The first Norman castle was started in the 11th century and was constructed of wood and earth overlooking the river. It was rebuilt in stone in the 1130's and the largest gatehouse in England was then added at the end of the 12th century. The castle was severely slighted in 1646 after holding out against Parliament for 2 and a half years during the Civil War. The gatehouse and the western curtain wall with its three towers still remain.
The castle and gardens are open all year.
|In Newark, just off the A1|
|31 Castle Gate, Newark NG24 1BG|