Southwell Travel Guide

  • Plaque on the home of the first Bramley Apple tree
    Plaque on the home of the first Bramley...
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  • Saracen's Head Hotel
    Saracen's Head Hotel
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  • Near the mother Bramley
    Near the mother Bramley
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Southwell Things to Do

  • A walk around Southwell

    A lovely town to explore by foot. Among the many things to see are: Southwell Minster Cathedral. A church has stood on the site of Southwell Cathedral since 956 but the building of the present church began in 1108. The Saracen's Head dates from the 15th century and is worth at least a look inside, or better still a pint, cup of tea, or an overnight...

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  • Southwell Minster - The Village...

    Southwell Minster is also known as the Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As it is the seat of the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, it is a Cathedral, but like York, it maintained the historical honorary title of Minster. In Southwells case, it came about from being a collegiate, where clerics lived in communal dwellings,...

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  • Annual Folk Festival

    This 3 day music festival is held in mid-June and has all you would expect from folkies...crafts, workshops, open-mic sessions,street theatre, 40 real ales and cider etc. If you buy a ticket there are 3 stages and camping but lots of events take place around the town if you want some free entertainment.

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  • Visit the Workhouse Museum

    The National Trust have restored the huge Victorian building and claim it's the best preserved workhouse in England. It's on the edge of the town and is not well signposted so ask in the tourist info for directions (next to the minster)! It's a pity it doesn't get more visitors as workhouses are an important part of England's social history. (Read...

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  • Take a Walk

    Dr Beeching is probably responsible for the creation of the "Southwell Trail" which leads you along the old railway track to Bilsthorpe (nearly 8 miles away). We got sick of being in a green 'tunnel' after a mile or so so...maybe at Kirklington?? ...we left the path by a huge millhouse, then followed the River Greet back into town...passing a...

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  • Lord Byron

    Yet another of Byron's familyhomes! I think this maybe a museum too but anyway it is an elegant Geargian buliding and overlooks a gorgeous, leafy green. The cute police station (best posting in Nottinghamshire??) and former Victorian prison are just next door.

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  • Old-Fashioned Sweet Shop

    The nostalgia factor of seeing rows and rows sweetie jars definitely make the goodies taste better! The shop has been on the site since the 1930's.Paper bags of chocolate limes ( a Friday evening treat when I was little) and Gray's teacakes are always on my shopping list. The shop also sells chocolates, milkshakes and icecream.

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  • Taste of beer and freedom

    Have a drink (or stay the night) at the Saracens Head Hotel. King Charles stayed here (then The Kings Head) at the start of the Civil War and again the night following his final defeat of 1646. The building is Elizabethan with Georgian, and more modern, additons. If you stay the night in the Bramley suite then you'll have the privilege of seeing...

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  • Can you find the boar or the Green Man?

    The minster is beautiful inside and out. It's most famous for it's carvings of leaves, heads and animals....seems quite pagan especially with several green men hiding in the undergrowth. There is also part of a roman mosaic that may have once been the floor of the saxon church. Besides the carvings my favourite thing to show visitors are the fish...

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Southwell Nightlife

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    by raquelitalarga Written Oct 20, 2008

    This pub won awards a couple of years ago under different management. It is on the edge of the town heading toward Southwell racecourse. It has a charming courtyard beer garden and is quirky inside.

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Southwell Local Customs

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    by raquelitalarga Written Oct 16, 2008

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    Southwell is the location Mr Matthew Bramley 'discovered' the apple in his garden in 1856 and apparently the tree is still fruiting. If you are British you will be familiar with the fruit as great for pies and crumbles!! Nearby to the Bramley house is the Bramley Apple pub, there is a community newspaper called the Bramley and Southwell even holds an apple festival!

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