Holidays in Castle Keep

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Castle Keep showing heritage architecture and a city

Visit the tower from which the city takes its name to hear wicked tales of frightening ghouls and life in the dungeon.

Castle Keep is one of the few remaining parts of the medieval castle that played a prominent role in the history of Newcastle. It is an iconic structure in the heart of the city with a gruesome and fascinating history. Tour the large rooms and the dungeon for exhibits on the castle’s dark past.

Enter the structure and take a tour to get a sense of its majesty. Climb to the higher floors for excellent views of the river and its bridges. Peruse the displays on the intriguing history of the tower and the rest of the castle. The exhibits allow visitors to imagine life in the structure almost 1,000 years ago.

Hear grim stories about the castle and its horrible punishments, including one about a flying donkey. Listen to tales about the Poppy Girl, now a ghost haunting the tower after being beaten to death in the castle prison.

Attend one of the events held regularly in the keep. These include lectures, murder mystery nights, movie showings and other entertaining activities.

Learn about the facts behind the site. The city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne takes its name from the structure, which was once a new castle on the River Tyne. It was built in the 12th century and restored in the 1800s.

The tower is 75 feet (23 meters) south of the Black Gate, which is the only other surviving section of the castle. It became a slum lodging in the early 1800s and housed about 60 people at one time.

Pay a fee for a ticket that includes the Castle Keep and the Black Gate. Children get a discount, while toddlers enter for free. The site is open daily between morning and early evening.

Castle Keep is just north of the River Tyne in the center of the city. Arrive at Newcastle Central Station and walk east for about 5 minutes to reach the tower and the gate. It is near other important attractions such as the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, the Newcastle Arts Centre and Sage Gateshead.

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Maldron Hotel Newcastle
Maldron Hotel Newcastle
4 out of 5
The price is AU$101 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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County Hotel
County Hotel
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$109 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Newcastle City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of O2 Academy Newcastle, St. James' Park and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sage ...
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Malmaison Newcastle
Malmaison Newcastle
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$166 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quayside and Sage Gateshead. St. James' Park and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne ...
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Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

Malmaison Newcastle
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Jurys Inn Newcastle
Jurys Inn Newcastle
4 out of 5
The price is AU$71 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
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Maldron Hotel Newcastle
Maldron Hotel Newcastle
4 out of 5
The price is AU$101 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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County Hotel
County Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is AU$109 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Malmaison Newcastle
Malmaison Newcastle
4 out of 5
The price is AU$166 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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The Vermont Hotel
The Vermont Hotel
4 out of 5
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The price is AU$143 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
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Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle
Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle
3 out of 5
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The price is AU$71 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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INNSIDE by Melia Newcastle
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Copthorne Hotel Newcastle
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Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel
Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is AU$97 per night from 25 Dec. to 25 Dec.
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