Newark Castle and Gardens

Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. After the British Civil War, it was deliberately vandalised and as it stands now, partially destroyed, it acts as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history. It was also the scene of the death of King John in 1216. Find out more about King John.

This listed 12th century monument is set in beautifully maintained Green Flag winning gardens, with the River Trent flowing beside them. Designed by eminent Victorian landscape architect, H.E. Milner, the Grade II listed gardens were officially opened on 24th May 1889, the day of Queen Victoria’s 70th birthday. 

Discover more about the fascinating story of Newark Castle in our 2020 Heritage Open Days video.

General visitor information

  • open from 9am until dusk
  • dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
  • surfaced pathways through the Castle grounds are suitable for wheelchairs
  • parking is available nearby

Important information about works being carried out

Following a recent condition survey of Newark Castle, it has been determined that essential works need to be carried out to ensure that this stunning monument can continue to be enjoyed for years to come. Because of the unique repairs needed, this is expected to be a long-term project. Until its completion, Heras fencing has been installed along the inside curtain wall of the Castle and across the Gatehouse, both to protect this historic building from further damage and to protect visitors from danger. When visiting the site, it is important for your own safety that you do not attempt to pass the fencing. The barriers along the riverside path will also remain in place for the same reason. However the rest of the grounds will remain open to be enjoyed as normal. Please also note that no inside spaces at the Castle are currently accessible by the public.

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us to preserve this important building.


Newark Castle Comes To Life: 17th Century Scenes
Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st July, 10am to 4pm, FREE entry

Come face to face with Civil War soldiers and 17th century townspeople at this fascinating living history weekend. From craftspeople to blacksmiths, musicians, woodturners and more, meet characters from 400 years ago, learning about their amazing trades and way of life. Marvel at thrilling musket drills and have a go at crafts from the 1600s.

Heritage Open Day: Astounding Inventions Through Time
Saturday 17th September, 10am to 4pm, FREE entry

Tying in with this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of Astounding Inventions, join in an eye-opening sensational science show for all the family. You’ll be able to find out all about weird and wonderful inventions from history and get hands on yourself with fun activities too.

With thanks to The Gilstrap Charity for granting funding to make these events possible.

Palace at the Castle

Palace at the Castle is back after a successful first year, offering a spectacular selection of shows performed outdoors against the unique backdrop of Newark Castle. Join the Palace Theatre Newark team in these stunning grounds this summer as they once again transport the magic of the theatre to this wonderful historic setting.

Find the full Palace at the Castle programme on the Palace Theatre website.

Please note the Castle will be closing early on these dates in order to set up for shows:

  • Saturday 23 July, from 1pm
  • Thursday 28 July, from 2pm
  • Tuesday 2 August, from 4pm
  • Thursday 11 August, from 3pm
  • Wednesday 17 August, closed all day
  • Tuesday 23 August, from 12.30pm
  • Friday 2 September, from 2pm


Getting married at Newark Castle

We’ve licensed the Castle for weddings in order to help create an income that can be reinvested in the preservation of the listed building.

Find out more about getting married at Newark Castle.

Newark Civil War Trail

The Castle is part of Newark's Civil War Trail. Watch the story of the Civil War unfold through dramatic augmented reality film clips on your smartphone or tablet.

Stoke Field Battlefield trail

Nowadays Stoke Field Battlefield, just outside Newark, is just an empty field. But on 16 June 1487 this was the location of the final battle of the Wars of the Roses.

The important site is recognised as one of just 47 battlefields on Historic England's register of historic battlefields.

A new history trail, featuring five oak panels describing the background to the battle, the events of the day and the aftermath, brings the fascinating untold story of this battle to a new audience. You can find out more, download a copy of the trail and watch videos of reenactors telling the story of the Battle of Stoke Field on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website.

Friends of Newark Castle

The Friends of Newark Castle are a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the castle and gardens.

The groups represents different users of the castle and grounds and advises the council on how to meet their diverse needs. The friends meet monthly and new members are always welcome. Get in touch on or call 01636 655714.