National Civil War Centre
We are now COVID-secure. Find our new procedures and book your entry slot here.

Visit the National Civil War Centre

Now reopen!

A dad plays dress up with one of his young daughters as the other is engrossed by an interactive in the main Civil War gallery

The National Civil War Centre invites you to explore one of the most fascinating times in UK history, sweeping you into a remarkable story of superstitions, serious sibling rivalry and seismic change which has affected the country we live in today. See the realities of 17th century life through the eyes of people who lived it in our stunning galleries and bring the whole family to enjoy a fantastic range of interactives including our much-loved dressing up cupboard!

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Opening Hours

Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Open all year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Open until midday on Christmas Eve.

Admission

2021 Admission

£8 adults, £7 concession, £4 child (5 – 16 years).

Admission is currently half price for all Newark and Sherwood residents. 

From Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October only, admission is FREE for the Newark Fun Palace. Find out more about what's on during the weekend on our Events page.

English Heritage members receive 30% off entry.

 

We are COVID-19 Secure

Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been monitoring government guidance and have been making changes to ensure the family friendly Centre is COVID-secure. When you visit, you'll see some changes to the way we operate to ensure social distancing is maintained and to protect both your safety and that of our team.

To ensure a safe and socially distanced one way route through the museum we have removed a few interactives. However, we have replaced some of these with new exhibits and information as well as offering a brand new trail that highlights some of our most fascinating objects as it guides you around the museum. This ensures that your visit will still offer an array of fascinating information about both the Civil War and the history of Newark. 

Download the new trail here: Star Object Trail (PDF File, 238kb)  

You can also pick up your own paper version on your visit.  Large print versions available on request.

Important information to read before visiting

  • We ask that you do not enter the building if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or high temperature (click here for symptom list). Instead, please follow NHS self-isolation guidance and reschedule your visit to a later date. 
  • We are operating a pre-booking system with timed entry slots.  We recommend you book and pay prior to visit online here.  If you do not wish to book online, you will be allocated the next available slot and may be asked to return in a short while.
  • You will be asked to use hand sanitiser or wash your hands upon entry and before proceeding through the building. There are regular sanitising stations around the building, including near computer screens and other interactives.
  • If you wish to wear gloves, you will be asked to put a clean pair on when you enter building after you have washed or sanitised your hands. Face coverings can be worn. If you do wear gloves and/or face coverings please take your used ones home with you.
  • On entry, please use the spaced floor stickers both in reception and outside as social distancing guides. If there are none free within reception, please queue behind the lines outside.
  • Please pay by card if you are able to.
  • There is signage throughout the building and we ask that you take time to read this and follow this guidance on your journey through the museum.
  • The toilets are all located in individual rooms complete with their own hand basins.  There is a further separate accessible toilet and baby change facility available as well.  Lift access throughout the building will be open to those who need it only. The toilets and museum (including all interactives) will be cleaned hourly.  A deep clean of the Centre will happen daily.
  • Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings during their visit but this is not a requirement.

Video Tour

We understand that some visitors may not have left their house much over the past year so we've created a short video, below, to guide you through all the measures we have in place to keep you safe. You can also see some reactions from volunteers, staff and their family and friends who came along to our soft re-opening, .

Getting Here

Newark became such a prominent town on the UK map by the time of the Civil Wars partly because of its prominent geographic positioning. Halfway between London and York, on Great North Road where it was safe to cross the River Trent. Today, with excellent rail and road connections, it is easier than ever to visit Newark.

National Civil War Centre
14 Appletongate
Newark
Notts
NG24 1JY

For any other details regarding your visit, please contact civilwarinfo@nsdc.info.

By Car

Newark is well located next to the A1 and A46.
If using satellite navigation (satnav) please enter the postcode NG24 1JY

• 30 - 40 mins from Lincoln, Nottingham & Doncaster.

• 1 hour from Derby, Leicester & Sheffield.

• 1 ½ hours from Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Leeds & Hull.

Parking

The National Civil War Centre is in a great location within just a few minutes walk of two large car parks. Appletongate Car Park (NG24 1JR) is just across the road from the museum and London Road Car Park (NG24 1TN) is a short distance further, both being in easy reach of the A1 and A46. There is on-street blue badge parking directly outside the National Civil War Centre.

A drop off point for cars and coaches is available just outside the museum entrance with coach parking available just a few minutes drive away, on the edge of town.

More parking info can be found here.

By Bus

Newark Bus Station is on Lombard Street, in the town centre (7 mins).

By Rail

East Coast Mainline - Newark Northgate Station
Newark Castle Station

• 9 mins walk from both stations

• 30 minutes from Lincoln.

• 40 – 45 minutes from Nottingham and York.

• 1 hour from Leeds and Sheffield.

• 1½ hours from London.