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A wide stretch of the River Trent flows past an old mediaeval castle


Newark was once an important inland port on the River Trent and, today, exploring its lovely old riverside buildings provides a great family day out.

The River Trent was a major working river until after the Second World War. At Newark, cargo, such as wool, coal, grain, and timber, was unloaded on the wharves and stored in warehouses. Many of these buildings have been converted into cafes, while the old locks and bridges continue to serve new boats.

Nearby, Newark Castle valiantly watches over this stretch of the River Trent. Visit the Castle's quiet garden areas or venture through the castle's walls and explore its dungeons. Keep an eye on the Castle's events to catch a play or concert at the bandstand.

Things to see and do

  • Address

    Tolney Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BZ

  • Opening times

    The towpath is always open.

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing.

  • Toilets

    Public toilets are available.

Getting here

  • By car

    Postcode: NG24 1BZ

    There is a public pay & display car park on Tolney Lane.

  • By train

    Newark Castle station is a few minutes walk from the riverside. From here, you can stroll along the towpath to Newark Town Lock.

    Newark North Gate is a 15-minute walk from the lock.

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