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Newark was once an important inland port on the mighty River Trent. Today, exploring the 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 the old buildings have been converted into cafes and there are locks, bridges and boats to discover too.

General information

Address: Tolney Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BZ

Visit time: 1hr - 2hrs

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

Parking: There's a public pay & display car park on Tolney Lane

Toilets: Public toilets are available

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Dog Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking


Newark Castle valiantly watches over this stretch of the mighty River Trent. The castle has quiet garden areas with seating and there is access to the castle's walls and dungeons. There is a bandstand that plays host to seasonal concerts. Visit http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle/ for more information

Spot a boat

There is a good chance you'll spot some boats


  • The Castle Barge

    Famous Floating Public House Situated On The River Trent Next To Trent Bridge In The Shadows Of Newark Castle

  • Navigation Waterfront

    A lovely converted grain warehouse with a good view of the river front

  • Just Beer Micropub

    They claim to sell the best beer in Newark!

  • The Moorings

    Restaurant on the banks of the River Trent

  • Pizza Express

    Pizza restaurant on bank of River Trent

Boat trips

  • Newark Line River Cruises

    Daily afternoon public cruises from Easter to October. Departing from Cuckstool Wharf, Castlegate cruising upstream through Town Lock and past the villages of Farndon, East Stoke and Fiskerton - depending on duration

Picnic spot

Lovely picnic spots include the park and the castle grounds, there are also a few benches to sit on


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks

The river is a great place to kick back and see how many different types of water bird you can spot in five minutes