Opening Times & Prices

We recommend that you pre-book tickets, either by phoning our box office 01827 709618 or online via our What's On page.

We also open on bank holidays (with the exception of the Christmas break) helping you make the most of holidays! There are often special events such as living history, Saxon festivals and historical events that you can get involved in during these times. Please be aware that our special events are popular, so there may be queues. Take a look at our events to see what's on and when! Please do give us a call to check opening hours for these special events and what you can expect. We are also open throughout the year to school parties.

Please note that due to recent storm damage we are unable to fly the Union Flag from our tower this weekend as the mechanism on the flagpole is broken. 

Opening hours
Tuesday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm (last entry 2.30pm)
Sundays and bank holidays 10.00am - 4.00pm (last entry 2.00pm)

9, 10, 16 & 17 December - admission only for Magical Santa Show ticket holders.

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE: The castle will be closed 24-27 December inclusive. The Castle will re-open 28-30 December inclusive.

WINTER CLOSURE: The castle is closed on 31 December. We reopen on 30 January 2024.

General Admission Prices  
Adult (16 yrs+) £9.95 
Child 2-15 years £7.50
Home schooled child (Mon-Fri) £5.50
Child under 2 Free
Concessions (65 yrs+ / Students) £8.95
Family ticket (up to 5 persons) £37.50
Ground floor only £6.00
Carers (valid ID required) Free
Groups of 6 or more £7.50 each
Annual Passes  
Annual Pass Adult (16 yrs+) £29.75
Annual Pass Child (2-15 years) £22.50
Child under 2 Free
Annual Pass Concessions (65 yrs+ / student) £26.75
Annual Pass Family (up to 5 persons) £100.00
  • Admission charges for special events may vary
  • Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Carers are allowed free admission if they can provide appropriate proof of care including registration letter, DWP letter or similar.
  • Please note that the Castle has lots of steep stairs and narrow corridors, therefore pushchairs cannot be taken beyond reception or the Castle courtyard. Pushchairs can be left in the courtyard at owners own risk so please think carefully about leaving pushchairs in your car and finding alternative means of carrying very young children.
  • For information about wheelchair access, please read our access page.
  • N.B. We want you to enjoy your visit… but due to demand for some special events, you may have to queue outside the entrance so please come prepared. Check the weather. We will do our best to serve you as soon as possible.

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