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Newark Two Day Itinerary

Newark Two Day Itinerary

With one of the finest Georgian market squares in the UK, an iconic castle and two museums, there’s plenty to see and do in Newark. This two-day itinerary takes you to some of the most popular sites – and a couple of our favourite hidden gems - so you can get a flavour of what this historic town has to offer.

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Day 1 | Morning

Check in to Orchard Hill Farm, which offers several charming self-catering holiday cottages at the edge of the small rural North Nottinghamshire village of Askham. You can expect a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere on this livestock and arable farm, surrounded by pleasant country lanes, fields and woods, and just a short walk from the village. The cottages are spacious and open plan with traditional country furnishings.

Kickstart your trip with a visit to the National Civil War Centre, which will plunge you deep into the heart of Britain’s deadliest conflict. Explore this richly dramatic era in British history and its stories of gunpowder, plague and plot. Discover for yourself the clash between Roundhead and Royalist, brother and brother, and uncover the causes, major conflicts and nationwide consequences of the British Civil Wars as well as a fascinating focus on life in a town besieged three times from 1643 to 1646.

Day 1 | Afternoon

A five-minute walk away is Gannets Day Café and Bistro, housed in an elegant Georgian building opposite the ruins and grounds of the beautiful Newark castle. This family-owned, quirky yet classic cafe maintains a legacy of signature dishes freshly made using locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients. Why not indulge in a delicious afternoon tea?

It’s time for a stroll around Newark Market, a cobbled marketplace which provides a focal point for the town. It hosts regular market days when visitors can buy local produce, antiques and much more. Depending on the day of your visit, you’ll find either a collectors / antique market (Monday, except bank holidays) or a general retail market (open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday).

Next, visit Newark Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery. This is one of the finest town halls in the country, designed in Palladian style in 1774 and housing a fine collection of civic treasures and fine art. See the original Georgian features in the imposing Council Chamber, the Mayor’s Parlour and the elegant Assembly Room, restored in 1990 to its 18th century splendour.

Day 1 | Evening

Head to The Horse and Plough for your evening meal. This hugely renowned pub in the heart of Bingham is well reputed for its excellent food both downstairs in the pub and in the upstairs restaurant, as well as high quality ales, lagers, craft beers, 50+ bottles and wines, not to mention being the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017. Choose from an impressive array of vegan beers and food dishes, including favourites such as Fish and Chips and Teriyaki Tempeh.

Walk off your dinner with a sunset visit to Newark Castle and Gardens; lovely, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which has stood proudly on the banks of the River Trent for nearly 900 years. During your visit, relax in the quiet garden areas and admire the picturesque views.

Round off your day in style with a pint of ale at The Organ Grinder, Newark. Kick back and listen to some mellow piano played by one of the talented customers or take your pick from a selection of the day’s newspapers, books, or games to play depending on your mood. The real fire is also a huge bonus if you’re visiting on a chilly autumn evening!

Day 2 | Morning

Start your day the right way with a delicious breakfast at Carriages Café. This Grade II listed station was built in the Italianate style in 1846 and has been sympathetically restored to its former glory.  It’s now a beautiful Victorian styled cafe and bar with chandeliers, nostalgic steampunk decor, sash windows and stone fireplaces.  Indulge in a filling bowl of porridge or granola with 3 toppings (we recommend the decadent cream, maple syrup and seasonal fruits).

After breakfast it’s time for a visit to Newark Air Museum, located on the former World War II airfield of Winthorpe. Its diverse collection of more than 90 aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation and is one the largest volunteer managed aviation museums in Great Britain. Open 361 days of the year the museum now has extensive under cover displays, including two aircraft display halls that house more than 48 aircraft and helicopters. This means that visitors can find something to see or do whatever the weather.

Day 2 | Afternoon

Next, visit Newark Church to see if you can spot the Civil War Cannonball Hole. The spire on Newark Parish Church dates back to around 1220 and as the fierce battles of the English Civil War raged, it was used as a look-out post. Today, there is a hole in the spire where a Parliamentarian cannonball is said to have hit it in 1644.

Head to Strays Coffee Shop for lunch, a charming family-owned restaurant serving local, home-made and fresh food all accompanied by a jazz soundtrack. Choose from a generous range of classic sandwiches with a twist (such as Beef and stilton with rocket and wholegrain mustard mayo) washed down with a cup of their famous coffee.

After lunch it’s time for an action-packed afternoon at ELK Motorsport: the East Midlands’ best all-weather go-karting experience! With a 1200-metre super circuit boasting long straights and fast flowing bends, this circuit ensures a thrilling experience for budding racers of all abilities. With a range of Karts suitable for adults and children from 8 years, there’s something for everyone, and all equipment, clothing and tuition is provided as part of the price.

Day 2 | Evening

Round off your trip with a couple of craft beers and an evening meal at the Fox and Crown, Newark, once a traditional real ale pub. Situated just across the road from St Marys Church in a conservation area, this interesting, historic and higgledy-piggledy pub is a sure taste of the 1940s. They offer a range of up to ten cask ales, ten traditional craft beers, as well as cider, bottles, wine, spirits and soft drinks, perfectly enjoyed with one of their sharing dishes - we love the generous Ploughman’s Platter or, for the vegetarian, the Mediterranean-inspired Veggie Platter!

Product Information

  1. Address

    Orchard Hill Farm, Askham, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0RR


    01777 838246
  2. Address

    National Civil War Centre Newark Museum, Appleton Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1JY


    01636 655765
  3. Address

    Market Place, Newark, Notts, NG24 1DU
  4. Address

    Market Place, Newark, Notts, NG24 1DU


    01636 680333
  5. Address

    25 Long Acre, Bingham, Nottinghamshire, NG13 8AF


    01949 839313
  6. Address

    Castlegate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BG


    +44 01636 655765
  7. Address

    21 Portland Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4XF


    01636 671768
  8. Address

    Newark Castle Station, Ossington Way, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BL


    01636 676129
  9. Address

    The Airfield, Winthorpe, Newark, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY


    +44 (0)1636 707170
  10. Address

    Church Walk, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1JS

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Orchard Hill Farm Cottages - Ginny's Barn, The Granary, Swallow's Flight (53.26584,-0.89891)National Civil War Centre Newark (53.07658,-0.80661)19.76
National Civil War Centre Newark (53.07658,-0.80661)Newark Market Place (53.07606,-0.80868)0.14
Newark Market Place (53.07606,-0.80868)Newark Town Hall Museum (53.07606,-0.80868)0
Newark Town Hall Museum (53.07606,-0.80868)Horse and Plough (52.95065,-0.95354)15.3
Horse and Plough (52.95065,-0.95354)Newark Castle and Gardens (53.07823,-0.81256)15.35
Newark Castle and Gardens (53.07823,-0.81256)The Organ Grinder - Newark (53.07381,-0.81199)0.44
The Organ Grinder - Newark (53.07381,-0.81199)Carriages Cafe (53.08011,-0.81302)0.63
Carriages Cafe (53.08011,-0.81302)Newark Air Museum (53.09527,-0.76054)3.5
Newark Air Museum (53.09527,-0.76054)Civil War Cannonball Hole on Newark Church (53.07514,-0.80721)3.46
Total Distance *58.58 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.89 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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