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Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. It stands now, partially destroyed, as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history.

Today, visitors can take tours, visit exhibitions or walk through the Victorian gardens.

Visitor information

  • Public toilets are located in the Gilstrap Centre
  • Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
  • Surfaced pathways throughout the Castle grounds which are suitable for wheelchairs
  • Parking available nearby
  • Bandstand for seasonal concerts
  • Newark Castle and Gardens is a Green Flag winning park.

Opening times

The Castle is open all year from dawn until dusk.

King John exhibition

Please check the website for last minute closures or changes to opening times.

Find out about King John and his links to Newark Castle with this informative exhibitions.

Located in the North West tower, this exhibition is accessible through the warden's office. The exhibit is access via a narrow staircase.

Exhibition opening times:

The exhibition is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 2pm.

The exhibition will be closed on the following dates;

  • 9 March 2018
  • 11 March 2018
  • 18 March 2018
  • 30 March 2018

Knights Templar exhibition

Discover the links between Newark Castle and the infamous Knights Templar in our exhibition dedicated to the 7 Newark Knights who were captive in the Castle.

This exhibition is part of the tower and undercroft tour.

Guided tours

Dungeon tours

Discover the dark past of Newark Castle with a guided tour of the Bottle Dungeon, Barrel Vault and Debtors Dungeons.

Towers and Undercroft tours

See where King John spent his last night and see spectacular views of Newark with a visit to King John's Gatehouse, Gatehouse viewing platform, Southwest Tower and undercroft.

Find out more about our guided tours

Civil War Trail

The Castle is part of Newark's Civil War trail. Watch the story of the Civil War unfold through dramatic high quality film clips on your smartphone or tablet.

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

Newark and Sherwood Poetry Trail logoNewark and Sherwood Poetry Trail

Once the home of the well-known poet Lord Byron, Newark and Sherwood has always boasted of its literary prestige, and this summer you can celebrate with a fantastic poetry trail.

Including three locations that have inspired poets; Newark Castle, Southwell Minster and Sherwood Forest Arts and Crafts Centre, plus two literary festivals, Newark Book Festival and the Bryon Festival, the trail is the perfect way to discover the beauty of Newark and Sherwood.

Additionally, by visiting three of the five venues on the poetry tail you could be in with a chance to win an amazing bundle of local artistic and literary prizes.

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