Home / Travel Guides - New Castle

Let's Explore

New Castle


More About
New Castle, DE

About New CastleWilliam Penn first set foot in North America near what is now the corner of Strand and Delaware streets. The town prospered under Penn's Quaker administration, producing two signers of the Declaration of Independence—George Read and Thomas McKean.

New Castle was a trade center until 1824 when a fire leveled the business district. Although the New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad gave New Castle new life in 1832, in the mid-19th century the main railroad lines were rerouted through Wilmington, isolating the town. New Castle's resulting seclusion has had one desirable effect: Much of its Colonial and Federal architecture remains unaltered.

The Old Library Museum, housed in a restored 1892 Victorian library designed by Philadelphia architect Frank Furness and featuring a cupola, skylight and leaded-glass doors, presents changing historic exhibits; phone (302) 322-2794.

New Castle's inhabitants own a 700-acre tract of land dating from the earliest days of Dutch settlement. Administered by the Trustees of New Castle Common instead of the municipal government, its many uses yield considerable revenue for the common good of the community.

Self-guiding ToursBrochures for the New Castle Heritage Trail walking tour are available at the New Castle Court House Museum and the city administration building at the corner of Third and Delaware streets across from The Green. The tour covers historic areas and buildings dating from the mid-17th century.

Things to Do Amstel House

Dutch House

The Green

New Castle Court House Museum

New Castle Presbyterian Church

Original Ticket Office

Read House and Gardens

The Strand

Read More

New Castle, DE

AAA Inspected & Approved TOP Hotels

In-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. All hotels must meet the same basic requirements for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality to be AAA Approved. A rating of one to five AAA Diamonds tells members what type of experience to expect, from no-frills to highly personalized.

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Sheraton Wilmington South/New Castle

365 Airport Rd. New Castle, DE 19720

AAA Inspector Rating
Book Now
AAA Members
Clarion Hotel-The Belle

1612 N DuPont Hwy. New Castle, DE 19720

AAA Inspector Rating
Book Now
AAA Members

call or visit a AAA Travel Agent Today!

Find a AAA Office

As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.

Not a Member?

Join Now