Brief History of Warkworth Castle
- 1157: Henry II takes Northumberland; gives castle and manor to "Roger son of Richard"
- 1173: William the Lion, once earl of Northumerland, besieges castle; Roger flees
- 1214: Considerable building and structural improvement by Robert son of Roger.
- 1327: Scots lay siege to Warkworth, second attack led by Robert the Bruce, castle defended
- 1332: Lord Percy of Alnwick gains Warkworth Castle
- 1462: Given to brother George by Edward IV; Yorkist campaign headquarters until 1469;
- 1572: Castle spoiled considerably by Sir John Forster, the warden of Middle Marches
- 1585: 8th Percy dies in Tower for role in Guy Fawkes' plot; castle given to Sir Ralph Grey
- 1617: James I stops in castle but finds sheep and goats in every room, much decay
- 1672: 272 wagon loads of lead, timber taken from castle to build manor-house at Chirton
Visitor Information Summary
- Run by English Heritage, so check in advance for potential events / activities
- Accessible site
- Pet dogs allowed on lead
- Sat Nav: NE65 0UJ