The castle and gardens include:

  • Quiet garden areas for rest and relaxation, with seating 
  • Access to the castle's walls and dungeons
  • Part of the Civil War Trail.
  • Bandstand for seasonal concerts
  • Surfaced pathways suitable for wheelchairs
  • Castle ranger service for regular tours of the castle and gardens
  • Nearest Public Toilets are located in the Gilstrap Centre
  • Nearby parking
  • Close to shopping areas and historic market place
  • Get married at Newark Castle

The Newark and Sherwood Big Draw!

Pot of PencilsYou are invited to join in free drawing workshops with artist Shaun Clark for all ages and families.

Make a portrait, draw a tree or even sketch the sky as you get inspired by your surroundings. You will be able to have a go at drawing using charcoals, pencils and pens - just let your imagination go wild.

Every picture tells a story and this year we are going to make a big picture from your drawings.

All ages and abilities welcome. 

Venues and Times

  • Sconce and Devon Park - Fri 30 October – 12.00pm to 5pm meet at Rumbles Café
  • Vicar Water Country Park - Wed 28 October – 12.00pm to 3pm meet at Rumbles Café
  • Newark Castle Grounds - Sat 31 October – 12.00pm to 3pm meet at the Bandstand

Events and tours

Guided tours of the Castle are conducted by the Castle Ranger every week. 

For reviews of the tours or to leave your own feedback visit the Castle's Trip Advisor page.

Please note, the Dungeon Tour involves climbing up and down a steep ladder. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

King John

We are gearing up to the 800th anniversary of King John's death. The controverstial monarch signed Magna Carta in 1215, he was on his way to London when, after taking ill, he decided to stay at Newark Castle. He died there on 18 October 1216.

Find out more on our dedicated King John information pages

Green Flag Award

In recognition of the high standards of the gardens and local community involvement the castle gardens have for many years gained the prestigious Green Flag Award, marking it out as one of the best.

Civil War Trail

One of the eight information boards for the Civil War Trail is located in the park. The trail, which is accessed via an app, uses augmented reality technology, where pointing a smart device to a still picture triggers a video scene from the 17th century. The trail films – which can be witnessed at eight locations around Newark, including the National Civil War Centre -  recall episodes from Newark's pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars. To download the app  go to the App Store or Android Google play.

Friends of Newark Castle

Newark Castle Wall and RuinsThe Friends of Newark Castle and Gardens is a group of volunteers which assists the council with the management and maintenance of the castle gardens. The group 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. For further details please contact the council.

For further information or to join the Friends of Newark Castle and Gardens, please contact Allan Towler by email 

Contact us

Newark Castle and Gardens
NG24 1BG

Newark TIC

01636 655765

Open 8.30am

Closing times - dusk


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