Newark & Sherwood

An experience of English history through the ages. Discover Newark Castle, Newark Royal Market and the National Civil War Centre.

Newark is the quintessential English market town. Home to a stunning 12th Century riverside Castle with its dungeons and tower where ‘bad’ King John died of dysentery in 1216, the National Civil War Centre, air museum and a cobbled Market Place overlooked by its Georgian Town Hall, Newark offers an experience of English history through the ages alongside a tempting array of shops, antiques centres, cafes, eateries and historic pubs. Markets are held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Nearby, picturesque Southwell is often referred to as ‘the jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown’ with Southwell Minster renowned for its twin ‘pepperpot’ towers, Archbishop’s Palace, Victorian Workhouse and unique Museum of Timekeeping. Southwell is also admired for its choice of independent shops, charming pubs, tearooms and its popular racecourse.

Made world-famous by its legendary association with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Sherwood Forest been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. Its ancient woodlands, natural wildlife habitats, beautiful country parks and wide range of outdoor activities, from archery to cycling and walking trails to boating, offer something for everyone. The historic village of Edwinstowe is popular for its cafes, shops and statue of Robin Hood proposing marriage to Maid Marian. Follow in Robin Hood’s footsteps and explore this legendary landscape! Sherwood Forest is easily reachable from both Newark (16 miles) and Southwell (14 miles).