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Newcastle Castle


Steeped in history, this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged reminder of northern England’s turbulent past. Newcastle Castle is where the story of Newcastle began and the reason it got its name.

This was no baron’s stately home. The Castle was a grim symbol of royal authority, where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed.

The castle has the most commanding views across the city and the River Tyne. The quitessential view of Newcastle and Gateshead.

Enjoy exploring the ancient passageways and chambers; discovering the hidden stories of the Castle’s inhabitants over the centuries and take a journey through The Gateway to Old Newcastle.

WE ARE OPEN THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY. Tickets can be bought on site from the Black Gate or Castle Keep, or booked in advance online. They are fully changeable / refundable if COVID-19 Regulations mean your visit date is affected. Changes not relating to COVID-19 regulations can be made up to 48 hours before your visit date.

Book your tickets and starting slot online or by phone 0191 230 6300 , (if we cannot answer the phone, please leave a message and we will call you back). Last entry each day is in the 3.30 – 4pm starting slot. Please allow at least 1 – 1.5 hours for your visit. Please note for those booked in the 15:30 time slot, we recommend that you visit The Black Gate first. The Black Gate will close at 16:30 as part of our closing procedures. The Castle Keep closes at 5pm.

Having lunch? We have some lovely grassy areas around The Black Gate that you are welcome to use for a picnic or you can make use of the many eateries only a few minutes walk away. The cafe in next door’s Newcastle Cathedral is lovely!

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