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Candlelit Carols at the Castle

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Newcastle Castle Keep

Newcastle upon Tyne


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Celebrate the joy of Christmas listening to the renowned choir of Newcastle Cathedral in the historic setting of Newcastle Castle Keep. Guests will be able to join in with traditional hymns in a candlelit setting. Visitors are advised to dress up warmly. For our 6pm performances on Friday and Saturday, doors open at 5.30pm. For our 7.30pm performances on Friday and Saturday, doors open at 7pm.

Please note: access to the Castle Keep is via two sets of uneven stone steps and the venue is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with restricted mobility.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Newcastle Castle is within easy reach of many public transport links:


Newcastle Central Train Station is just five minutes' walk from Newcastle Castle. When leaving Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. You will pass by the monument to George Stephenson, father of Robert Stephenson, as well as The Literary and Philosophical Society and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. You can then follow one of two routes: Following Collingwood Street will bring you out at Newcastle Cathedral. Alternatively, turn right down Westgate Road. This will bring you past the railway arches which stand in between the Castle Keep and Black Gate.


The nearest major public car park can be found on Dean Street. Walk out of the car park, cross straight over Dean Street and almost directly in front of you is a small stairway that brings you up into Amen Corner, to the east side of the Castle. There are numerous other parking facilities, including multi-storey facilities and 48 surface car parks operated by Newcastle City Council. The Quayside's multi-storey car park is approximately 12 minutes’ walk away and can hold up to 500 vehicles.


The Nexus operated Tyne and Wear Metro service operates into Newcastle city centre - with several stations in close proximity to Newcastle Castle. The nearest stations are Monument Station (at the top of the Grade I-listed Grey Street) and Central Station, both less than ten minutes' walk away. If travelling from the Airport via Regent Centre, you will have to alight at Haymarket and change platforms.

The Q1 QuayLink bus service runs to the bottom of the Side, the medieval Quayside street which leads up to the Castle. Public buses run outside of the Black Gate into Gateshead and towards Durham and Chester-le-Street once every 15 minutes (weekdays and Saturdays).


From the city centre: Head down Grey Street, passing by the Theatre Royal. Turn right along Mosely Street, which will bring you out to the north facade of Newcastle Cathedral. The Black Gate is a short distance along St Nicholas Street.

From Central Station: As you leave Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. Following Collingwood Street will bring you to Newcastle Cathedral. Turning right down Westgate Road will bring you to the railway bridge that stands between the Black Gate and Castle Keep.

From the Quayside: Alight the Side - the main medieval route into Newcastle. Alternatively, you can take Dog Leap Stairs. They're steep but rise straight up to the Castle. The Castle Stairs are another route. These can be found on the Quayside, across the road from the Swing Bridge. Again, this is steep but will bring you straight up to the Castle Keep.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

With the exception of Guide Dogs, no dogs are allowed in Newcastle Castle.

No photographs are allowed.

Visitors are advised to dress up warmly.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For further information, please contact:

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What is the refund policy?

Refunds are not available.

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