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Now reopened to the public after a £1.67M restoration... Explore the site of the Castle that gave the city its name and discover its medieval gatehouse, the Black Gate. Uncover the changing face of the Castle through the ages: from royal fortress...more
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The Black Gate Castle Garth | Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ, England
+44 191 230 6300
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Reviewed yesterday

There was a nice small exhibition and the castle itself was cool, although sometimes difficult to navigate with no clear route laid out. Also I'm not quite sure the price matches time spent there when most attractions in Newcastle are free but if you love...More

Thank Aisling K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is an interesting historical site, lots of walking and over 100 very steep steps. Very little actual historical objects other than the building. There were some fun things to try on and explore. .....but expensive though.

Thank Ben F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent an enjoyable hour and half visiting the castle. Informative and enjoyable with great views from the top. Would have benefited from the staff being more engaging with visitors but otherwise it was reasonable value and worth the visit.

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard that the castle was recently renovated, and it showed. I've now been on maybe a half a dozen tours of various castles, and I would call this one 'simple, stark and self-guided," but being relatively empty of furnishing doesn't always have to...More

1  Thank Hayden S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent tour undertaken by a well informed and witty guide. Given the apparent lack of surviving material ( the gatehouse and keep are all that remain) the tour was full and entertaining. Well worth it

Thank JohnH603028
Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is well-worth a visit even if you do not pay to go inside (it costs £7). It is built on the site of a Roman Fort, which dates back to 122AD, although the current building "only" dates back to 1172. There is lots...More

Thank Roland D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is within the city between the railways. It is well kept and interesting. It is worth a short visit. We had only one day in Newcastle and not that much time, but you do not need that much time for the castle.

Thank 21Nabby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I took the tour led by Bill and learned a lot. It was exactly what i was hoping, enough information to be interesting but not too much to be boring.The castle has many steps and some of them are quite steep but...More

Thank Marti M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It does seem rather strange that one has to buy tickets at the Black Gate which is little more than a shop and exhibition space when there is a person checking tickets in the actual castle keep!. However, that is as it is and I...More

1  Thank seat47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle is a few stories with very narrow stairs as you can imagine. But the view from the top worth climbing those stairs. There is a light and musical show in the main hall which gives you information about the castle and inhabitants. It...More

1  Thank Zara I
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1 March 2017|
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Response from Peter C | Property representative |
Visits to the Castle are self-led, however we do run occasional guided tours, e.g. as part of Heritage Open Days. Please do keep an eye on our website's What's On page.
25 February 2017|
Response from Peter C | Property representative |
Adult £6.50 Senior (60 years and over) £5.50 Disabled (includes one free carer) £5.50 Students (with valid ID card) £5.50 Unwaged £5.50 Child (5-15 years) £3.90 Child (0-5 years old) Free Family of four £15.90
28 May 2016|
Response from Peter C | Property representative |
Hello. Guide-dogs only, we're afraid.