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Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England; it has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

The castle’s rich history is brimming with drama, intrigue, and extraordinary people; from a gunpower plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most-celebrated knight, Harry Hotspur. Combining magnificent medieval architecture with spectacular Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations. In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, featuring as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films, and Transformers V, The Last Knight, and as a location for ITV’s Downton Abbey.

The Royal Ballet | Romeo and Juliet | 11 June at 7.30pm | pre-screening starts at 7pm

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece. Soak up free culture on your doorstep: watch The Royal Ballet on stage at the Royal Opera House in this free live screening at a BP Big Screen at Alnwick Castle.

What do I need to know before I attend?

Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes. However, please note you will not be permitted to bring alcohol onsite and that bag searches may take place for the benefit and security of visitors and staff. Your kind co-operation is much appreciated.

There will be onsite catering available providing hot and cold food, snacks, soft drinks and a fully licensed bar. Full details of concessions and packages will be available soon. Please check the Alnwick Castle website for further details.

Is glass permitted onsite?
We have a strict no glass policy at Alnwick Castle. We kindly ask that any cups or bottles you bring are plastic or cans only.

Do I need a paper ticket?
This is a free event, but you do need a ticket to enter the event. Tickets for these events are supplied electronically – physical tickets will not be sent to you in the post. You can either print out your e-tickets or display the e-ticket on your phone.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?
Tickets are free of charge – please check availability on our website.

What happens if it rains?
This is an outdoor event and will go ahead in the event of rain. Please check the forecast on the day of the screening and arrive prepared for the expected weather conditions. Please note that umbrellas are not permitted.

Are children allowed to attend?
Yes. Please note, the Royal Opera House always seeks guidance regarding content from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). While a 12A rating is the minimum classification level issued for all live screenings in the UK, our content can still be suitable for children of all ages. Click this link for further information regarding the classification of filmed content.

Is seating provided?
No, please make sure you bring blankets or camp chairs etc to sit on.

Can I bring my dog?
Only service dogs are allowed at these events. No other dogs are permitted.

When can I arrive?
Gates will be open from 5.30pm.

What time does the Screening start and finish?*
19:00 Pre-Show
19:30 Act I
20:30 Interval
20:50 Act II
21:25 Interval
21:45 Act III
22:25 End
*please note these are approximate timings.

Is on-site parking available?
There is on-street parking available on Bailiffgate, The Peth, Ratton Row, Northumberland Street and Howling Lane. There are car parks available in town, on Dispensary Street and Greenwell Road. Please make sure you check for any tariffs and parking restrictions.

Can I smoke?
There will be a designated smoking area.

Will there be toilets available at the screening?
Yes, we have toilet facilities, including accessible facilities.

What entrance to the castle do I use?
Please enter the castle at the Iron Railings entrance on Castle Square, Bailiffgate, NE66 1NG.

How do I get there?

By road
Alnwick Castle is less than a mile off the A1 and is well signposted. Recommended parking for the event is on The Peth, Bailiffgate, Ratton Row, Northumberland Street and Howling Lane. Car parks available in town are on Dispensary Street and Greenwell Road. Please make sure you check for any tariffs and parking restrictions before parking. For further details and maps, please click here to visit the Alnwick Town Council website.

By rail
The East Coast mainline from London to Edinburgh stops at Alnmouth station, which is four miles from Alnwick. A taxi or bus (X18) can be taken from Alnmouth station (a journey of approximately ten minutes). Visitors who travel to Alnwick Castle by rail are eligible for a 20% discount on Castle only tickets! For further information, please visit the Good Journey website.

By bus
There are bus stops and a bus station in the centre of Alnwick, with buses connecting Alnwick to the surrounding towns as well as the city of Newcastle (the X15 and X18 buses both run from Haymarket bus station). It is approximately a five minute walk to the castle from the bus station. Visitors who travel to Alnwick Castle by an Arriva bus are eligible for a 20% discount on Castle only tickets! For further information, please visit the Good Journey website

By air and sea
Newcastle International Airport and the Port of Tyne are 35 miles away.