About 20 minutes from Southwell is Newark with its 12th Century castle - a listed monument. It stands proudly besides the River Trent, where you can enjoy a relaxing boat trip - a lovely way to see more of the area!
No visit to Nottinghamshire would be complete without a walk in Sherwood Forest to see the Major Oak and Robin Hood statue! This country park and nature reserve is home to abundant wildlife, great walks, a visitor centre, cafe and arts and crafts centre. Sherwood Pines is also nearby and offers cycle and walking trails as well as Go Ape, segways, outdoor play areas and more!
Another wonderful place to visit nearby is Rufford Abbey. Originally a 12th century Cistercian Monastery, you can take a walk around the lake, sample the shops and cafe and there's also the opportunity to try your hand at archery and adventure golf. Don't forget the fabulous adventure play area!
Former home to Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey is a monastic abbey from the late 12th century and is a romantic and very interesting place to visit. Enjoy looking round the beautiful interior and the fabulous gardens to get a sense of what inspired one of our greatest poets. With a cafe, shop and a play area for the youngsters - there's something for everyone!
Bound to be a firm favourite with younger members of your group, this is a great wet or dry day option! There are two huge indoor play areas with lots to do as well as an outdoor water park, play areas, rides, refreshments, a maze, boats and even animals and birds of prey to visit. One day might not be enough!
We're very lucky to have a wide range and choice of wonderful places to visit within a short drive of our holiday homes in Southwell. Here are a few of our favourites that can all be reached in around 25 minutes or less!
Places to visit in Newark & Sherwood
These are just a few ideas of things to do in the area but there is so much more, including Thoresby Park, home to some wonderful crafts people and lovely walks, White Post Farm, perfect for children and Newark Air Museum which is a great rainy day option. A little further afield you'll find Clumber Park and Belton House (both owned by the National Trust) and Creswell Crags with its prehistoric caves and cave paintings. You'll find many more ideas for great days out in the information folders at our properties!
If you're coming by train, the nearest station is at Fiskerton but it's probably best to use Newark, as it's a larger station and you can get a taxi more easily from there (we always recommend pre-booking your taxi). It's about 20 minutes by car from Newark to Southwell. Here's a link to help you plan your journey:-TheTrainline.com