Founded in the 12th c. by the Bishop of Lincoln, the ancient ruins of Newark Castle sit on the banks of the River Trent. A Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War, the castle was partly destroyed by sieges and painstakingly restored in the 19th c. Today the castle is an impressive reminder of the town's history, and boasts a wealth of architectural features which make it well worth a visit. Guided tours of Newark Castle run all year round, and last about an hour. Uncover the castle's underbelly on its dungeons tour, or discover more about the history and architecture of the castle on the tower tour, which involves climbing the 77 steps to the top of the gatehouse for a spectacular view of the River Trent. In summer months join a Civil War tour to learn about the sieges and surrender of the castle under Oliver Cromwell.
While visiting Newark Castle, make sure to visit the nearby market town of Newark with its bustling markets. Trading since the 12th c., markets are held five days a week and offer everything from antiques to fruit, leather goods, rugs and baked goods. The Saturday market is the most popular, drawing in crowds of locals and tourists alike.
Newark town is located just off the A46 and A1, 15 miles from Lincoln. To find Newark Castle, follow signs posted around the town centre. Parking is available at Town Wharf, Livestock Market and Castle Station.
To round off your visit, why not dine at one of the many restaurants around Newark Castle? Go dine's index of places to eat near Newark Castle offers you menus, photos and customer reviews of everything from French to Thai cuisine. Once you've decided which of the restaurants near Newark Castle you'd like to eat at, you can book a table online for free with us. If you're looking to explore the rest of Nottinghamshire, our regional pages list the best restaurants in Southwell, Gunthorpe and Mansfield.
Did you know King John, most well-known from the legend of Robin Hood, died at Newark Castle in 1216?