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Southwell Two Day Itinerary

Southwell Two Day Itinerary

Escape to the beautiful rolling countryside where the air is clean, people friendly and relaxation is high on the agenda. British countryside never fails expectations and delivers just the right amount of escapism as well as things to do for the whole family. In this itinerary we want you to discover Southwell and its hidden gems as we take you through top places to visit, play and stay. We’re sure you will love Nottinghamshire as much as we do.


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Day 1

Day 1 | Morning

Stay at the stunning, recently refurbished Lavender Cottage a two bedroom cottage located in the picturesque traditional market town of Southwell. Lavender Cottage is just a short walk through the tree lined park to the centre of town, making it ideal for walkers and cyclists alike; the many shops, restaurants, cosy cafes, friendly pubs and garden centres are all within walking distance. 

After you unpack and have enjoyed some homemade breakfast at your accommodation, head on over to the Museum of Timekeeping and discover its fascinating collection of clocks, watches and timepieces. Explore amazing exhibits including some of history's most famous timekeeping devices, all based inside the gorgeous surrounds of the Grade II listed Upton Hall. 

Day 1| Afternoon

Next, head to the historical town of Southwell where the first place to visit is Southwell Minster and Archbishop's Palace. This majestic cathedral is a must-stop during your visit to Southwell. Its magnificent towers stand tall over the town and is key landmark there. Wander around this grand building and admire its finest-in-the-country naturalistic carvings - the Leaves of Southwell - and take in the grandeur of its tall ceilings and stained-glass windows. There’s also a Visitor Centre just outside the minster which incorporates the Cathedral Shop, Refectory and audio-visual centre. A digitally-recorded audio guide is available. The minster is open daily from 8am to 7pm and entry is free, they do however welcome donations on the door. While you’re there stop by the Archbishop’s Palace, dating way back to 14th century. Wander around its gardens and admire this historical structure with one of its famous occupants being Cardinal Wolsey who was serving under Henry VIII, and who famously failed to secure the divorce from Catherine of Aragon. The palace is open daily 9am – 5pm, however, to avoid disappointment, please check opening times before you visit because it is sometimes closed for functions.

While you’re still inside the Southwell Minster grounds, stop by The Refectory for a spot of lunch and to recharge your batteries. We recommend securing a table on their patio area where you can take in some more of the magnificent view of Southwell Minister.

Before you head to our final recommended experience of the day, wander through Southwell’s charming streets and take in the local atmosphere. There are several shops worth a visit including Bookwise – a charity bookshop where you can stock up on the latest bestsellers and plenty of characterful old books.

The final attraction of the day is The Workhouse, which is just few minutes’ drive from Southwell’s town centre. Built in 1824, this austere building, pioneering in its design and approach, became a blueprint for similar institutions across the country. For decades, it was where the poorest in society had to work in return for food, shelter and medical care.

Today, you are invited to hear its story, told from the perspective of those who lived and worked there. A full programme of living history events, tours and exhibitions are available for you to explore. Children can enjoy special trails, games and dressing up with activities and crafts during the school holidays as well.

Day 2

Day 2 | Morning

Head out bright and early to Reg Taylor's Tea Rooms - just a 10-minute drive from your accommodation. They serve breakfast between 10am and 11.30am (10.30am on Sundays). Over the years, the Tea Room at Reg Taylor’s has been developed into a fully licensed restaurant, where you can enjoy a breakfast, relaxed lunch, afternoon tea or a special Sunday roast. After you’re done with your freshly prepared brekkie, head out and explore the 9-acre Swan Sanctuary, encompassing five beautiful lakes and its programme of rare and endangered species, including some graceful swans. An adult ticket is just £3.00, OAPs £2.50 and children under 16 go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult or you can get an annual family pass for £35.00. There’s also a garden centre onsite in case you wanted to buy something lovely for your garden.

Day 2 | Afternoon

Just a 13-minute drive away from Reg Taylor and the Swan Sanctuary, there’s Robin Hood's Wheelgate Park which is the next stop on your list. This family theme park, farm park and water park boasts fantastic facilities for all family. Play with 100s of animals, birds and reptiles with round-the-clock activities for all ages. Get active on the assault course, outdoor play structures, slides and bridges, mazes, bumper boats, peddle karts, bouncy castles, zip slides and trampolines. This incredible park is packed with rides and attractions including huge soft indoor play centres and ball blasters so you won’t have time to get bored. Be organised and have a look at the map of this 30-acre theme park and pick attractions you want to visit before you get there.

Day 2 | Evening

After you’re done with all of the adventures, you can have your dinner at the park or if you prefer to dine somewhere else, we recommend you check out Fox and Hounds which is just 2.7 miles away. If you’re too tired to eat out you can cook something up yourself at Lavender Cottage – the choice is yours.

Product Information

  1. Southwell Holiday Cottage

    Southwell, Nottingham

    Address

    7 Park Terrace, Nottingham Road, Southwell, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0LQ

    Tel:

    07813 465071
  2. Address

    The Minster Office, The Minster Centre, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD

    Tel:

    +44 01636 812649
  3. The Refectory

    Southwell

    Address

    Church Street, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0HD

    Tel:

    01636 815691
  4. Address

    2 Queen Street, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0EH

    Tel:

    0115 9589312
  5. The Workhouse

    Southwell

    Address

    Upton Road, Southwell, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT

    Tel:

    01636 817260
  6. Fox and Hounds

    Blidworth

    Address

    Calverton Road, Blidworth Bottoms, Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, NG21 0NW

    Tel:

    01623 792 383

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Southwell Holiday Cottage (53.07457,-0.95776)Southwell Minster and Archbishop's Palace (53.07759,-0.95489)0.35
Southwell Minster and Archbishop's Palace (53.07759,-0.95489)The Refectory (53.07652,-0.95348)0.14
The Refectory (53.07652,-0.95348)Bookwise - Southwell (53.07832,-0.95344)0.18
Bookwise - Southwell (53.07832,-0.95344)The Workhouse (53.08136,-0.93851)0.95
The Workhouse (53.08136,-0.93851)Fox and Hounds (53.08685,-1.12058)10.97
Total Distance *12.58 miles
Estimated Journey Time24 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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