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.To visit Newark Castle and get the most from your holiday in Port Glasgow, create itinerary details personal to you using our Port Glasgow trip builder.
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The castle is full of interesting information and an option of participating in a quiz is offered to when you arrive. It is not recommended for individuals experiencing mobility issue. If you phone pr... more »
We went here for my daughters photo shoot for her wedding. Very nice setting and friendly staff. Very nice part of the country for your wedding pictures as the scenery is to die for. more »
We passed this place on the main road from overnighting in Glasgow to the ferry for Dunoon and almost missed it as it is set back from the road. It is a totally unexpected place in the midst of all th... more »
My gran was the custodian and lived in the Castle. I spent my childhood growing up there. Loved it . Still love the place now
Lovely little castle overlooking the Clyde. Enjoyed an hour here with the kids, they loved all the little nooks and rooms. Worth a visit!
Took both my kids here in early august, and they both had a great time. But of renovation going on but didn't detract from the experience at all.
Small but nicely formed. Great little warren of passages. Kids loved it. Great intro to castles for kids.
A beautiful castle found beside the last ship building yard to survive in Inverclyde. The view from the castle overlooking the Clyde is wonderful. The castle also offers use of the main hall as a wedding reception. In addition the castle holds a lot of beauty and heritage. When choosing to visit Inverclyde be sure to visit Newark castle :-). I highly recommend it.
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