New Castle Keep
Queen Victoria Road
New Castle KeepThe Romans first built a fort called Pons Aelius as part of Hadrian’s Wall in the area that is now Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Normans later built the wooden “new castle” in 1080 that gave the town its name. But it wasn’t until 1172 that a stone castle was constructed by Henry II. Today only the keep and the nearby Black Gate remain; the surrounding garth, or grounds, was subsumed by railroads. Visitors can explore the tower, with exhibits on historic Newcastle and a great panoramic view of the city today.