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 check the website for last minute closures or changes to 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.
Exhibition opening times:
The exhibition is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 2pm.
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.
We are flying the green flag!
We have celebrated and thanked volunteers, visitors and staff in helping a number of our district’s parks and open spaces to be awarded Green Flag status.
Sconce and Devon Park in Newark, Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone, Newark Castle and Gardens and Sherwood Heath in Ollerton are all managed by our parks team and have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being among the very best in the world.
Sherwood Avenue and Newark Cemetery, which are owned and managed by Newark Town Council, have also been awarded the same status.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy, which inspires people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. The award celebrates that the parks are well managed, accessible to all, and are used and enjoyed by local people.
This would not be possible without the help and enthusiasm of local volunteers and friends groups – THANK YOU!
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.
Find out more about our guided tours
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.
For reviews of the tours or to leave your own feedback visit the Castle's Trip Advisor page.
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.
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.