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.
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
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. Plus, there is a bandstand that plays host to seasonal concerts.
There is a good chance you'll spot some boats
Famous Floating Public House Situated On The River Trent Next To Trent Bridge In The Shadows Of Newark Castle
A lovely converted grain warehouse with a good view of the river front
They claim to sell the best beer in Newark!
Pizza restaurant on bank of River Trent
Riverside Park and the castle grounds are both ideal for picnics. The sensory garden next to Newark Town Lock, cared for by local volunteers, is a lovely quiet spot too.
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The river is a great place to kick back and see how many different types of water bird you can spot in five minutes