NZ 372-694 Northumberland England
Tynemouth Castle was originally a Norman earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Robert de Mowbray. The castle is built on the site of an early Christian monastery, which was founded by Edward, the Saxon king of Northumbria, in 625. In 1085, a Benedictine priory was founded within the fortified enclosure and in 1296, King Edward I granted the priory a licence to crenellate. The Prior, founded the stone castle, when adding a continuous stone curtain wall, flanked by semi-circular towers, around the headland. In the 14th century, Prior John of Wethamstede strengthened the gateway, adding a three storey gatehouse, with an inner and outer barbican, behind a huge ditch. 8 miles south-west is Newcastle Castle and 9 miles south is Hylton Castle.
Tynemouth Castle is located on the headland, off Pier Road. 8 miles east of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the A1058.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, April to September 10:00-6:00pm, October 10:00-4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, November to March 10:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park nearby.