Newark (England)

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.

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 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.

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 harbour 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.






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.



Mid Range



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

Stay safe

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.

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