Visit Warkworth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Warkworth, Northumberland. The castle dominates the town from a hill up which the main road angles and climbs. When traffic entered from the North through a narrow medieval bridge and gatehouse arch, the effect was even more dramatic than today when a new bridge over the Coquet sweeps motorists easily into the centre. The l4th-century bridge is now for pedestrians only. The village itself is of interest with terraces of 18th- and l9th-century houses built in grey stone with red roofs. It still looks as if it were clinging to the protection of the great stronghold. It is in fact, tightly packed on a peninsula of the river, with the castle guarding the neck and the sea within earshot. St Laurence's Church is the only fairly complete Norman church in the county. It has five Norman windows in the nave, a highly decorated chancel arch and vaulted chancel ceiling, and a rare l4th-century stone spire. There is a l5th-century priest's room over the porch. The church has a well-preserved effigy of a crosslegged knight of about 1330.
Warkworth, near the mouth of the Coquet, has a sandy beach only 1 mile away and fishing and boating in the river. You can travel by boat from the castle (or follow a shady path) upstream to the Hermitage, an unusual refuge dug into the face of the bluff by some hermit in the 14th century. Not much is known about him, but he hollowed out a chapel and two living chambers on two floors connected by steps. Hermits lived here into the 16th century. The hermitage belongs to the Ministry of Public Building and Works as does the castle. Coquet Island offshore was also supposed to be the retreat of solitary monks.
The castle is the most splendid ruin of its type in Northumberland. It has not been extensively restored as were the castles at Bamburgh and Alnwick. The first fortification on the site was probably in 1139, with a curtain wall added in the early 13th century. The chief building period came in the late 14th and early 15th century and a good deal remains from this, including the highly impressive keep. The castle came into the hands of the Percys in the 14th century and remained theirs for some 600 years.
Nearby towns: Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Morpeth, Newbiggin-by-the-sea
Nearby villages: Adderbury, Aynho, Banbury, Barford St Michael, Bloxham, Chacombe, Cropredy, Croughton, Culworth, Farthinghoe, Great Bourton, Greatworth, Halse, Hanwell, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Kings Sutton, Middleton Cheney, Newbottle, Shotteswell, Steane, Sulgrave, Twyford, Warkworth, Warmington
Have you decided to visit Warkworth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Warkworth bed and breakfast (a Warkworth B&B or Warkworth b and b)
- a Warkworth guesthouse
- a Warkworth hotel (or motel)
- a Warkworth self-catering establishment, or
- other Warkworth accommodation