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National Civil War Centre Newark

National Civil War Centre Newark Museum, Appleton Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1JY
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A visit to The National Civil War Centre will plunge you deep into the heart of Britain’s deadliest conflict. Explore this richly dramatic era in British history, seeing stories of gunpowder, plague and plot as you walk through our fantastic galleries. Discover for yourself the clash between Roundhead and Royalist, brother and brother, and learn how a once all-powerful monarch lost his head to the axeman.

Visitors will uncover the causes, major conflicts and nationwide consequences of the British Civil Wars with expertly curated objects and analysis as well as a fascinating focus on life in a town besieged three times from 1643 to 1646.  

See defining moments of the 17th century play out before your eyes in our HD cinema and experience Civil War battlefield surgery in the award-nominated Battle Scarred exhibition where Roundhead Commander Sir Thomas Fairfax’s intimidating wheelchair sits on display.

Newark’s Civil War history spills out of the museum and threads through the streets of the town with the National Civil War Trail, an immersive augmented-reality experience that places you in the midst of a siege-torn town. Find yourself submerged in the action with high quality film clips on your smartphone or tablet as you follow a series of information boards in key locations. The trail starts at the National Civil War Centre and takes in Newark Castle, St Mary Magdalene Church and the historic Queen’s Sconce, an amazing sight and one of the last of its kind in the UK.

With real objects, digital interactives, large screen cinema and costumes and armour for all to try, the National Civil War Centre makes a great day out. And with a fantastic range of events throughout the year, from a monthly series of talks by experts in the field, to full scale re-enactments and themed family activities, you can keep coming back and enjoying more unique opportunities to learn about this extraordinary time.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£8.00 per ticket
Children£3.50 per ticket
Concessions£7.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Opening Times

National Civil War Centre Newark (1 Oct 2018 - 1 Mar 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* April - September 10am-5pm - October - March 10am-4pm

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Civil War Cannonball Hole on Newark Church, Newark

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Sleepy Hollow in The Tudor Hall at the National Civil War CentreEnjoy a unique cinematic experience this Halloween with a spooktacular screening of Tim Burton’s classic blood and bustles ghost story in the evocative atmosphere of the Tudor Hall.
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Thursday, 29 March 2018 - Thursday, 1 November 2018

Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy at National Civil War Centre, NottinghamshireShaking the Foundations: The Quest for DemocracyThe issue of suffrage has occupied the minds of politicians and scholars for nearly 400 years. Charting back to the Putney Debates of the 1640s, the National Civil War Centre's new exhibition, Shaking the Foundations: The Quest For Democracy, will travel through the Levellers, the Chartists and the...
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Thursday, 29 March 2018 - Thursday, 1 November 2018

Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War at National Civil War CentreCutting Edge: The Changing Tools of WarThe period between 1618 and 1651 saw transformations both in the roles of soldiers and in how they armed themselves. No longer did they want to be weighed down by heavy armour; instead the focus shifted to new, more sophisticated weaponry that was fit to equip the New Model Army, the country's...
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