Castle Keep

The Castle Keep of Newcastle upon Tyne was built by Henry II between 1168-1178, it is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in the country.

It stands within a site that also contains: an early motte and bailey castle built by Robert Curthose, the son of William the Conqueror: an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and a Roman Fort (Pons Aelius).

The Castle Keep is a Grade 1 listed building, a Scheduled Ancient monument, and is open to the public 361 days of the year as a heritage visitor attraction. Owned by Newcastle City Council it is leased to and managed by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, the second oldest antiquarian society in the world.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

10:00 - 17:00
Last entry 30 minutes before closing time

Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day.

Admission charges

Adults £4
Children under 18 Free accompanied by a responsible adult
Special rates for schools and groups when pre-booked.

Castle Keep
Castle Garth
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear



0191 2327938

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