Newark (England)Nottinghamshire, on the edge of Sherwood Forest. It’s famous as the place where King Charles I surrendered during the English Civil War.
By roadNewark stands on the A1 some 120 miles (192 km) from London, at the junction with the A46 and A17. You’ll know you’re close when you see the steaming chimneys and silos of the British Sugar plant at Kelham just west of town. The junction is messy, especially when there’s a big event at the Showground, watch out for standing traffic queueing back onto the A1.
The bus station is central, off Lombard street. National Express coaches take just under five hours to London Victoria, with departures at 8AM (NX447 direct) and 9:30AM (on NX339 from Grimsby to Birmingham and the West Country, change at Leicester). Coaches from London Victoria to Newark depart at 2:30PM (NX441, change at Leicester) and 4PM (NX447 for Lincoln/Hull, direct).
By trainNewark Northgate station, which is Newark-on-Trent's main station is at the north-east edge of town in the Appletongate area. It’s on the East Coast main line between London Kings Cross and the north. Trains to London (operated by LNER) run at least every hour and take 80 min.
is near the centre and is on the line between Nottingham, East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport), Lincoln and Grimsby. These trains are operated by East Midlands Trains and run hourly.
By airThe nearest airport is East Midlands Airport (EMA) (30 miles, 50 km). This has good connections across West Europe, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. For anything further afield, use the London airports.
A shuttle bus connects EMA with East Midlands Parkway railway station, with direct trains to Newark Castle. EMA airport buses also run from Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Loughborough.
By boatNewark stands on the River Trent which is navigable and non-tidal. There is mooring for visiting craft, with two marinas in the town and a harbour at the nearby village of Farndon.
The town is readily explored on foot. The country around is flat and cyclable.
Newark Castlephone: +44 1636 650000address: Castlegate NG24 1BGNewark and many other English castles were partly demolished after 1648, not in the heat of battle, but to prevent them ever being used again by rebels (a policy commemorated by Gracie Fields in her song “I’m one of the old ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit”.) The castle was partly restored in the 19th century; it’s basically a masonry shell set in municipal gardens.
National Civil War Centreaddress: 14 Appletongate NG24 1JY
Newark Air MuseumThe flat terrain of Lincolnshire is well-suited to airfields, which during the Second World War were bases for RAF Bomber Command. Many members of the Polish Air Force served in this region and are buried in the war graves plot in Newark Cemetery. General Sikorski, their wartime Prime Minister and military commander, was buried there but his remains were repatriated to Krakow in 1993.
- Skydive: The centre at Skydive Langar is one of the biggest and best equipped in the UK. It lies 30 km south of Newark at Langar NG13 9HY, near Grantham. The usual approach for a beginner is a “tandem” – strapped to an instructor, so minimum training and fitness are needed, but you do need decent weather. Email email@example.com or call 01949 860878. There’s another big centre further north at Hibaldstow: see Lincoln entry.
- Go to the races at Southwell Racecourse, five miles southwest of Newark. It's an artificial all-weather track with year-round flat-racing and jumps races in winter. Nearby Rolleston station has trains every couple of hours between Newark Castle, Nottingham, Derby & Matlock.
- Enjoy the variety of stalls in Newark's market in the market place Tuesday through Saturday.
- Browse the shops along Chain Lane and in the market place.
Asha Tandooriaddress: Stodman StreetGood Indian food.
Braith'saddress: Carter GateCoffee bar with extensive range of hot & cold sandwiches.
Il Castelloaddress: CastlegateItalian
Pizza Expressaddress: The WharfPizza and Italian cuisine with excellent views over the River Trent.
Zizzi's at the Ossingtonaddress: Great North RoadPizza & pasta restaurant - brilliant ambience and service.
The New King Wahaddress: Bar GateCantonese-style Chinese restaurant.
Caunton Beckphone: +44 1636 636793address: Main Street Caunton NG23 6ABExcellent all-day eatery.
The Old Kings Armsaddress: KirkgateA traditional British pub.
The Old Post Officeaddress: Kirkgate
The Castle BargeNewark's floating pub on the wharf.
phone: +44 1636 671334address: 3 Church St, NG24 1DT
The Springhouseaddress: 15 Farndon Road NG24 4SA
Premier Innphone: +44 871 5278784address: Lincoln Rd NG24 2DB
phone: +44 1636 708670address: 117 Balderton Gate NG24 1RYB&B
phone: +44 844 387 6298, +44 1636 602100address: London Rd NG24 1TFVictorian-style 32-bedroom hotel.
phone: +44 1636 703399address: 73 London Rd NG24 1RZ3-star hotel near town centre.
phone: +44 1636 705 266address: Main St, Kelham NG23 5QPEdwardian country manor, built by the owners of nearby Kelham Hall (see below).
phone: +44 1636 980 000address: Main Road, Kelham NG23 5QXA pocket-sized edition of St Pancras designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The Hall and its predecessors have variously served as King Charles I’s first place of confinement, a country manor, a school for monks and missionaries, a sugar beet farm, and council offices. You can camp there or use the self-catering apartments, but the main hotel and spa haven't opened yet.
Lincoln is a must-see, with its cathedral and castle enclosing a picturesque historic city centre. If you want a day at the seaside, the most accessible is Cleethorpes. Major cities within an hour or so by train include Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and York.