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Newark Castle

Castle Road, Port Glasgow PA14 5NG, Scotland
+44 1475 741858
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Built by George Maxwell in the 15th century, this elegant and still virtually intact castle was enlarged by his descendent Patrick Maxwell in the 16th century. Patrick was infamous for murdering two of his neighbours and beating his wife of 44 years who bore him 16 children. The oldest part of the castle is a tower built soon after 1478, with a gatehouse. The connecting range was added in 1597-1599 by the wicked Patrick Maxwell, in a most elegant style.
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Castle Road, Port Glasgow PA14 5NG, Scotland
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"nooks and crannies"
in 7 reviews
"the river"
in 12 reviews
"historic scotland"
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"worth a visit"
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"quick visit"
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"visited newark"
in 3 reviews
"a lot of fun"
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"anne marie"
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"great place to visit"
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"interesting history"
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"info boards"
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"original beams"
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"restoration work"
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"wedding pictures"
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"tower house"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were heading for Finlaystone Country Estate but missed the entrance then my wife spotted a brown information sign for this place. It’s situated in a small park on the river and it’s worth climbing the tower for the views of the surrounding hills as...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beutifull place lost so and plenty rooms to explore. The lady on this desk was very helpful and friendly it has some nice views

Thank den310
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great place to stop and explore. My boys enjoyed it thoroughly. The castle is well maintained and it’s just really amazing to get to go through a castle inside and out. The castle sat on the water and a great green lawn....More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

We visited in early June with a 4yr old and she thoroughly enjoyed herself exploring the different rooms and imagining what life was like when the castle was new. The staff were really polite and gave a great introduction on arrival. We spent a good...More

1  Thank Matthew R
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

We visited Newark Castle in October and loved exploring it. The lady I the ticket office was lovely and very helpful.

1  Thank SharonRobertson57
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Visited today with a friend. Was very suprised at how good it was. Lots to see in a lovely setting. Highly recomended

1  Thank shazza56
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Great venue very atmospheric interiors and architecture. Very helpful staff at reception. Touring is self-guided and a guide book is available or tour guide scripts in most rooms or on wall boards.

1  Thank rosscanderson
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I love Newark castle. Good for a visit and your around grounds. It is set in Port Glasgow on the banks of river clyde.

Thank scotlandsno1gal
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Very pretty little castle inexpensive to get in. Good little way to kill half hour or so. Could do with few more info boards explaining a bit more history of castle. You can walk all the way to the top of the tower though which...More

Thank Luke P
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Driven past Newark Castle numerous times and wish we had stopped and visited sooner. Really great castle on Firth Of Clyde. You can explore the many areas of the castle, amazing to see that given its age, that it still has some of the original...More

1  Thank David P
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