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History Lovers Itinerary

History Lovers Itinerary

If you fancy yourself a bit of a history buff there’s a lot to check out in Nottinghamshire. Explore ruinous castles destroyed in the Civil War and quaint houses that have remained unchanged in a century, discover antiquated artefacts and stories of those who came before us in excellently maintained museums, or sleep and dine in historic settings.

This three day itinerary gives you a handy list with everything you need to plan your trip, including travel times, addresses, and links to the listing pages to find out more about the attractions. Be warned – there is a lot included here and you will have a jam-packed day if you want to include every attraction!

Please note: from this list we have omitted attractions relating to both Nottinghamshire’s literary history and the Robin Hood legend. If you are interested in these areas of the county’s heritage, please click here to browse our other itineraries.

To begin creating your itinerary, click the 'Add All Items to Itinerary' button and from there, you can either keep all the destinations in the pre-prepared list, or amend the itinerary by clicking on the places you are interested in. Don’t forget to check the listing to see if your chosen attractions are open on the day you are visiting.

You can then rename, email, or print the list so it’s always to hand. You can also save your itinerary to view on your mobile phone and tablet. 


Day 1 | North Nottinghamshire


Begin your day with a wander around the scenic ruins of Newark Castle. Standing on the banks of the River Trent for over 900 years, much of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War.

If that has piqued your interest, its time to head to the National Civil War Centre, an excellently maintained museum which documents this tumultuous era in British history with exhibitions for both children and adults.

After the museum if lunch is on your mind, Newark has some excellent eateries to try out. To carry on your historical theme, why not head to The Ram where you can enjoy real ale and elegant pub food? Just a few minutes’ walk away, this 18th century Georgian building was built on the site of a 15th century coach house. If you fancy something lighter or a coffee to revive you, we recommend hitting Stray’s Coffee Shop and a having a browse in their excellent Book Shop too!

Moving on to 20th century history, Newark is also home to The National Holocaust Museum a memorial and museum dedicated to honouring the victims of the Holocaust. Hear stories of the survivors and take in exhibitions that provide perspective on pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of National Socialism, the Holocaust survival and post-war justice. (Please note: this attraction is closed on Saturdays. There are some exhibitions specifically tailored to children, but some areas have age restrictions)

Looking for somewhere to stay in the north of Nottinghamshire? We recommend the quaint Dukeries Lodge in the pretty village of Edwinstowe. While you’re there, why not have a look around Saint Mary’s Church, an 800-year-old church connected to the Robin Hood legend.


Day 2 | North Nottinghamshire

Your second day in North Nottinghamshire takes you through the Victorian era to the 20th century. Please be aware that some of the attractions on this day are closed throughout the winter, so don’t forget to check the opening times before heading out!

The wonderful Museum of Timekeeping is open on Fridays between May and September, or through privately booked tours. This Grade II listed hall is a treasure house of horological delights features the General Post Office’s first Speaking Clock and the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated polar expedition of 1912. 

Just a three minute drive away is The Workhouse, an austere building which was pioneering in its design when it was built in 1824. Hear the stories of hard-up and hungry Victorians with regular living history events, tours and exhibitions. 

Back in Southwell town centre, food can be enjoyed at The Refectory, family owned tearooms located in the grounds of Southwell Minster serving up traditional British dishes.

If you fancy more sights from the past and don’t mind a drive, head to Mr Straw’s House 23 miles north of Southwell. This extraordinary time capsule of a house has remained virtually unchanged since Mr Straw and his family lived here in the 1920s.

As you head south towards Nottingham, stop off at the grand Papplewick Pumping Station. A feat of Victorian engineering, and exquisite in its aesthetic, visitors are taken aback by the sheer splendour of the stained-glass windows, elaborately decorated columns and polished mahogany and brass.

Arriving in Nottingham, if you’d like a historic location to rest your head, check out The Lace Market Hotel which has views of Nottingham’s oldest church, Saint Mary’s, and is conveniently located just opposite your first illustrious destination of Day 3.


Day 3 – Nottingham City

In and around the city there are lots of historical sites to explore, and everything suggested for this day is located within a 15 minute drive from the city centre. But the first stop is the National Justice Museum. With a riveting and bloody history dating back over 500 years, this labyrinthine building served as Nottingham’s gaol and prison for many centuries. Today they hold a great variety of events and tours, or you can take a wander around exhibitions detailing Nottingham’s grisly history of law and order. You can even dine in the old Police Station cells at the Michelin recommended Iberico World Tapas!

If you fancy digging really deep into the history of Nottingham, it is worth picking up a joint ticket for both the National Justice Museum and its affiliate museum, The City of Caves. Descend underground and discover why Nottingham developed a peculiar subterranean landscape featuring over 800 man-made caves.

After a lunch at the city’s beautiful Victorian music hall The Malt Cross, hop in the car and head to Nottingham Industrial Museum at the grand Wollaton Hall. Here you can discover the city’s rich history of textiles, transport, communication, mining and power. 

