Newark Castle

The most impressive example of a medieval castle in Nottinghamshire.

The doors of Newark Castle sometimes creak open for visitors.Remains of the imposing Newark Castle. Photograph: British Waterways.

Newark Castle is the most significant land mark in Newark on Trent.

It was originally a Saxon fortified manor house, founded by King Edward the Elder. In 1073, Robert Bloet, bishop of Lincoln, founded an earthwork motte and bailey fortress on the site. From 1123-33, Bishop Alexander the Magnificent completely rebuilt the castle, when founding a prominent stone structure of ornate construction. In the late 13th century, the castle was substantially rebuilt with a new riverside curtain wall and after alterations in the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle became more of a palace. Slighted after it was held for King Charles I during the English Civil War in 1646, only the gatehouse including chapel and lodgings, curtain wall and north-west tower now remains.

Newark Castle is located in the town centre, off Castle Gate, 15 miles south-west of Lincoln, on the A46. The site and the Gilstrap Heritage Centre in the castle grounds, are open daily, April to September 9:00-5:00pm, October to March 9:00-4:00pm. The remaing rooms of the Castle its, dungeons and undercroft are open to the public during special events and open days.

There are car parks nearby.

Newark Castle Gardens

The Castle Gardens are formal gardens that are bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle. The Gardens, which are Grade II* listed by English Heritage, were designed by an eminent Victorian landscape Architect H E Milner and opened in 1887.

Click here to go to the Friends of Newark Castle and Gardens website.