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Things to do in Southwell

Just a couple of minutes walk from The Stables and less than a mile from Cedar Place, is Southwell's famous Minster.  The history of this area goes back to Roman times, with the remains of a Roman Villa being found close by.  Work on the Minster as we know it today was started in 1108.  A must see is The Chapter House, which is home to the world renown stone carvings known as The Leaves of Southwell.

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Owned by the National Trust who continue to invest in and improve the visitor facilities, the Workhouse offers a unique look into the past and what life was like for the poor people of the area.

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Great range of independent shops & cafes

Southwell is well known for having a wide range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants where you can find all kinds of unusual treats!  The Tourist Information Centre is found in our library on King Street and offers leaflets on many local attractions.

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In the grounds of the Minster stands the Archbishop's Palace, partly ruined from the conflict in the Civil War.  The surviving part was restored in the Edwardian era and you can admire the fabulous vaulted ceiling in the State Chamber, following in the footsteps of historical figures such as King Charles I and Cardinal Wolsey.  The gardens surrounding the Palace provide a tranquil space to relax in.

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One of the country's busiest racecourses, with racing all year round and a packed fixtures list.  Keep an eye out for their special events too, such as family fun days and free racenights!

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Southwell Memorial Park

Home to a play area for younger children, another for older more adventurous children, an outdoor gym, the local tennis, football and bowling clubs - there's a lot going on in one of the town's loveliest green spaces, just a short walk from the Minster!

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There's so much to do in Southwell itself that you might not want to leave!  A few of our favourite things are shown on this page but this is by no means all that our town has to offer.  Save some time to explore our many walking trails, relax in a variety of cafes and restaurants and have a wander round our lovely local shops!