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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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  • My 3 year old son absolutely loved this castle and what a hidden gem. I fully recommend it is well worth a visit. 
  • >Unless castles r ur .thing.this wont.do it for.you the aspect is nice..but other than that..the.poxiimity of the shipyard puts me off but its taste so so* 
  • The castle is a wonderful introduction to life in the past. For children the size is ideal: lots of places to discover but not on a grand scale. We spent about 1.5 hours with smaller children (7 years...  more »
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  • 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.