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A Review of Newark...
Newark is a small market town nestled away in Nottinghamshire,mainly known for its historic castle and market place (Roman cobble originally laid but has been took up,stones blunted and flattened to make it safer to walk on.....damn health and safety!!)Newark is a historic market town and the buildings that lace the market square date back to many eras.
They are interesting and beautiful to look at and I feel that many people dont realise what splendid architecture there is to see.
On the edge of the market stands the buttermarket aka the Town Hall,inside you will find a few shops and just recently the council has bought back small carts that are available to rent.Around the christmas period the inside of the buttermarket is beautifully lit.
Of course a visit to Newark cannot be without a visit to the splendid Newark Castle.The remains of the castle stand next to the river making the perfect view.(ideally located next to the Newark Castle train station)For the history of the castle and how it once stood tall visit the gilstrap centre located next to the castle entrance.If you would like a more varied insite into Newark a visit to Millgate Museum is worth a trip...easily within walking distance.The entrance to both museums if free although Millgate is the better one and has a coffee shop,art gallery upstairs and pretty big gift shop area....plus its located next door to a small pub with riverside views.
In the summer there are small runs along the river on the *cruise boat* its about a fiver per person for a 2 hour ride.Well worth the money!
As well as the usual shops and beautiques the market runs most days and you can easily grab yourself a bargain.
For those of you that know the name of Newark for the antiques fair(just on the outskirts of Newark,largest in Europe,Also we have brownhills....largest caravan shop in Europe!!)Newark has plenty of antiques shops on the outskirts.If you want a scenic day out and historical is your thing then Newark is the place to go!
Ideally located on the A1 and main train line !!
p.s. The Parish church that stands in the Market place was hit by cannons in the civil war.....can you spot where??!!
Newark on Trent, known locally as simply Newark, is a town in the east of the county of Nottinghamshire. As the name implies, it sits on the River Trent, and is a mix of olde-worlde history and modern conveniences.
Ideally situated for transport links, Newark is very close to the A1 and also hosts main link roads to Lincolnshire to its' east, and the west of Nottinghamshire. There is also a main route to the city of Nottingham which is around 15 miles away. Bus services to all these places run frequently from Newark town centre.
Newark town centre has a range of the usual chain stores combined with some smaller local shops - there are several little cafes and delicatessens, as well as more expensive boutiques for clothing and gifts.
There is no main indoor shopping centre, as all the shops are arranged in an open air precinct around the main market square. The old town hall, also on the market place, is known as 'The Buttermarket' and this houses small shops and stalls. It is also the home of what is now Newarks' only public toilet, unfortunately. Some of the buildings around the market square date back to the 1600's.
The market runs every day of the week, selling a mixture of fruit and veg, clothing, gifts, pet supplies and all the usual fare. One day a week is flea market day, at my last visit this was a Tuesday, but is subject to change.
Newark has a Morrisons supermarket in the middle of the town, and a Waitrose on an out of town development. As far as I know, this is the extent of the supermarket provision in the area: It is a matter of personal opinion whether you feel it's positive or negative that a town this size doesn't yet have a Tesco or Asda!
Other than shopping, Newark is quite good for sightseeing: Newark Castle stands on the banks of the River Trent and is a really interesting afternoon - there is also a museum attached called the Gilstrap Centre.
During the summer months, various festivals are held on the park that is alongside the river, which are free to enter and always a nice atmosphere.
Places to eat tend to be the usual fast food or little cafes, although further out of town there are a couple of pubs that provide food.
Further along the river, on a street called Millgate, there is another museum, and in my opinion this is better than the castle: Free to enter, activities are laid on for children in school holidays, and it is full of artefacts about local life and history. Some rooms are also given over to art exhibitions, so there is always something new to see there.
Just outside here, you can if you wish, take a pleasure boat cruise along the River Trent. Costing around £10 per person for a couple of hours, this can be a really relaxing and enjoyable way to spend some time, and the scenery is lovely. (There is a bar on board, always a bonus).
One place the boat takes you to is Farndon, a short distance along the river from Newark - Here there is a really nice pub/restaurant and picnic tables outside on the river bank, well worth a trip down there on a summer evening.
Overall, Newark on Trent is an interesting place, but it is a small town, so it's not for people looking for the big city experience! (or even a big town experience, come to think about it!).
However, in summertime, it does get it's fair share of tourists on the history trail, and it's worth a day out there if you are in the area.
Come take in the wealth of history, interesting buildings and museums.