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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.


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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. Plus, there is a bandstand that plays host to seasonal concerts.

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

  • The Navigation

    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!

  • Pizza Express

    Pizza restaurant on bank of River Trent

  • The Water’s Edge Bar & Kitchen

  • The Lock Keepers Coffee House & Bar

Boat trips

Picnic spot

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.


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