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Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

The Basics

Originally incorporated into the “new castle” that gave the city its name, the castle keep and Black Gate offer a fascinating window into the fortress’ history. Follow in the footsteps of kings through the corridors and chambers; see a pit where prisoners were kept; chart the castle’s turbulent history through the museum and audiovisual installations; and enjoy the rooftop views from the keep.

Visitors can prebook entry to save time while in the city and then explore the buildings in their own time. Most guided tours of Newcastle and its Quayside include stops outside the Black Gate, while other options include extended tours that delve deeper into Newcastle’s history and include both admission to, and a tour of, the castle.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Friendly and Intelligent Guide
Barkha_K, Aug 2020
Newcastle History Tour
Extremely knowledgable and friendly guide. Would never have known all the things he explained. Our both teens also enjoyed.. He sent a message a few hours before the walk and having his number was handy
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a must see in newcastle
grabo5459, Jul 2019
Skip the Line: Newcastle Castle Admission Ticket
the castle represents a fascinating look into newcastle's past. Along with the Newcastle tunnel, this is a must see
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Great tour. There was only the...
Robert R, Sep 2017
Newcastle History Tour
Great tour. There was only the guide and myself. Very detailed on the history of Newcastle. I had some trouble locating the guide at Greys Monument meeting point. He had sent email and tried to call me to confirm time location a few days before the visit. I didn't have access to either. He answered all my questions and on request found me a great pub to have a drink at the tours end. Thanks
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Great tour, enthusiastic passionate...
Andrew G, Dec 2017
Newcastle History Tour
Great tour, enthusiastic passionate guide whose passion and knowledge of Newcastle shone. Wonderful ambassador for the city and the tour is a must see.
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This guide knew his stuff. We...
Vincent H, May 2017
Newcastle History Tour
This guide knew his stuff. We learned so much about Newcastle and the history of the area. I highly recommend this tour. You do have to walk a bit, but that's where the history is. Don't miss this one if you're in Newcastle.
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This tour was both informative and...
Julie A, Aug 2016
Newcastle History Tour
This tour was both informative and interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared all the facts in lively and interesting way. I would recommend this highly. There are so many parts of Newcastle that you don't see by browsing alone.
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Very interesting tour of Newcastle...
Martin V, Mar 2017
Newcastle History Tour
Very interesting tour of Newcastle, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic insight into the history, culture and industry of Newcastle. We were very lucky as my wife and I were the only people booked on the tour which enabled us to ask numerous questions, which were all answered in an informative manner and never once was the guide flummoxed in any way. All in all a very enjoyable tour and one that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Newcastle.
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Simply put, it was excellent. Very...
jennifer, Sep 2016
Newcastle History Tour
Simply put, it was excellent. Very knowledgeable, good insights and a fun tour too.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Newcastle Castle is a must-see for history lovers and families with children.

  • The Black Gate is wheelchair-accessible, but the castle keep is not. A video tour of the castle is available if you’re unable to explore in full.

  • The castle is partially stroller-accessible, and strollers can be stored at the Black Gate reception at staff’s discretion.

  • Standard and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available on-site.

  • Be prepared for lots of steep stairs.

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How to Get There

Newcastle Castle is located north of Newcastle’s Quayside, near St. Nicholas Cathedral, and on the Side, a street leading up from the Quayside. Reach it on foot by walking down Grey Street, then turning right on Moseley Street and left into St. Nicholas Street. The nearest metro station is Monument on Grey Street. Newcastle railway station is a 5-minute walk away via Neville Street and Westgate Road.

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When to Get There

Newcastle Castle is open from midmorning to late afternoon daily, all year round. The busiest times are weekends and school holidays, so your best bet if you want to visit during a quiet period is to arrive soon after opening time on weekdays.

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Don’t-Miss Stories and Secrets of Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle is steeped in legend, so be sure to check out some of its most disturbing sights and tales. Don’t miss the Heron’s Pit—a onetime cell where prisoners were thrown without light or ventilation—and hear about the ghost of a soldier that haunts the Black Gate.

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