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Corporate Dining

Corporate Dining

Steeped in history this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged remainder of northern England’s turbulent history. This was no baron’s stately home. The Castle was a grim remainder of royal authority where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed.  It is where the story of Newcastle began, the reason the city got its name and has the most commanding views over the city and the River Tyne. King Henry II and his son King John, William Wallace and King Edward I are just some of the characters associated with the Castle.

As part of our corporate dining package, travel back to a time when Kings, Queens, Lords and Ladies dined in the medieval Newcastle Castle. Imagine being seated in the 44ft-high Great Hall where the King of England once received esteemed guests. With background, or live, medieval music and hundreds of t-lights adorning the rugged nooks and crannies of the walls and steps, the Great Hall looks and feels both breath-taking and intimate.

On arrival, our castle guard will greet you and your guests, directing them to the roof where our knight, in his finest armour, awaits their presence. He will give them an introduction about the history of the sight whilst they enjoy drinks. The King will then command you to dinner. You will descend the spiral staircase which opens out into the Great Hall where you will be greeted by a fine dining experience.

Your table will be elegantly dressed to exacting standards and we will provide three or four curious antiques from our collection, to act as conversation centrepieces at the dinner table.

Now you can relax back, take in the majestic ambience of a royal fortress whilst dining on some of the best food available in Newcastle.

Minimum numbers 17, maximum 40.

  • Background medieval recorded music available free of charge.
  • Live medieval music by two musicians can be provided at an additional cost.

Timings:

As a guide only:

  • 6.30pm-7pm guests arrive- pre dinner drinks on roof.
  • 7.30pm dinner served.
  • 11/11.30pm guests depart.

Facilities and Accessibility:

  • Please note that this is a Scheduled Monument. As such there are no toilet facilities in the Castle Keep however, the Bridge Hotel opposite will kindly allow you and your guests to use their facilities.
  • Access to the castle in general is via steep and uneven steps, thus access would be difficult for people with mobility impairments.
  • There is no central heating in the Keep so depending on the time of year the ambient room temperature can vary significantly. Guests should be advised to dress appropriately.
  • Heaters can be hired to help take the edge off, especially useful for the winter, spring and autumn- price on application.

Contact

 Ruth Small  T: 0191 239 6300

E: hire@newcastlecastle.co.uk

 

Venue Hire

For your own unique occasion.

Newcastle Castle is one of the North East’s most iconic, important and historic buildings. Steeped in history this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged reminder of northern England’s turbulent history. This was no baron’s stately home. Newcastle Castle is a grim remainder of royal authority where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed. This is where the story of Newcastle began. Newcastle Castle offers intimate, novel and unique spaces that can be used for all sorts of corporate, quirky and novel events.

In the Black Gate

The fully-accessible, award-winning Black Gate (the Castle’s 13th century gatehouse) houses the Harbottle Suite, a modern, fully-equipped and airy meeting room with FREE Wi-Fi, overhead projector and dropdown projector screen as well as accessible toilets and a kitchenette. Tea, coffee, water and juices can all be provided as part of your room hire. Food can be arranged on request from local suppliers.

In the Castle Keep

Located on the second floor of the Castle Keep (the original ‘great tower’ of the 12th century castle), the Great Hall is the largest and most atmospheric of the venue’s spaces. Capable of hosting up to 80 guests, and with a large vaulted ceiling and galleries, the room offers amazing acoustics and has been used, amongst other things, for product and album launches, musical concerts, wedding receptions, catered dinners, drinks receptions, pop-up cinema screenings and promenade theatre. This list is not definitive and we work with you to make your event a reality. The Keep’s ground-floor Garrison Room, formerly the county jail, is completely accessible thanks to a newly added ramp, handrails and wooden flooring. This medium-sized chamber is perfect for drinks receptions. This, together with the chapel and other side-rooms can be used as break-out spaces to your main function.

The Castle’s roof has stunning and panoramic views over Newcastle and the River Tyne, making it perfect for drinks receptions.

Facilities and Accessibility:

•           Please note that this is a Scheduled Monument. As such there are no toilet facilities in the Castle Keep however, as the Vermont Hotel, literally 20m away from the Keep, will be catering for your event, you and your guests are at liberty to use their facilities.

•           Access to the castle in general is via steep and uneven steps, thus access would be difficult for people with mobility impairments.

•           There is no central heating in the Keep so depending on the time of year the ambient room temperature can vary significantly. Guests should be advised to dress appropriately.

•           Heaters can be hired to help take the edge off, especially useful for the winter, spring and autumn- price on application.

Contact

 Ruth Small  T: 0191 239 6300

E: hire@newcastlecastle.co.uk

 

Group Experience -2hrs

Steeped in history this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged remainder of northern England’s turbulent history. This was no baron’s stately home. The Castle was a grim remainder of royal authority where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed.  It is where the story of Newcastle began, the reason the city got its name and has the most commanding views over the city and the River Tyne. King Henry II and his son King John, William Wallace and King Edward I are just some of the characters associated with the Castle.

As part of our group experience package, travel back to a time when Kings, Queens, Lords and Ladies graced the halls of the medieval Newcastle Castle.

Your group will be met outside the Black Gate, the main gatehouse to Newcastle Castle, by a knight on horseback and accompanying foot-soldiers. This makes a great photo opportunity and really gets people excited and into the spirit of things.

Your group will be split into groups of approximately twenty and led by one of our very knowledgeable guides around the different rooms of the castle to the awaiting interactive experiences which explore medieval history and life in greater detail. Your groups will be given the opportunity to experience and get involved in:

  • Medieval law and justice;
  • Medieval music;
  • Medieval food and feasting;
  • Medieval arms and armour;
  • As well as take in the spectacular views from the roof of the Castle whilst tasting our very own beer or some sparkling wine (non-alcoholic options inc. tea and coffee available).

Your experience culminates with a final battle between armoured knights who slog it out to the bitter, bloody end.

Costs

£25.00 per head. Minimum 40 persons. Maximum 100 persons. Must be booked at least 2 months in advance.

Contact:

Ben Smith  T: 0191 230 6300

E: manager@newcastlecastle.co.uk