Castle Keep

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Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Castle Keep Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Visit the castle Nov 09, 2017
I have described something of the history of Newcastle’s castle in my blog entry. You can visit both Black Gate and Keep, where exhibits over four floors cover the Castle's history over the years: from settlement in Roman times, to medieval stronghold, to its present use as a museum. Visits start at the Black Gate, where you buy your ticket (autumn 2017 prices: adults £6.50, children £3.90, various concessions £5.50). After visiting the gatehouse you continue to the Keep where as well as the various exhibits you can climb to the roof for view of the city.

The Black Gate is fully accessible (via an external lift), however the Keep is not, but there is a video tour shown on its ground floor for those unable to climb its steep steps.
The Keep seen from the Black Gate,…
The Black Gate
The Black Gate, with St Nicholas C…
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Suusj Suusj
198 reviews
Newcastle Castle Oct 01, 2016
The Castle of Newcastle is a medieval fortification in Newcastle. Build on the fortress which gave the city i't's name. The two most prominent remaining structers are the stone tower called Castle Keep and the Black gate. The castle has been used since the Roman times for defensive purposes and has a rich history.

The castle is located in the centre of Newcastle and is definitely worth a visit. We were welcomed by two friendly old man who sold us our tickets (6 pound 50 per adult).

We got to roam the castle and all it's history. There is quit an interactive exhibition that will give the little ones something to see and do as well. Like opening the drawers as well as putting on some funny heads.

The castle is open from 10 till 5 every day. The last entry will be at 4.15. Tickets can be purchased at the Gate house. There is also an elevator to make it possible for less mobile people to visit the Black Gate :) .

Highly recommend this one :).
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Suusj says:
Thank you :)
Posted on: Nov 03, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
Beautiful photos Suus, that is a great price for admission.
Posted on: Oct 31, 2016
52 reviews
Cute castle Nov 15, 2014
We went here on the last day in the last hours we were in Newcastle. You can do this sight in 1 hour.

I knew nothing was decorated or filled with fourniture, but I didn't need that. The price to go in is very good, only 4£ for adults and 18 or younger are for free. I thought it was like a labyrinth but I like that, it's not a simple castle and It feels like I could discover things in the castle. The light was very good and it's not very dusty. My pictures were okay to, so that's how I know it's not very dusty, I wasnt coughing either. They have a lot of information next to the rooms and there is a small museum part, where you can read about the history about the small castle.

Not available for wheelchairs.
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Black Gate And Castle Keep Oct 06, 2012
The Black Gate and Castle Keep are right beside each other at Castle Garth, just down from St Nicholas Cathedral. Costs nothing to go through the Black Gate, as there isn't really anything else there,but it is historic, and was the main enterance into the castle. I was surprised it was just £4 to get into the Keep, proved to be great VFM.

Opens 10 - 5 every day (except Christmas & New Year), but at midday on a Sunday. Entry is up a steep set of stairs at the side of the Keep. Built over 5 levels, by the time you get to the enterance you are on the 2nd level.

Built between 1168 and 1178 it is one of the best preserved Norman great towers surviving in the UK. Also, IMO, gives the best views across the city from up on the roof.

The first hall you enter has exhibits and stories on the castle's history. Built on the site of an old Roman fort ( Pons Aelius) and the original 'New' Castle, which was made of timber and earth, it was ordered to be rebuilt and strengthened by King Henry II.

Group that came in after us had noisy brats running about, so we decided to head for the roof.Have to climb a few sets of stairs, but they're not that bad. Also gives you the idea that when building it they were making it up as they go along, as you find a stairway that just leads straight into a brick wall. Views from the top of the Keep were fantastic, all across the city and over the river. Spent a fair bit of time up there :O

When the brats caught up, we headed down.The 4th level is just a gallery that goes round the walls, but you can lean over and look down :D

On the third level is the Great Hall, and you can still see where the beams would have been for a lower roof. This area was alao used as a debtors prison in the 1820's. It now has display cases featuring the architecture of various Newcastle landmarks over the centuries.

Just off the Great Hall is The King's Chamber, which also has a small room off it with with an old medieval toilet. On the walls there is graffiti carved into it in 1644, when the Keep was the place where the Royalist's made their last stand in a siege by a combined Scottish and Parliamentarian army.

Having already done the 2nd level, we headed down to the bottom of the Keep, to the chapel and Garrison room. The chapel was fairly interesting, and still retains the original Norman chevron ornamentation brickwork around the windows and the vaulted ceiling.

I found something unusual, two holes in the wall, which didn't make sense to me, as they just led to the 'corridor' outside. One, at the top, was wide, open and horizontal. the one below that was vertical, narrow and curved. I asked one of the folk that work there about it on the way out and they had no idea either :O

We spent over an hour wandering about Castle Keep and found it interesting and well worthwhile.
Newcastle Black Gate
Sign On The Black Gate
Back Of The Black Gate
Newcastle Castle Keep
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