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Things to do in Newark

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Campground
“Sherwood Forest is a royal forest in Nottinghamshire, England, famous by its historic association with the legend of Robin Hood. We are 10 minutes drive from this”
  • 35 locals recommend
Church
“The heart of the diocese of Nottingham. Home to a beautiful minster and the Archbiship's palace.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Farm
“Feed the animals and enjoy the interesting species of reptiles and great selection of Farm Animals. Let the children let off steam in the playground while you enjoy a well deserved coffee. Lots of family fun.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Visit the famous ruins of Rufford Abbey and historic grounds, and enjoy the gift and craft shops, tea room and restaurant.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“A lovely viewpoint by the river Trent the castle offers history lovers an insight into Newark’s rich history, being the place of King John's death in 1216. During the summer months bring a deck chair and a picnic and maybe catch one of the Sunday afternoon brass band concerts with performances from bands from all over the country. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“They do amazing food,defiantly worth going!Also, it is only a 10 minute walk”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Outdoor activity day with lots of cycling paths available, go ape, woodland walks, outdoor play areas. Cafe on site.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Southwell Racecourse offers a unique blend of charm, excitement and comfort, making it one of the premier sporting venues in the East Midlands. With racing on both All-Weather and Turf tracks taking place throughout the year, whether you're a seasoned race goer or a novice, we are sure to have a raceday for you! Situated just 7 miles from Newark, 15 miles from Nottingham, 16 miles from Mansfield and 23 miles from Lincoln and set in 145 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside, Southwell Racecourse is a stunning location that has been steeped in history since its very first race meeting, on 16th May 1898.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Set in beautiful parkland, Rufford Abbey offers over 870 years of history, from its origins as a 12th century cistercian monastery to its period as a Jacobean era family home.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Spend a few hours here unravelling the hisorty of politics and the Civil War,where history really does come to life. Well worth a visit.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“ Newark Air Museum website. The air museum is located on part of the former World War Two airfield of RAF Winthorpe, close to the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border. Aviation heritage has been at the centre of our historical site for more than forty five years. Our aircraft, helicopters, aeroplanes, aero engines and aviation exhibits are sited partly on leased land next to the Newark Showground and land that we own. Very little remains of the original wartime buildings and what remains of the original runways are no longer fit for us. There is also a cafe on site and various events throughout the year. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park is a 30 acre family theme park and water park in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, England. The park includes two large indoor play centres, a farm and a water park, all included with admission.”
  • 7 locals recommend
History Museum
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“This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute. Now operated by the National Trust, the stories of those who lived and worked here in the 1840s help bring the building to life and prompt reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the ages.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
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“Great for a walk around the lake at any time of the year - you can hire a bike by the hour ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cinema
“Small local cinema showing current movies. Costa Coffee on the premises and easy parking”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Historic Newark pub packed with atmosphere. Good food. Interior full of historic character. Small outside terrace.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Freshly prepared cuisine, served in a friendly atmosphere. Open daily, offering breakfast menu, a two course lunch menu, as well as lite bites throughout the day up until 3pm. Dinner menu is served Thursday to Saturday from 6pm. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Riverside Pub and Restaurant. Good food and hosts. Easy walk. Outside Terrace where on a sunny day you can watch the river activity and let life drift by!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“This restaurant has a terrace with stunning views of Southwell Minster. Good food and wine available.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
“Fabulous icecream parlour on a local farm. The ice cream is made with milk from their herd of Friesian cows. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“A lovely destination for a quiet cycle ride - the reward a wonderful menu and beers in this independent country pub.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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