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.
The Late Shows: Music at the Castle Keep
- 16 May 2015 7:30-11pm
Between 7.30 and 9.30pm, Newcastle musician Simon Wood will play the ‘hang’ – an instrument made from steel which sounds like no other instrument you have ever heard. With its rich tones, the hang is a modern instrument which sounds futuristic and ancient at the same time. Played in the Great Hall of the Castle Keep, the acoustics of this amazing space will bring out the beautifully haunting tones of this remarkable instrument. From slow meditative sounds to highly-charged beats, the hang needs to be heard to be believed.
- Family friendly