Steeped in history, Newark is a bustling market town in the heart of the East Midlands. With a castle to explore, two fascinating museums, including the UK’s first dedicated English Civil War exhibition, one of the biggest and best antiques fairs in Europe and the mythical Sherwood Forest on its doorstep, the town makes the most of its heritage. With so much to see and do, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Newark. There are plenty of modern facets, as well, including a long-running music festival, some superb bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants, and a buzzing theatre and sports scene. Plus, our Newark hotel is perfectly placed to take in all the action on the edge of the town centre.
Things to do in Newark
In the heart of Newark, St. Marks Place is an open-air shopping centre full of high street brands like M&S, Clarks, New Look, Trespass and more. Not only the best place to head for shopping in Newark, the inter-connected cobbled streets are also a great place to explore the town and grab a coffee on the way.
At the northern edge of Newark, and less than a mile from our Newark hotel, the Northgate Retail Park is a purpose-built shopping centre with hundreds of free car park spaces. It is home to big-name brands such as TK Maxx, Carpetright, Currys, Pets at Home and Homebase.
Less than 30 miles from East Midlands Airport, Newark is handily placed for domestic and international travel. The airport is a major terminal for the region with nearly five million passengers flying through each year to Spain, Iceland, Germany, Italy, France and dozens of domestic destinations.
You can take the Skylink train connection and then catch a bus from Nottingham to Newark, which takes around two hours, or you can drive the 45-minute journey. There are various car rental companies available from the airport, alongside 24-hour taxi services from Arrow Cars. Alternatively, make your travel even easier by staying overnight at one of our hotels near East Midlands Airport.
With three platforms and regular connections to London, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Hull, Newark North Gate Train Station is the main train hub and is located less than a mile from our Newark hotel. The second station in town, the Newark Castle Station, is part of the Nottingham to Lincoln line which connects to Leicester and Matlock.