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.
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.
Newark has good rail links. It is on the East Coast Main Line served by Virgin Trains East Coast 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 East Midlands Trains.
The nearest airports are East Midlands Airport (30 miles / 50 minutes) and Humberside International Airport.
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 harbour at the nearby village of Farndon.
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.
- 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.
- Visit the International Antiques Fair on the show-ground 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 show-ground during the second full weekend in May. A traditional rural agricultural show with the usual mix of animals, tractors and farmers.
- 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.
- Traditional Fish & Chips is a perennial favourite for English economy eating. Try Middle Gate or Appletongate.
- Asha Tandoori, Stodman Street. Good Indian food.
- Braith's, Carter Gate. Coffee Bar with extensive range of hot & cold sandwiches.
- Il Castello, Castlegate. Italian
- Pizza Express, The Wharf. Pizza and Italian Cuisine with excellent views over the River Trent.
- Shaan, Kirk Gate. Another Indian restaurant
- 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
Newark boasts many drinking establishments. For a traditional British pub try The Old Kings Arms on Kirkgate.
The Old Post Office on Kirkgate
The Castle Barge (Newark's Floating Pub) on the Wharf
The Mayze on Castlegate
The Castle Pub on Castle Gate
The Queen's Head in the Market Place
Wetherspoon's in the Market Place
The White Hart through the arch in the Market Place
The Cardinal's Hat on Churchill Drive
The Springhouse on Farndon Road
The Crown & Mitre on Castlegate
The Cornexchange Night Club on Castlegate, currently closed due to a drug raid
Newark is relatively a safe place. There are a few undesirable people in Newark, much like any other town in the country. The places that are most often avoided are Yorke Drive (near Northgate Train Station) and Devon Road (Hawtonville Estate) although your life isn't necessarily threatened. Avoiding the Sconce Hills Park at night is recommended as there has been a history of muggings and other crimes there, though during the day it is mostly used for dog walkers and children playing.
- 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.