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ECN - Warkworth Castle

ECN - Warkworth Castle

Join us for the next trip in the Exploring Classical Northumbria series to Warkworth Castle!

A visit to the impressive medieval Percy fortress in the scenic town of Warkworth — with classical literary connections!.

  • Picturesque town dominated by showpiece medieval castle, home to a number of key players in English history, notably the Percy family (the original 'kings in the north').
  • Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War and several wars with Scotland feature among the many historical events in which the castle and town played a part.
  • Castle features in Shakespeare's Henry IV plays: we'll be learning about Warkworth scenes from these inspired by classical writers Plutarch and Virgil!

Depart c. 12:15pm, return c. 6:10pm

Cost:  £8.50 for bus fare (if you 'pair up' you can also buy a Duo ticket, which works out at £6.75 each). Entrance to the castle is free by special arrangement with English Heritage. 

Best to bring lunch supplies to eat on the bus: refreshments including hot drinks are available at the Castle but there's no café as such.


  • Meet at Haymarket bus station (usually Stand Q), ideally by 12:10pm
  • Catch X18 bus at 12:18pm
  • Arrive Warkworth (via part of the scenic Northumbria coastal route) 1:46pm. The bus drops us close to the castle; we'll have ample time to explore it, before heading downhill into the village for a refreshment stop in one the village's excellent cafés/pubs (one of which serves delicious hot desserts!).  Hopefully there should also be time to look at the town's historic church and medieval fortified bridge.
  • We will aim for the 4:42pm bus back from Warkworth, getting back to Haymarket at 6:11pm.  Buses leave at 42 minutes past each hour, though, so you can catch an earlier or later bus back if you like.

You can just turn up on the day, but if you are definitely planning to come it is useful to have some idea of this in advance - especially if you would be travelling under your own steam: in that case, please let me know a contact number. 

More details to be provided in due course but if you're interesed, please email Dr Susanna Phillippo. Friends from outside the School are also welcome!