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Address: The Black Gate Castle Garth | Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ, England
Phone Number:
+44 191 230 6300
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Now reopened to the public after a £1.67M restoration...

Explore the site of...

Now reopened to the public after a £1.67M restoration...

Explore the site of the Castle that gave the city its name and discover its medieval gatehouse, the Black Gate.

Uncover the changing face of the Castle through the ages: from royal fortress and border stronghold to grim dungeon and teeming slum.

New exhibits allow visitors to experience what life would have been like for inhabitants in these two astonishingly preserved medieval buildings.

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Visited on a rainy cold Sunday this month and had a good time. Bit difficult to find the ticket reception but once we had our tickets it was easy. The Castle Keep was impressive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Holly W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a rainy cold Sunday this month and had a good time. Bit difficult to find the ticket reception but once we had our tickets it was easy. The Castle Keep was impressive, much bigger than it looks from the outside and the facts & figures boards and the recorded history is very interesting. The view, even in the... More 

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Thank Holly W
Woodham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Two buildings, go to the Black Gate first to buy tickets for the castle otherwise you will walk up a lot of steps and have to come back down again. Current cost £6 per adult. We spent about an hour across the two sites. Informative and quite nice and clean and not too cold inside. Outside area was a bit... More 

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Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An absolute must of a visit whilst in Newcastle. Such a lot to see and learn in these two buildings. Thankfully both preserved for future generations to learn about how Newcastle gained its famous name!

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Thank Sharron B
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like any modern city, some folk overlook it's history and this is a great place to start your exploration. It's located in the old city walls beside the high level bridge and the cathedral. There is some wonderful history around this place and it is definitely worth a look.

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Thank Keith C
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My princess and I explored this perfect wee castle on a fine Sunday afternoon. Despite coming from Scotland, laying siege and storming the gates were not necessary as the local yeomanry were most welcoming. Everything to love about castles is there - cellar, well, chapel, narrow windows, passages, spiral staircase, great hall with throne (though don't get carried away and... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

lovely old well kept castle. but you get lost and confused very easily with the amount of rooms. floors and corridoors. very pretty though

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

I love castles. This castle is what gives the city its name so big expectations. As has been said, it's split into two parts; Black Gate and the Keep. But the information presented is a bit of a hotch potch in the Black Gate. Quite a lot to read and unveil, if you are prepared to open and close drawers... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Wasted £5.50 to see one room full of facts. The guy at desk was fine, but didn't give much info on anything so I thought was a waste of time and money TBH.

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Ben S, Manager at Newcastle Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. The Castle consists of two buildings: the Black Gate (which contains a reception, gift shop and exhibition) and the Keep, which is the larger of the two. Unfortunately, it sounds like you just visited the Black Gate. We do our best to direct visitors to the second building, with signage and a map on our leaflet,... More 

North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I loved wandering around what remains of Newcastle's eponymous castle. You can wander all over and up to all that is left of the battlements and a tower for great views of the station and the railway tracks and the city and its bridges.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

There are two parts to this place. The Black Gate where you can buy your tickets and the Castle Keep which is fantastic. There is lots of information about the place to give you an idea of what the castle was like in years gone by. There are lots of staircases and corridors to explore but make sure you go... More 

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