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.Make Newark Castle a part of your Port Glasgow vacation plans using our Port Glasgow trip maker tool .
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Neil DJuly 23, 2017
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 »
emy cJuly 20, 2017
Struttura labirintica fatta di scale a chiocciola e passaggi da un ambiente all'altro. I pupi l'hanno adorato! Per aiutarli ad immedesimarsi meglio nello scenario del castello vengono offerti in prest... 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.
H BJuly 13, 2017
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 »
The most well kept castle we visited in Scotland. The staff take a lot of pride in this castle & are super friendly. There's many rooms to explore and has nice views over the water. You can visit this castle with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass which is really great value.
The castle is decievingly large inside and a bit of a maze! Cool place to look around and a few good lookout spots on a nice day
Well worth the cost almost all in tact
Scenic but that's about all there is there
My gran was the custodian and lived in the Castle. I spent my childhood growing up there. Loved it . Still love the place now
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