King John Exhibit

Please note: The King John Exhibit will be unavailable on the following days: 29 and 30 October


The King John exhibit is now open in the North West tower.

Opening times:

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

The exhibit shows the story of King John and how he came to be at Newark Castle when he died.

Guided Tours of Newark Castle

Please book your tickets at least half an hour before the tour begins

Book online or in person at the National Civil War Centre

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 warden 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

Autumn and Winter Events

  • Are You Scared of the Dark? - Halloween event on Saturday 22 October 5-7pm. Local artist Kerry O'Brien will be making ghost masks for children at the castle in a free arts workshop. This is a fundraising event for Guide Dogs.
  • Light up a Life - Event for Beaumond House on Thursday 22 December 2-4pm. Local artist Kerry O'Brien will be making star Christmas decorations and angels in a free children's craft workshop. The castle ground will be lit up for Christmas and the NSDC Choir will be singing Christmas Carols in the bandstand from 6pm. 

Events and tours

Guided tours of the Castle are conducted by the Castle Warden 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 controversial 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 

Paranormal Groups please contact Floss for information on investigations:

Volunteer at Newark Castle

Newark Castle Volunteer Poster

Newark Castle banners unveiled

Banners designed by children and young people from around the district have been displayed in Newark Castle.

Children representing most of the schools and organisations involved were present at the official unveiling along with Newark and Sherwood District Councillor Tony Roberts who gave a short speech to the children about King John.

The banners are displayed in the North West tower and can be viewed alongside the new King John exhibit which opened earlier in the year.

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    Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5.15pm
    Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm

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  • Get in touch:

    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
    NG23 5QX

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