Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
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.
Castle or defences
10:00 - 17:00
Last entry 30 minutes before closing time
Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day.
Children under 18 Free accompanied by a responsible adult
Special rates for schools and groups when pre-booked.
Late Night Opening at Castle Keep
- 17 May 2014 7-11pm
Explore the medieval mystery of the Castle Keep and
meet the volunteer guides who will be on hand to show
you round. Don’t forget to scale the heights to take in the
amazing night time views of the Tyne, the bridges and
the rest of the city from the rooftop. The Cherry Pickers,
a band known for its great music and terrible jokes will
be livening up the Keep with a wide range of songs and
an even wider range of instruments including washboard,
spoons, banjolele, fiddle, bass and kazoo.
- Any age