The lavish Italian Renaissance style interiors of the State Rooms, with their richly carved, painted and gilded ceilings inspired by those in the Vatican, St Peter and Castle St Angelo in Rome, sumptuous silk wall coverings and pre-eminent works of art, are contained like a jewel within the magnificent fortress castle exterior.

The State Rooms are open to visitors from 10.30am - 4.30pm daily (last admission 4pm).
Please note that photography is not permitted within the State Rooms.
During peak times in our opening season (10.30am - 2.30pm during July and August) a timeslot ticket is required for entry to the State Rooms. Please collect this from the Drawbridge on your arrival to Alnwick Castle.


In the 1850s, Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland set about restoring Alnwick Castle.  He employed the English architect Anthony Salvin for the work on the exterior and the Italian architect Commendatore Luigi Canina to design interiors inspired by 16th century palaces of Rome.

The Grand Staircase leads onto the Upper Guard Chamber with its marble mosaic floor, plasterwork ceiling and majestic marble figures of Justice and Britannia.

The magnificent Library, housing nearly 15,000 books, occupies the principal floor of the large tower that was added to the keep during the 19th century restoration.  It is the favourite room of the family when they are in residence.

In the Drawing Room the carved, painted and gilded ceiling, painted frieze, silk wall hangings, carved doors, dado and window shutters, marble fireplace and massive overmantel mirror exhibit the full extent of the influence of Italian design. 

The Great Hall, now the State Dining Room, has been the centre of castle life since medieval times.  The Percy family continue to use it regularly today.

In 2006, the important collection of Meissen, Chelsea and Paris ceramics was displayed in a manner that was inspired by the interior design of the European porcelain palaces of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visitors will find one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides in each of the State Rooms; they will be happy to answer questions about the castle and the history of the Percy family.