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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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Excellent
John_H, Nov 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Great tour thanks Rob. Very knowledgable and interesting. Good value for money shown varied places of interest Thank you
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A walk around Newcastle
John_B, Oct 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
A tour that brought the history and buildings to life by a guide that was very knowledgeable about Newcastles history and heritage. If you want to know about Newcastle, this is a great tour to start with
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Most Enjoyable Tour!
Dave_H, Oct 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Our red bearded tour guide treated us to a most informative and enjoyable tour. The weather was unpleasant and we may well have abandoned the tour but it was so engaging we had to stay. We saw and were shown things we would never have found ourselves. And if we did find them we would have left knowing nothing about them. This guy delivers eloquently and fully. He really knows his stuff and it’s clear he thoroughly enjoys what he’s doing. Highly recommended.
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Excellent tour
Rosemary_M, Oct 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
The snippets of information on everyday life of the inhabitants of Newcastle in the past brought the tour to life
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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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Fascinating guide to Newcastle
Orla_S, Sep 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Great walking tour with Rob - he was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, interesting and very willing to engage and answer questions. The 2 hours flew past - really worth booking
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Excellent Red beard Tour
Isabella_M, Sep 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Rob is an amazing guide who has a passion for history, well worth the money and you see things you just would n’t if you did n’t have Robbas a guide
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Interesting
D_N, Sep 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Rob was very entertaining and I felt I learnt a lot from the tour the history of Newcastle including how it got his name
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Amazing!
Chantemalo123, Aug 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Rob was fantastic and full of information. We were stunned with the amount of facts he provided during the tour. My sister and I treat both our grandad to this tour for his birthday and he enjoyed every second. Can’t recommend this tour along with Rob enough!
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Walking & learning
Petrina_G, Jul 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Super knowledgable guide, told us the history of Newcastle as well as interesting local details. Recommend Red Beard tours!
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Fantastic walking tour
Heather_S, Jul 2021
Guided City Walking Tour of Newcastle
Very informative walking tour, guide was fantastic would highly recommend. Pointed out lots of things that you would normally just walk past.

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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