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Last update: January 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.
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, Daytime only, 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 show around appointment, or for any questions at all, please contact our Venue hire Officer via email.
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A Geordie fairytale brought to life
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.]
One fabulous day!!!
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