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Newark (England)

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Newark-on-Trent is a small market town in Nottinghamshire famous as a parliamentary stronghold during the English Civil War and now a major centre for antiques.

Understand

Newark is in eastern Nottinghamshire, on the border with Lincolnshire. It is predominantly an agricultural town with some light industry and tourism, benefiting from its location on the edge of Sherwood Forest.

Getting There

By Road

Newark is situated on the A1 trunk road which runs from London to Edinburgh, approximately 120 miles from London, and on the A17 from the east and the A46 from the south west.

By Train

Newark has good rail links. It is on the East Coast Main Line served by National Express East Coast [1] trains running between London and Scotland, about 1 hour 20 minutes from London. It is also on the line from Nottingham to Lincoln operated by Central Trains.

By Air

The nearest airports are East Midlands Airport (30 miles / 50 minutes) and Humberside International Airport.

By Boat

Newark is situated on the River Trent and is readily accessible from inland waterways and the sea. Newark has mooring for visiting craft and boasts two marinas in the town and a harbor at the nearby village of Farndon.

Getting Around

The majority of the town is readily explored on foot but forays further afield can be easily made by bus or taxi. As the town is relatively flat many people cycle and there is a rudimentary infrastructure of cycle paths.

See

  • Newark Castle - Remains of the Norman castle destroyed by parliamentarian troops during the English Civil War.
  • Millgate Museum Millgate - Folk Museum with a permanent display of artefacts and photographs of old Newark.
  • The parish church of St. Mary Magdalene

Do

  • Visit the International Antiques Fair on the showground various dates throughout the year. This is a major gathering of antique traders from around the country and abroad with thousands of stalls to browse.
  • Visit the Newark and Notts Agricultural show on the showground during the second full weekend in May. A traditional rural agricultural show with the usual mix of animals, tractors and farmers.

Learn

  • Newark & Sherwood College provides courses at various levels. [2]

Work

Buy

Newark's retail outlets predominantly cater for the local community. Major shopping expeditions will necessitate excursions into Nottingham, Lincoln or to Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield.

  • 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.
  • Each Wednesday Newark holds a livestock market.

Eat

Budget

  • Traditional Fish & Chips is a perennial favourite for English economy eating. Try Middle Gate or Appletongate.

Mid Range

  • Asha Tandoori, Stodman Street. Good Indian food.
  • Braith's, Carter Gate. Coffee Bar with extensive range of hot & cold sandwiches.
  • Il Castello, Castlegate. Italian food.
  • Pizza Express, The Wharf. Pizza and Italian Cuisine with excellent views over the River Trent.
  • Shaan, Kirk Gate. Another Indian restaurant.

Splurge

  • Cafe Bleu, Castlegate. French Bistro-style.
  • Zizzi's at the Ossington, Great North Road. Pizza & Pasta style eatery - brilliant ambience and service.
  • Mandarin, Beaumond Cross. Cantonese style Chinese restaurant.
  • The New King Wah, Bar Gate. Cantonese style Chinese restaurant.

Drink

Newark boasts many drinking establishments. For a traditional British pub try The Old Kings Arms on Kirkgate.

Sleep

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Splurge

Contact

Stay safe

Cope

Get out

  • Newark is the gateway to Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood.
  • Take a trip to Lincoln. Lincolnshire's historic and picturesque county town with its famous Gothic cathedral.
  • Visit Southwell for the horse racing and the magnificent mediaeval minster.
  • Enjoy Nottingham's Goose Fair. The UK's biggest fair takes place the first weekend in October.
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