Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

ALNWICK CASTLE


ALNWICK CASTLE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

A late 11th century motte castle with a circular stone keep added in the early 12th century. A stone curtain wall was added in the 1130's. In the 14th century the keep was rebuilt with seven semicircular towers and the curtain wall was strengthened and powerful gatehouses added to the keep and outer wall. This made it one of the strongest castles in the country. It was Gothicised in 1755 but much of this was undone when the castle was restored to its original state in the 19th century.


Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor
Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor
Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor

The Bondgate is the only original gateway from the 4 gates that were originally built into the 15th century town wall. The Pottergate is an 18th century rebuild.

Bondgate ©Andrew Tivenan Photo Charles Taylor

 

 

Directions
In the centre of Alnwick, off the A1
Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ

 



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