The castle and gardens include:

  • Quiet garden areas for rest and relaxation, with seating 
  • Access to the castle's walls and dungeons
  • 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

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.

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 

Brass band concerts

Newark Town Council presents:

Sunday brass band concerts

  • 5 July - Newark Town Band
  • 12 July - Newark and Sherwood Concert Band
  • 19 July - Kibworth Band
  • 26 July - No conert
  • 2 August - Maltby Miners Welfare Band
  • 9 August - Pleasley Colliery Welfare Band
  • 16 August - Foss Dyke Band
  • 23 August - Rolls Royce (Derby) Band

Performances are 2.30pm-4.30pm

Free admission.

Ice cream is available to purchase.

Contact us

Newark Castle and Gardens
NG24 1BG

Newark TIC

01636 655765

Open 8.30am

Closing times - dusk


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    Friday 8:45am - 4:45pm

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    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
    NG23 5QX

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