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Places Of Interest In Newark On Trent, A Taxi Drivers Choice

Newark-on-Trent stands on the banks of the River Trent.

This picturesque market town has a long history. 

Newark Castle has had a major  influence on the town.  A castle was first built here in 1068 but the current ruins (representing only 20% of the original building) date from the 12th century. The grounds were landscaped in 1887, with the ruined castle as a romantic backdrop.  This magnificent site (open from 9.00 am – dusk with free admission) is often used as a venue for concerts and festivals. 

Newark’s wide market place is overlooked by its elegant Georgian Town Hall and the cathedral-like St Mary Magdalene, the finest parish church in Nottinghamshire.  A farmer’s market is held in the town on the fourth Thursday of every month.

In recent years Newark has become famous for its six annual antiques fair, held in the Newark County Showground.

Places of interest in the town include the Millgate Museum and Newark Town Treasures & Spotlight Art Gallery.  Nearby attractions include the Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum at Winthorpe, the Vina Cooke Museum of Dolls & Bygone Childhood and the Laxton Heritage Museum and Laxton Visitor Centre.

Newark Castle Castle Gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1BG

Became a fortified castle in the 12th century, restored and rebuilt in the 13th century as a  fortified mansion. Henry VIII took the castle and it remained in royal hands. In the Civil War it was besieged by the Parliamentarians,  and it was subsequently dismantled and by 1649 a ruin. 
Open: daily Castle by Guided tour only Tel: 07971 486324 Grounds free of charge            

St Mary Magdalene Market Place, Newark NG24 1PY

The cathedral-like St Mary Magdalene is the finest parish church in Nottinghamshire. One of the largest churches in England, its 252 ft west tower dominates the market square and can be seen from miles. The spire dates from 1230, while the rest of the church was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. Collection of silver plate, coffee shop and bookshop.
Open: 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-16:00, Mon-Sat, plus Sun afternoon.Tel: 01636 706473                  

Millgate Museum Navigation House 48 Millgate Newark NG24 4TS

In a former Victorian oil seed mill and warehouse, a picturesque setting on the banks of the Trent. The museum illustrates the agricultural, industrial, social and domestic life of Newark from the 19th century to the 1950’s. Features a printer and bookbinder at work and a recreated pre-war cobbled street with a tobacconist, baker and pharmacy and domestic interiors. Temporary exhibitions by local artists.Linked to Newark Castle by a riverside walk.
Open: Tue-Sun and Bank Holidays: 10:30-16:30 (last admission 16:00)  Closed 25-26 Dec and 1 Jan.Tel: 01636 655 730                    

Newark Town Treasures & Spotlight Art Gallery Newark Town Hall, Newark NG24 1DU

The Grade I listed Georgian Town Hall was erected in 1776, in 1999 the Town Hall opened as a museum. Collections represent 400 years of local government in Newark, paintings, furniture, ceremonial silver and civic gifts. Rooms open include the Mayor’s Parlour and the Ballroom. Spotlight Gallery has a programme of temporary exhibitions by local artists and groups.
Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-16:00 and Sat 12:00-16:00. Closed Bank Holidays Tel: 01636 680333                   

Newark Museum Appletongate, Newark NG24 1JY

Tells the story of Newark’s early history and its role in the Civil War in the 17th century.
Open: Now closed.Tel: 01636 655740                  

Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum  The Airfield, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY

Located at the former World War II airfield at Winthorpe, the largest volunteer-managed aviation museum in the UK.  70 aircraft and cockpit sections from the history of aviation. Transport, training and reconnaisance aircraft, helicopters and a range of jet fighters and bombers. Collection of aero engines, displays on the history of RAF Winthorpe, small artefact and photography displays. Shop.
Open: Mar-Oct: 10:00-17:00; Nov-Feb: 10:00-16:00  Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan  Tel: 01636 707170                    

The Vina Cooke Museum of Dolls & Bygone Childhood  The Old Rectory, Great North Road (A1), Cromwell, near Newark NG23 6JE

In a late-17th century Dower house and former rectory, this museum has a collection of dolls, toys and costumes from the 18th century to the present day. Dolls’ houses, prams, books, games, railway models, christening robes and various domestic artifacts. Vina Cooke’s handmade character and portrait dolls are also on display. Dolls’ Hospital. 
Open: daily 10.30 am – 5.00 Please telephone before visiting Tel: 01636 821364                    

Walks of Life Heritage Centre 33 Lincoln Road, Tuxford, Newark NG22 0HR

North of Newark on the A1 A small museum witha unique collection of old trade handcarts. Exhibits include a knifegrinder’s cart, milk cart, East End costermonger’s barrow and an undertaker’s bier.
Open: Apr-Oct: Wed, Sun and Bank Holidays,14:00-18:00 Tel: 01777 870427                    

Besthorpe Nature Reserve Besthorpe Village

From the Newark to Gainsborough road ,A1133, take the southern of two turns into Besthorpe Village. Car park and entrance to reserve at the end of Trent Lane. The 86 hectare reserve is on the site of gravel workings on the east bank of the River Trent. 2 areas: Besthorpe North, to the north of Trent Lane, and Besthorpe South, to the south. Besthorpe has open water, reed beds and important grassland – ideal habitat for a range of birds including the sedge warbler, willow warbler and whitethroat, wildlife such as crested newts and wild plants including orchids.
Open: daily.Tel: 0115 958 8242

If you require a taxi to visit any of the above attractions you can call: Fozcabs 01636 700 700


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