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Planning your visit

Address: Tolney Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BZ View on Google map

Opening Times: Towpath open everyday

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

Toilets: Public toilets are available

Newark Town Locks with Explorers

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.

Nearby Newark Castle valiantly watches over this stretch of the mighty river. 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.

Things to do and see

Take to the towpath:

Places to eat:

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.

Wildlife spotting:

The river is a great place to kick back and see how many different types of water bird you can spot in five minutes. Check out our nature guides to see how many creature you can name.

Getting here

By car - there's a public pay & display car park on Tolney Lane.

By train - Newark Castle station is just a few minutes walk to the rverside and fo there you can stroll right along the towpath to Newark Town Lock. Newark North Gate is 15 mins walk to the lock.

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