Inside Newark – top things to do

Discover the fascinating story of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II in the historic town of Newark. Since the civil war, this town has flourished into a modern, vibrant place to visit.


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Need inspiration? What to see

Newark Castle is the obvious place to start your adventure. It has towered over the town for almost 900 years, although it was partly destroyed during the English civil war when doomed royalists tried to fight off the Roundhead advance. Book a guided tour to get the most out of the experience then enjoy a stroll around the gardens afterwards. Look out for the bandstand where you might be able to catch a free concert.

Your next step should be the National Civil War centre to find out more about this nation-changing conflict. You'll discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges, feel the weight of the armour that was used, and feast your eyes on many historic and poignant artefacts from the period.

Aviation fans need to visit Newark Air Museum, situated at a World War II airfield in Winthorpe. You'll be able to get up close to 74 aircraft, covering the history of flight, as well as a collection of other fascinating objects. Expand your mind by learning what makes airplanes fly then reward yourself with a treat at the on-site cafe.

Hidden Newark

Only open on Fridays, The Museum of Timekeeping is a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces. There are some remarkable objects on show, such as the watch worn by Captain Scott on his fatal polar expedition and the UK's first speaking clock. The building itself is lovely and the whole experience makes for a unique family field trip.

Retail Therapy

High-street heaven

The Butter Market Shopping Centre is the place to be for your favourite brands. When you need to take a break there's a restaurant on the first floor that is much loved by the locals.

In with the old

The Newark Antiques Centre is a hidden gem. Browse a huge range of collectibles including fine antique furniture, books and costume jewellery. Open seven days a week, bring your wallet and go home with something unique.

With the locals

Newark Market is extremely popular with both locals and visitors and is a central hub of activity for the town. You'll be able to buy everything from fruit and vegetables to clothes, cakes and fish. Pay a visit and pick up a bargain or two.


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