Old Newcastle Project

This exciting project focuses on Newcastle's social, cultural and creative heritage, using, amongst others, the ancient Black Gate and Castle Keep as a portal into the City's rich history, culture and character. The two buildings have now combined as one visitor attraction and are open to the public as Newcastle Castle.

Heritage Lottery Funding was secured in October 2011 to create an accessible, heritage-led education and interpretation centre in the then-vacant and closed Black Gate, transforming its current lifeless and substantially ignored presence into a hub of heritage activity that is now open and available to the entire community and visitors from near and far.

The Black Gate has combined with its medieval neighbours, the Castle Keep and St Nicholas Cathedral to provide an outstanding and dynamic heritage asset that will tell the story of the remarkable history of Newcastle and the ingenuity of countless generations of its inhabitants.

Download an Explore Newcastle guide

We have produced several leaflets that will help you enjoy the heritage of Newcastle. You can download a copy below.

Download the Hidden Newcastle mobile app

Unlock the forgotten stories of Newcastle's past as you walk around the city using the free Hidden Newcastle mobile app. Discover the real people who lived and worked in our familiar streets. Visit the Hidden Newcastle website.

Tours of Newcastle

Ideal for both residents and visitors, explore the city on a guided tour by foot, bus or via a cruise on the Tyne.

Find out more about tours of the city.

Download walking guides.