Newark Castle and Gardens

Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. After the British Civil War, it was deliberately vandalised and as it stands now, partially destroyed, it acts as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history. It was also the scene of the death of King John in 1216. Find out more about King John.

This listed 12th century monument is set in beautifully maintained Green Flag winning gardens, with the River Trent flowing beside them. Designed by eminent Victorian landscape architect, H.E. Milner, the Grade II listed gardens were officially opened on 24th May 1889, the day of Queen Victoria’s 70th birthday. 

Discover more about the fascinating story of Newark Castle in our 2020 Heritage Open Days video.

General visitor information

  • open from 9am until dusk
  • dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
  • surfaced pathways through the Castle grounds are suitable for wheelchairs
  • parking is available nearby


Christmas at the Castle
Friday 10th to Thursday 23rd December

Newark Castle is feeling the festive spirit this Christmas with special displays of lights and music as well as a stunning decorated tree in the bandstand. Organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council, the festive illuminations will transform Newark’s historic heart into a sparkling spectacle which all the family can enjoy from Friday 10th to Thursday 23rd December while the 10ft tree will take pride of place from Wednesday 1st.

A special winter wonderland event will form the centre of the celebrations on Sunday 12th December, coinciding with the Newark Christmas Lights Market. Visitors will be able to make unforgettable memories and cherish them with ample photo opportunities, enjoying roaming musicians and colourful costumed characters from 10.30am to 4pm while children’s faces are sure to light up as they meet some of Santa’s reindeer, real and up close, from 10.30am to 2.30pm!

The Christmas at the Castle lights displays will be the perfect way to unwind after enjoying gift shopping in Newark's fantastic local retailers and perhaps before enjoying drinks or a meal in the town's many brilliant eateries as they will run from 4pm to 8pm with gates remaining open until this time. The gatehouse will also be lit until 10pm for those passing by outside the Castle to enjoy. For more information and updates about extra entertainment for the Winter Wonderland event on the 12th, make sure to follow Newark Castle on Facebook.

Getting married at Newark Castle

We’ve licensed the Castle for weddings in order to help create an income that can be reinvested in the preservation of the listed building.

Find out more about getting married at Newark Castle

Newark Civil War Trail

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

Stoke Field Battlefield trail

Nowadays Stoke Field Battlefield, just outside Newark, is just an empty field. But on 16 June 1487 this was the location of the final battle of the Wars of the Roses.

The important site is recognised as one of just 47 battlefields on Historic England's register of historic battlefields.

A new history trail, featuring five oak panels describing the background to the battle, the events of the day and the aftermath, brings the fascinating untold story of this battle to a new audience. You can find out more, download a copy of the trail and watch videos of reenactors telling the story of the Battle of Stoke Field on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website.

Friends of Newark Castle

The Friends of Newark Castle are a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the castle and gardens.

The groups 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. Get in touch on or call 01636 655714.