About Southwell

This charming, small market town has many delights to offer the visitor. It is rich in historical and architectural interest and makes a great day out for the family. We are situated 13 miles from Nottingham on the A612 and 8 miles from Newark and the A1.

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Explore the magnificient Southwell Minster with its unique pepper-pot spires which dominate the town.

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“Rich in history, with wonderful acoustics and in a stunning location, Southwell Minster is one of the undiscovered jewels of the English countryside” Steve Knightley, Show of Hands.

Then stroll from there via one of Southwell’s leafy lanes to another gem – The National Trust Victorian Workhouse.

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The National Trust Workhouse

Meander from the Burgage to the shopping centre, King and Queen Streets and Bull Yard. Here you will find attractive shops, fine cafes and restaurants and inns of character. A striking black and white building, ‘The Saracen’s Head’, dates back to the 15th century. Here was where King Charles I spent his last hours of freedom, before surrendering to the Scottish Army, which was based at nearby Kelham during the English Civil War.

The Saracens Head Hotel is a historic, family run hotel in the heart of the town, which most famously accommodated King Charles I the night before he surrendered to the Scottish Commissioners during the Civil War.

The Saracens Head Hotel is a historic, family run hotel in the heart of the town, which most famously accommodated King Charles I the night before he surrendered to the Scottish Commissioners during the Civil War.

Southwell is also the birthplace of the famous English cooking apple, ‘the Bramley Seedling’. The apple was a chance seedling grown from some pips, planted in a garden down Church Street in the early 19th century. Local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather, was allowed to take cuttings and the world renowned Bramley Apple was in the making.

The shops on King St in the centre of town

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Market Place, in the centre of town

Explore the many green spaces aroung the town. Two of the Archbishop of York’s medieval deer parks still survive, one close to the Minster, now the War Memorial Park, and the other at Norwood Park on the ourskirts of the town. In addition there are a number of excellent garden centres on the edge of town. For those keen on racing, the celebrated Southwell Racecourse is located just outside the town.

In 1968 Southwell was designated a Conservation Area. In the town you will find an impressive number of houses of historical and architectural merit. By following one of the Heritage or Town Trails, you can view the superb Georgian houses in the Prebendage near the Minster as well as the fine mixture of buildings around the Burgage. One such, Burgage Manor, was where the young Lord Byron lived between 1804-1807, socialising with the local gentry, joining in theatricals and playing cricket.

The Gate to Southwell Minster

The Gate to Southwell Minster

Burgage Manor, once home to Lord Byron.

Burgage Manor, once home to Lord Byron.

Other interesting and useful websites:

Visit Southwell Tourist Information Centre at www.visitsouthwell.com, phone 01636 819 038 or email

Address:
Southwell Tourist Information Centre
The Minster Centre, Church Street, Southwell, Notts NG25 0HD

For Accommodation Lists visit www.visitsouthwell.com  or alternatively there are plenty of options at www. trivago.co.uk

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For local news and what’s going on around town visit our local Bramley Newspaper, or the entertaining Southwell Scoop blog.

www.bramleynewspaper.co.uk

www.the-scoop.co.uk

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Other websites to check  out:

www.southwellminster.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/workhouse

www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk

www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/tourism