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A defensive fortification throughout medieval times, Newcastle Castle is situated a short walk down the Grade I-listed 19th century Grey Street and in a prominent position overlooking the city's iconic Quayside. Occupied for nearly 2000 years, the area is a naturally defensible site with steep sides overlooking and running down to the River Tyne.

Begin your journey by purchasing your ticket from the Black Gate, the Castle’s ancient gatehouse. Built between 1247 and 1250 during the reign of King Henry III, the Black Gate was the last addition to the medieval Castle defences and was extensively added to, notably in the 17th century. Leaving the Black Gate, you will pass by the sinister Heron Pit and the Castle Garth ruins.

Finally, at the Castle Keep, audio-visuals tell the building's story. Visitors can explore all four floors of this Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Close by:

Our neighbour, St Nicholas Cathedral, dates back to the 12th century and houses fascinating artefacts including an extraordinary 15th century brass shrine and a purported oak segment of Hadrian's Roman Tyne Bridge. Discover the history and fascinating characters that have shaped the Cathedral over the years via the Illuminating Stories section of their website.

Other attractions:

Museums and galleries operated by Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums include Discovery Museum, Laing Art Gallery and Great North Museum: Hancock.

BALTIC: Centre for Contemporary Art, the Victoria Tunnel and Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books are a short distance along the Quayside.

For further information on these attractions and more, visit NewcastleGateshead's official website.