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On since 2021

Last update: May 2024

Newcastle Castle is a truly unique and beautiful wedding venue located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Dating back to the 12th century, this remarkable Norman fortress will be your very own castle for the day, with characterful and historic architecture throughout, providing an idyllic setting for your fairytale wedding.

The castle is only a short walk from picturesque Grey Street, renowned for its stunning Georgian architecture. It also affords spectacular views of the Quayside, Gateshead, and the River Tyne. You and your guests are invited to experience all this magnificent historical treasure has to offer. Make your wedding part of the city’s rich and wonderful story, and enjoy a day you’ll never forget.


In 1080, Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror, built a motte-and-bailey castle on the site of the old Roman fort; it is from this earlier castle that the city of Newcastle derives its name. Construction of the stone Castle Keep was commissioned in 1168, during the reign of Henry II, the first Plantagenet king. The Black Gate was later added during the reign of Henry III and was completed in 1250. Today, the Keep is a scheduled monument and Black Gate is a Grade I listed building.

Whether you’d prefer to dance the night away with live medieval music, have guards greet your guests on arrival, or have cannon fire announce your wedding in style, here at Newcastle Castle we will help you create a truly bespoke and unique experience by adding a little medieval magic to your special day!

Facilities and Capacity

Our beautiful Harbottle Suite, located in the Black Gate, is licensed for civil ceremonies. It can accommodate up to 50 guests, and the gatehouse has a lift for easy accessibility. After your ceremony, you can have your photo taken on the romantic Juliet Balcony and then head over to the Castle Keep Gaol for a lovely drinks reception.

The atmospheric Great Hall, located on the second floor of the Castle Keep, is a perfect spot in which to celebrate your love and share a toast to your future. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the Castle Roof. The Castle Keep can accommodate up to 50 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 80 for an evening reception. Mock ceremonies can also be held in the Castle’s 12th-century Chapel with up to 30 guests.

Services Offered

Newcastle Castle is a dry-hire venue, which gives you the flexibility to bring in any external suppliers you choose to have on your big day. We offer flexible packages designed to suit a variety of needs and budgets. You can opt for a ceremony only, or you can choose from a variety of wedding packages, including a Full Day hire or a Twilight package. These packages include exclusive use of the castle as well as a dedicated wedding coordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly on your big day.

No-obligation viewings are available. For a wedding brochure, to arrange a viewing, or for any questions at all, please contact our Venue hire Officer via email.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
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Craig L. Sent on 02/05/2024
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5 Star Service

When planning a vow renewal for our 35th anniversary, we reached out to several castles in the northeast regarding availability for our special day. Although not our first choice, we were extremely fortunate and grateful to have secured this venue.

The support we received from the staff (James and Michelle) was second to none, which was important to us, considering we flew over from Canada. The level of professionalism carried through to the day of our vow renewal. James and Michelle went above and beyond all expectations, making the day so much more enjoyable and relaxing for us.

We also secured a 4 string quartet for the event and to put it simply, the design of the chapel supported an acoustic quality that I've never heard before. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience from start to finish.

Highly recommend!!! AAA+++ all around experience!
Miles P. Sent on 30/01/2024
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Highly recommend

You cannot put a price on heritage, but nevertheless the value for money of our event at the castle was amazing.

If there were more stars we would score them higher.
We asked the team at Newcastle Castle if they could arrange some entertainment on our wedding day. They organised a display of medieval sword fighting outside on the court yard with mulled wine served in the historic Black Gate. For many of the guests, especially the kids, it was definitely the highlight of the day.

The staff at the castle were very creative in coming with ideas that suited our needs, and everything went very smoothly. We would definitely recommend them.

[note - this review relates to entertainment organised by the Castle as part of our wedding day, not an entire wedding package.]
Yvonne Sent on 12/06/2019
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One fabulous day!!!

We chose Newcastle Castle because it's an iconic building, for it's history and it's beauty. From start to finish, we were treated with respect and anything that could be done to ensure our day went exactly the way we wanted, they made happen. Ruth and the team couldn't be more helpful! I would recommend Newcastle Castle to any couple looking for somewhere incredibly special,
Vicki Sent on 28/05/2018
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A Geordie fairytale brought to life

Having our wedding at the Castle saw our dreams quite literally come true. From a small idea to our big day, the Castle staff were there with us every step of the way. The Great Hall was filled with candles and we seated 60 people comfortably. He guests walked up to the grand entrance making it really something special for our guests. The service ran so smoothly and the acoustics of the Great Hall really complemented the Gospel Choir beautifully. And finally a drinks reception on the roof, with those stunning views of the City, it left our guests speechless. But what really made it for us, was the exquisite attention to detail and extra little flourishes and assistance the Castle did for us that really just helped take the stress of planning a wedding away. They were so accommodating - nothing was too much for them. Many Brides (and Grooms of course) will know the apprehension of putting your trust into others to make your special day work - not with these guys! I felt so confident and comfortable and knew they would pull out all the stops to make our day seamless. And of course they did. From our guests arriving to the Great Hall to the stunning drinks reception on the roof - it simply was, well... perfect.
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