Warkworth village and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet in Northumbria, a mile from the coast and founded in the 12th century. Since 1984 English Heritage has cared for the site, which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The cross shaped Keep has withstood the ravages of time – it is over 600 years old. Built by the first Earl of Northumberland, the castle was besieged by the Scots in 1327 and played a key role in the long-running war between England and Scotland. It was damaged during the English Civil War (1642–1651) supporting Parliament. The 8th Duke of Northumberland gave custody of the castle to the Office of Works, which oversees the maintenance of royal castles and residences in 1922.
Direct Access is working with English Heritage to enhance the interpretation, signage and connected routes across Warkworth. A key part of the programme is to engage with local disability communities to highlight interpretation opportunities and work with the design team throughout each stage.