Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. It stands now, partially destroyed, as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history.
Today, visitors can take tours, visit exhibitions or walk through the Victorian gardens.
- Public toilets are located in the Gilstrap Centre
- Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
- Surfaced pathways throughout the Castle grounds which are suitable for wheelchairs
- Parking available nearby
- Bandstand for seasonal concerts
- Newark Castle and Gardens is a Green Flag winning park.
The Castle is open all year from dawn until dusk.
King John exhibition
Please call the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765 for more information and opening times.
Find out about King John and his links to Newark Castle with this informative exhibitions.
Located in the North West tower, this exhibition is accessible through the warden's office. The exhibit is access via a narrow staircase.
Knights Templar exhibition
Discover the links between Newark Castle and the infamous Knights Templar in our exhibition dedicated to the 7 Newark Knights who were captive in the Castle.
This exhibition is part of the tower and undercroft tour. Please call the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765 for availability and up to date times.
Survey and repair work
A section of the riverside walkway adjacent to the Castle curtain wall is currently closed while surveying work is being carried out and will reopen as soon as possible.
We apologise for the inconvenience.
We offer seasonal castle tours throughout the spring and summer months. Please call the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765 for more information and for the latest times and availability.
Discover the dark past of Newark Castle with a guided tour of the Bottle Dungeon, Barrel Vault and Debtors Dungeons.
Towers and undercroft tours
See where King John spent his last night and see spectacular views of Newark with a visit to King John's Gatehouse, Gatehouse viewing platform, Southwest Tower and undercroft.
Newark Civil War Trail
The Castle is part of Newark's Civil War trail. Watch the story of the Civil War unfold through dramatic high quality film clips on your smartphone or tablet.
Stoke Field Battlefield
Nowadays Stoke Field Battlefield, just outside Newark, is just an empty field but it is the location of the battle of the infamous Wars of the Roses. Now the scene of a bloody conflict, which rewrote the history books, is being brought back to life in a joint project between Nottinghamshire County Council and the Battlefields Trust.
A new history trail, featuring five oak panels which describe the background to the battle, the bloody events of the day and the aftermath, will bring the fascinating untold story of this bloody battle to a new audience.
Visitors will be able to travel back in time by downloading videos, starring re-enactors in full historical costume, who tell the harrowing, first-hand accounts of the people who were actually there and experienced the battle.
Join our friendly volunteers for a castle tour!
Tours take place on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, subject to availability (please check if tours are going ahead by calling the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765)
11am Dungeon Tour (children over 8 years please)
1pm Tower and Undercroft Tour
£16 family ticket
Call the Visitor Information Centre on 01636 655765 to book
Sky lantern and balloon release ban
Sky lanterns and helium balloon releases are now banned in our council parks.
The decision has been made due to concerns about the environmental impact of the balloons and risk to the public and animals.