Newark upon Trent Travel Guide

  • River Trent & Newark Castle
    River Trent & Newark Castle
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  • Dry Dock, Newark Upon Trent
    Dry Dock, Newark Upon Trent
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  • Ossington Coffee Place
    Ossington Coffee Place
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Newark upon Trent Things to Do

  • Market Place

    We were in Newark on one of its market days. We had a brief stop admiring the spacious cobbled market place and the surrounding medieval and Georgian buildings. The notable feature is the Palladium style Town Hall.

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  • Dry Dock

    Currently the largest inland dry dock in the country. There was a lot of activity the past where barges were built here though not as many today. Private owners and British Waterways still carry out work on the dock.

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  • Old Town Pump

    We came across this old town pump on our wanders. The pump bears Newark's civic heraldic coat of arms symbolising Newark's riverside location. The motto on the coat or arms translates 'Trust God and sally'.

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  • Former Newark Egg Packers Industrial...

    We came across this industrial unit. The building was split into two sections, one section was for packing and storing and the other one was a provender mill and a bagging plant for poultry feeds. Today it's worded as Thorpes Warehouse.

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  • Trent Bridge

    The bridge was built in 1775. This bridge replaced a wooden bridge which has been too low and narrow for river traffic to pass upstream to Nottingham. Modifications were made in 1848 and in 1952 to accommodate passengers with a walkway for the new station nearby (opened in 1846) and to protect passing vessels and walkways in 1952.

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  • Town Hall

    John Carr, an architect, from York, designed the Palladian style town hall and was built in 1774 in a pale grey local stone. Noted on the rooftop balustrade is statues of a lion, a unicorn and justice - symbols of the British Empire. The town's museum and art gallery is housed in the building. Further information about Newark Town Hall...

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  • Town Hall (Museum & Art Gallery)

    John Carr, an architect, from York, designed the Palladian style town hall and was built in 1774 in a pale grey local stone. Noted on the rooftop balustrade is statues of a lion, a unicorn and justice - symbols of the British Empire.The town's museum and art gallery is housed in the building. Further information about Newark Town Hall Museum...

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  • Old Town Pump

    We came across this old town pump on our wanders. The pump bears Newark's civic heraldic coat of arms symbolising Newark's riverside location. The motto on the coat or arms translates 'Trust God and sally'.

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  • Newark Castle

    Newark Castle was built in the 12th Century by the Bishop of Lincoln. It was originally built in timber but rebuilt in stone at the end of the Century. Following the English Civil War in the 17th Century it was dismantled. Anthony Salvin, an architect, and Corporation of Newark restored the derelict castle during the 19th Century.The castle is...

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  • Market Place

    We were in Newark on one of its market days. We had a brief stop admiring the spacious cobbled market place and the surrounding medieval and Georgian buildings. The notable feature is the Palladium style Town Hall.

    more
  • Trent Bridge

    The bridge was built in 1775. This bridge replaced a wooden bridge which has been too low and narrow for river traffic to pass upstream to Nottingham. Modifications were made in 1848 and in 1952 to accommodate passengers with a walkway for the new station nearby (opened in 1846) and to protect passing vessels and walkways in 1952.

    more
  • Former Newark Egg Packs Industrial Unit

    We came across this industrial unit. The building was split into two sections, one section was for packing and storing and the other one was a provender mill and a bagging plant for poultry feeds. Today it's worded as Thorpes Warehouse.

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  • Dry Dock

    Currently the largest inland dry dock in the country. There was a lot of activity the past where barges were built here though not as many today. Private owners and British Waterways still carry out work on the dock.

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  • The Longstone Bridge

    The purpose of the bridge is to carry, by stream, the tow path. This takes in the main flow of water which the locks downstream block it most of the time. Across the bridge there is a head of water for the mill and millstreams on the right, in the past, served the waterwheels.

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  • Newark Historic Riverside Trail

    During out visit to Newark we did an interesting Historic Riverside Trail. We started near the castle Grounds and finished in them. It took us approximately 1.5 hours which we took in the sites by the river and its banks upstream from the River Trent.The sites on the trail include a number of buildings which served in the past Newark's River Trade.

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  • River Trent

    Newark has revolved around River Trent and its Devon tributary. Before canals and railways, the river served as the main transportation for goods going long distance which subsequently led to the seas for transporting good to other countries.Newark was a centre for riverbourne commerce especially wool. The river was once a busy inland port which...

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  • The Corn Exchange

    Henry Duesbury designed the Corn Exchange which was built in 1847. The building is a memorial to the successful trade of grain particularly barley - used for brewing and malting.The building was a social point for traders to meet up with one another socially as well as for business.

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  • Ossington Coffee Place

    Charlotte, Viscountess Ossington, arranged to have a new cafe (or coffee tavern) built and this opened in November 1882. The aim is to have an alcohol free establishment along with the public houses in the town. The coffee house was a charitable concern in supporting the Newark Hospital with Viscountess Ossington as their first...

