No visit to Newark is complete without a walk around the atmospheric ruins of Newark Castle. Brecks Cottage Bed & Breakfast is very near to Newark and makes a perfect base when visiting this amazing ruin.
Newark Castle and Gardens are lovely, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War. The Castle has stood proudly on the banks of the River Trent for over 900 years.
Tour Newark Castle
Guided tours of the Castle are conducted by the Castle Warden every week. All tours last approximately one hour and tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children aged 3 and over, or £10 for a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children. The tours normally run on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Surfaced pathways in the castle and gardens allow suitable access for wheelchairs. During the visit, relax in the quiet garden areas and admire the picturesque views. Entertainment often occurs seasonally, with a bandstand for concerts available, and makes for a great day out.
Newark Castle and Gardens offer nearby parking, so it is easily accessible by car. It is also close to historic market places; Southwell market and Newark market, so why not visit the pretty market towns too?
Civil War Trail
One of the eight information boards for the Civil War Trail is located in Newark Castle gardens. The trail, which is accessed via an app, uses augmented reality technology, where pointing a smart device to a still picture triggers a video scene from the 17th century. The trail films – which can be witnessed at eight locations around Newark, including the National Civil War Centre – recall episodes from Newark’s pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars. To download the app go to the App Store or Android Google play.
In 2016, Newark Castle will be acknowledging the 800th anniversary of the death of King John, who died at Newark Castle on 18th October 1216.