Newark Castle and Gardens

Newark Castle has weathered many historic storms. After the British Civil War, it was deliberately vandalised and as it stands now, partially destroyed, it acts as a reminder of Newark's turbulent history. It was also the scene of the death of King John in 1216. Find out more about King John.

This listed 12th century monument is set in beautifully maintained Green Flag winning gardens, with the River Trent flowing beside them. Designed by eminent Victorian landscape architect, H.E. Milner, the Grade II listed gardens were officially opened on 24th May 1889, the day of Queen Victoria’s 70th birthday. 

Discover more about the fascinating story of Newark Castle in our 2020 Heritage Open Days video.

General visitor information

  • open from 9am until dusk
  • dogs are welcome if kept on a lead
  • surfaced pathways through the Castle grounds are suitable for wheelchairs
  • parking is available nearby

Important information about works being carried out

Following a recent condition survey of Newark Castle, it has been determined that essential works need to be carried out to ensure that this stunning monument can continue to be enjoyed for years to come. Because of the unique repairs needed, this is expected to be a long-term project. Until its completion, Heras fencing has been installed along the inside curtain wall of the Castle and across the Gatehouse, both to protect this historic building from further damage and to protect visitors from danger. When visiting the site, it is important for your own safety that you do not attempt to pass the fencing. The barriers along the riverside path will also remain in place for the same reason. However the rest of the grounds will remain open to be enjoyed as normal. Please also note that no inside spaces at the Castle are currently accessible by the public.

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us to preserve this important building.

Castle Closures

Upcoming Castle closures will be listed here.


Nelly: The Folk Musical

Tuesday 1 November, 7.30pm

In Restoration England, Nell Gwynne became the most famous woman alive. This play, packed with belting songs and both funny and sad moments, shows you why. 

Theatre is all about storytelling. Folk music is all about storytelling. And Nell Gwynne – what a story. Born into poverty Nelly ended up being the most famous woman of her day. Fish hawker, orange seller and leading comedy actress. Perhaps best known to history as the mistress of Charles II but really known to us because she was funny. Samuel Pepys called her “pretty witty Nell”. Playwrights, poets and politicians - the sharpest minds - courted her. Yes, she liked to keep her wits about her. What a Carry On! Ooh, there’ll be a bit of that as well, matron: Carry On Up the Restoration!

Featuring songs written by Jo Freya, Robb Johnson, Reg Meuross, Lucy Ward, Boff Whalley and Dave Wilson (Winter Wilson).

It’s said the whole world knows Nell Gwynne. This play tries to show you why.

Book now.

Getting married at Newark Castle

We’ve licensed the Castle for weddings in order to help create an income that can be reinvested in the preservation of the listed building.

Find out more about getting married at Newark Castle.

Friends of Newark Castle

The Friends of Newark Castle are a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the castle and gardens.

The groups represents different users of the castle and grounds and advises the council on how to meet their diverse needs. The friends meet monthly and new members are always welcome. Get in touch on or call 01636 655714.