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Black Gate & Castle Keep

Black Gate & Castle Keep


Castle Garth, NORTH-EAST-ENGLAND, TYNE-AND-WEAR, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1RQ

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Black Gate & Castle Keep
The Newcastle Castle has been recently reopened to the public after extensive renovation work. The £1.67m restoration project was completed in mid-March with the historic Black Gate officially reopening Saturday 21st March 2015. 

The Newcastle Black Gate and Castle Keep have been subject to a vast amount of research over the last couple of years which has revealed a colourful and grim history. The uncovered stories include prisoners being hung drawn and quartered to an unusual tale of a youngster being killed by a flying donkey. 

The Keep currently stands as one of the UK’s finest medieval stone castle donjon’s which is still open to the public. Visitors to the iconic castle will enjoy picturesque views, alongside in-depth history displays covering the backgrounds of castle inhabitants over the ages, and offering an insight into Newcastle's ancient heritage. 

From a royal fortress to grim dungeons, new exhibits allow visitors to experience what life would have been like for inhabitants in these two astonishingly preserved medieval buildings.The Newcastle Castle has also hosted several ghost-hunting exhibitions due to its grim history and apparent sightings of The Poppy Girl, a previous resident of the castle who was jailed for owing people money and was beaten and died in the castle prison. 

Mon to Sun - 10am to 5pm

Last entry - 4.15pm

The Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with several upper storeys which are not accessible to all visitors. There is a specially designated buggy parking area in the Black Gate; taking these into the Castle Keep is not advised.

Wheelchair Users

The Black Gate has been fitted with ramps and an external lift. This allows access to the upper-levels of the building, including a Reception, Gift Shop and exhibition space. The building also has an adapted accessible toilet on its first floor.

The Keep, unfortunately, has very limited access, however a video tour of the Castle is available on the ground floor.

Car Parking

There is no on-site parking at Newcastle Castle, however there are numerous car parks and on-street parking available in Newcastle City Centre.

Those who suffer from claustrophobia, vertigo or a nervous disposition: please contact us or speak with a member of staff in our Black Gate Reception before climbing the stairs!


£6.50 for Adults

£3.90 for Children

Free for children under 5

Family of Four £15.90

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  • Coach Parties Welcome
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