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Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

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Newark Castle is a well-preserved castle sited on the south shore of the estuary of the River Clyde in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, where the firth gradually narrows from the Firth of Clyde and navigation upriver is made difficult by shifting sandbanks. For centuries this location was used to offload seagoing ships, and led to the growth of Port Glasgow close to the castle on either side and to the south. When dredging techniques made the Clyde navigable as far as Glasgow the port became a shipbuilding centre, and the castle was surrounded by shipyards. Ferguson Shipbuilders, the last shipyard on the lower Clyde, stands close to the west of the castle, but the shipyards to the east were removed around the 1980s and new landscaped areas formed to the east of Newark Castle, opening up scenic views of the castle and across the Clyde from a new bypass road.HistoryThe castle was built in 1478 by George Maxwell when he inherited the Barony of Finlanstone in the parish of Kilmacolm. The original castle had a tower house within a walled enclosure or barmkin entered through a large gatehouse. All that remains of the outer defensive wall is from one of the original corner towers. It is thought that there would have been a hall and ancillary buildings such as a bakehouse and brew house inside the walled enclosure.
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  • This is a great place to visit. Loads of nooks and crannies to explore and you get great views at the top of the tower. Lots of info boards about the castle it's history and it's owners. Well worth th...  more »
  • Labyrinthine structure made of spiral staircases and passages from one environment to another. The puppets they loved it! To help them feel better in the scenery of the Castle are offered on loan to children even medieval costumes.
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  • Very quaint and beautiful castle. We were the only ones there so it was very quiet. There is lots of climbing up very narrow staircases, so if this isn't your thing, I'd stay on the ground floor. If y...  more »
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  • Was a great find. We were travelling and this was on route. Easy to find and free parking. Helpful staff. Worth the effort of visiting.
  • This iconic building dating to 1478, was a castle built by Sir George Maxwell, in 1597 middle section of castle modernized by Sir Patrick, this beautiful building has lots of surprise's, inside and out. Not just outstanding architecture but history involving King James the Fourth , and King James the Six, or to our cousins down south King James the First. Well worth a visit .
  • A fascinating castle in a unique setting. It's a slightly surreal experience to look out of the window of the main hall and see the side of a ship under construction or repair.
  • This was one of my favourite castles. The lady in the shop was so helpful and full of knowledge.
  • A small but interesting castle that has been surrounded by industry over the years but still somehow retains is original charm.

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