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Newark upon Trent Restaurants

  • One of Newark's pubs.

    I only went into one pub, and this was it.The Hobgoblin is on the main Market Square, in an timber-framed building.Inside there are proper blackened beams, and a flagstoned floor, and wooden tables.It serves real ale (Wychwood).The Camra guide suggests it caters mainly for younger people, and certainly the television and loud music inside gave that...

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  • Books, coffee, sandwiches.......CAKE!

    Strays is a rather good bookshop, and has a cafe attached.Long and thin, with newspapers available to read, it is clearly very popular with locals. There is a small courtyard area with tables (and a gazebo/tent thing too, because it is the UK and one can never be sure of the weather).There is a wide variety of sandwiches and panini available, good...

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  • Excellent value!

    This is a friendly restaurant that operates from 9.00am until 5.00pm. It serves an all-day breakfast and light snacks (sandwiches, jacket potatoes, etc.), teas/coffees. However, the real plus is that during the times when the Palace Theatre (on the opposite side of the street) has performances, it offers a pre-theatre dinner. This is a set menu of...

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Newark upon Trent Transportation

  • Train hub

    Getting to Newark is easy by train since it is along the main line between London and the North of England. Not all main line trains stop here, but enough of them for you to be spontaneous. They stop at Newark North Gate which has a top part of the station along the main line, and a crossing line to for instance Lincoln a bit further down some...

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  • 2 Rail stations

    My Grandfather was (I think I am right in saying this) a signalman in Newark during the Second world war. As such he no doubt had a very responsible job to manage the main line connecting Edinburgh to London and the local lines that stop closer to town at the 'Castle Station'.Newark Northgate is on the main line, and that means there are loads of...

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Newark upon Trent Shopping

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    ambience interiors: My wife told me to write this tip

    by sourbugger Updated May 5, 2014

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    My wife says this shop is excellent. There was also a natty little little coffee/ tea shop at the back.

    I normally try and close my eyes in such places and put myself in a different 'mind environment' until she who must be obeyed says it is time to leave.

    On the other hand, my 2-year old son thought the place was great for two reasons :

    1) He thought it was called 'ambulance'

    2) The lady in the shop gave him a little chocolate egg.

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Newark upon Trent Local Customs

  • Eating Habits

    by JHChrist Written Jul 21, 2006

    It has been my observation that the people of Newark Upon Trent have a strange fascination for what they call 'Sweet Meats'. I sampled some of this local delicacy in one of the many Pubs in the Market area and was pleasantly surpised by both the taste and the texture of the meat. It was indeed sweet and had the texture and consistency of slightly undercooked fillet steak.

    I tried to discover what this 'sweetmeat' actually was but, everytime I asked someone, I would be met with either a blank expression or a shrug of the shoulders. So, I removed a small piece and gave it to my wife who happens to work for the forensics department of our local Police force. Imagine my surprise when i was told that this 'sweetmeat' was actually the young and tender flesh of the locally inbred children of Newark!

    Naturally, I assumed that this discovery would necessitate a huge Police operation in Newark but, weeks passed and there was no word, nothing in the papers...silence. Eventually, I confronted my wife about it. She simply said "Well, the police don't want to interfere darling, it seems that crime rate has halved. Keeps the number of chavs & the pikeys down too."

    I had to agree. So, If you visit Newark anytime soon, I suggest you do the community a favour and try some of the local sweetmeat

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Newark upon Trent Warnings and Dangers

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    The Demon drink

    by sourbugger Written Apr 3, 2007

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    Like most mid-sized town throughout England, there is a culture of heavy drinking on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Newark is no exception. It's not Mansfield (best avoided at all times) but the town centre is liberally packed with bars and pubs to keep the local populace happy.

    I like the story of the 'Ossington Coffee house' - built 1882. This splendid building was built on the Great North Road opposite the Castle. The Great North road now by-passes the town, but the building remains. The owners thought they could tempt local farmers away from the 'Demon drink' - but to no avail. Rather ironically the building now houses (in part) a pub that is mentioned in the local good beer guide !

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Newark upon Trent Off The Beaten Path

  • Church door.

    It would be easy to miss this. The only reason I spotted it was because I tried to get into the church through the street-facing door (access is actually at the side).An ancient wooden door, the western entrance to st Mary Magdalene (the unmissable church in the centre of Newark).....and look how someone in the far-distant past has, very...

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  • Half-and-half font

    The font in St Mary Magdalene is very odd.It dates originally from the 15th century (1400s) but was damaged during the English Civil War (1642-1649). In 1660 a local tailor, Nicholas Ridley, paid for it to be repaired.This resulted in the figures having their original 15th century clothing on their lower halves, and typical mid-1600s clothing on...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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