Barbican of Alnwick Castle.

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