If you aren’t distracted by taking a stroll around Wollaton Hall’s beautiful grounds or going inside to admire Nottingham’s Natural History Collection, next up is The Framework Knitter’s Museum in the picturesque village of Ruddington, a 20 minute drive away. This unique collection of restored cottages and workshops demonstrates how many of Nottingham’s residents would have lived when the lace and hosiery industry was Nottingham’s biggest export.

Room for a little more? Before you leave book an appointment at the William Booth Museum, just outside of the city centre. Hear how The Salvation Army was conceived by Booth at his childhood home, which has been restored to appear as it would have in 1829. (Please note: this museum is accessible by appointment only – see listing for more details).

Product Information

  1. Address

    Castlegate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BG

    Tel:

    +44 01636 655765
  2. Address

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

    Tel:

    01636 655765
  3. Address

    19 Castle Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1AZ

    Tel:

    01636 940220
  4. Address

    16-20 Middlegate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1AG

    Tel:

    01636 701 554
  5. Address

    The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Acre Edge Road, Laxton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0PA

    Tel:

    +44(0)1623 836627
  6. Dukeries Lodge

    Edwinstowe

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    Address

    Main Street, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HS

    Tel:

    +44 (0)1623 822 553
  7. Address

    Church Street, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Notts, NG21 9QA

    Tel:

    (01623) 822430
  8. The Workhouse

    Southwell

    Address

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

    Tel:

    +44 01636 817260
  9. Museum of Timekeeping

    Upton, Newark

    Address

    Upton Hall, Main Street, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5TE

    Tel:

    01636 817 601
  10. The Refectory

    Southwell

    Address

    Church Street, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0HD

    Tel:

    01636 815691
  11. Address

    5-7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0JG

    Tel:

    +44 01909 482380
  12. Address

    Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG15 9AJ

    Tel:

    +44 0115 963 2938
  13. Lace Market Hotel

    Nottingham

    Address

    29-31 High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HE

    Tel:

    0115 948 4414
  14. Address

    High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

    Tel:

    0115 9582105
  15. Address

    High Pavement, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HN

    Tel:

    +44(0)115 952 0555
  16. Address

    The Shire Hall, High Pavement, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HN

    Tel:

    +44 115 941 0410
  17. City of Caves

    NOTTINGHAM

    Address

    High Pavement, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HF

    Tel:

    +44 (0)115 9881955
  18. Address

    The Courtyard, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 2AE

    Tel:

    +44(0)115 915 3936
  19. Address

    Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

    Tel:

    +44 0115 8763100
  20. Address

    Notintone Place, Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 4QG

    Tel:

    +44(0)115 979 3464

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Newark Castle and Gardens (53.07823,-0.81256)National Civil War Centre Newark (53.07658,-0.80661)0.39
National Civil War Centre Newark (53.07658,-0.80661)The Ram Bar & Brasserie (53.07746,-0.81155)0.31
The Ram Bar & Brasserie (53.07746,-0.81155)Strays Coffee Shop (53.07713,-0.81054)0.07
Strays Coffee Shop (53.07713,-0.81054)The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (53.19518,-0.95209)14.57
The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (53.19518,-0.95209)Dukeries Lodge (53.18988,-1.06226)6.64
Dukeries Lodge (53.18988,-1.06226)St Mary's Church Edwinstowe (53.19521,-1.06437)0.55
St Mary's Church Edwinstowe (53.19521,-1.06437)The Workhouse (53.08136,-0.93851)13.69
The Workhouse (53.08136,-0.93851)Museum of Timekeeping (53.08179,-0.90452)2.05
Museum of Timekeeping (53.08179,-0.90452)The Refectory (53.07652,-0.95348)2.99
The Refectory (53.07652,-0.95348)Mr Straw's House (53.31545,-1.11435)25.82
Mr Straw's House (53.31545,-1.11435)Papplewick Pumping Station (53.06298,-1.13148)25.32
Papplewick Pumping Station (53.06298,-1.13148)Lace Market Hotel (52.95097,-1.14412)11.25
Lace Market Hotel (52.95097,-1.14412)St Mary's Church Nottingham City Centre (52.9512,-1.14301)0.07
St Mary's Church Nottingham City Centre (52.9512,-1.14301)National Justice Museum (52.9508,-1.14392)0.07
National Justice Museum (52.9508,-1.14392)Iberico World Tapas (52.9509,-1.14508)0.07
Iberico World Tapas (52.9509,-1.14508)City of Caves (52.95077,-1.14589)0.05
City of Caves (52.95077,-1.14589)Nottingham Industrial Museum (52.94789,-1.21159)3.98
Nottingham Industrial Museum (52.94789,-1.21159)Wollaton Hall and Park (52.94778,-1.21095)0.04
Wollaton Hall and Park (52.94778,-1.21095)William Booth Birthplace Museum (52.95118,-1.13067)4.86
Total Distance *112.75 miles
Estimated Journey Time3.63 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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