At Holdens of Newark we are very proud of the historic market town that has been home to the Holden family for many years now.

It is for this reason that we have put the pages together about our town and just some of its many facilities.

We want to encourage our customers to spend more time, not only in our unique store, but also in our unique home town.

There is plenty to see and do in Newark, whether you are a local resident or a first time visitor.

We hope you find the brief information pages useful in planning your day out in Newark but if we can help you any more please contact us at the store and we will do our best to help and advise you.

One of the most famous and prominent features of our town is the Castle. It is located on the banks of the River Trent at the entrance to the town centre opposite the entrance to Holdens of Newark. Newark Castle has had a major influence on the town. A castle was first built here in 1068 but the current ruins (representing only 20% of the original building) date from the 12th century. The grounds were landscaped in 1887, with the ruined castle as a romantic backdrop. This magnificent site (open from 9.00 am - dusk with free admission) is often used as a venue for concerts and festivals. Newark is home to the finest parish church in Nottinghamshire. The Church of St Mary Magdalene is one of the largest parish churches in the country seating 2,000 people and is often described as cathedral like. The church can be found overlooking the market square and is less than a 5 minute walk from Holdens of Newark and visible from one of the rooms in Number eleven Castlegate.

Newark’s wide market place is also overlooked by its elegant Georgian Town Hall. Newark Town Hall has housed the Mayor and the Town Council since it was built in 1776. Nowadays the Town Hall is regularly used for functions such as weddings and balls. In September 1999, the Town Hall became a registered museum, opening up access to the Grade 1 listed building and its treasures. The treasures on view to the public today include a fine collection of paintings, furniture, ceremonial silver and civic gifts which represent four centuries of local government in Newark. The Town Hall is normally open from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. on Saturday but do check before making a special journey. If museums are of interest to you there are many to choose from in Newark.

Newark Millgate Museum is a casual ten minute walk from Holdens of Newark and is home to all sorts of memorabilia of Newark. The museum has fun education activities for children and fascinating exhibitions including streets, shops and rooms in period settings. Admission is free and it is well worth a visit for the whole family.

Newark Air Museum, situated on the outskirts of the town on the A46 towards Lincoln, displays 70 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. These include transport, training and reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters and a diverse selection of jet fighters and bombers.

The Gilstrap Centre, located on Castlegate within the Castle grounds, includes an exhibition 'Castle and Conflict' on Newark’s historic castle and the civil war, 1642-1646. The Tourist Information Centre is located in the Gilstrap Centre.

For those who enjoy walking there is plenty to see and do along the riverside. Starting at the castle there is Riverside Park, a new development which is now home to a childrens play area and café. Carry on down past the castle along the Riverside Walk towards the Millgate Museum and you will reach Newark Lock and Town Lock Park and Sensory Gardens.

The Sensory Gardens are the perfect place to relax, with the sensory seated areas, piped classical music and water feature. This area has been designed especially for people with visual impairment but can be enjoyed by all.

Take a relaxing boat trip along the Trent on one of Newark’s river cruises which operate throughout the summer and on bank holdays.

Some useful links:

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Newark Town Council
Newark Business Club
National Express
East Midlands Trains