National Civil War Centre

Visit the National Civil War Centre

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

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Open all year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. When Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a normal opening day (Tues to Sat), we are open until midday. 

Temporary Closure - 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th October

Due to urgent conservation works needed in our beautiful historic building, the Centre will be closed on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th October. We are extremely sorry for the timing of this during half term but our amazing Learning team have jumped into action and will still be offering family activities in our Learning Space just behind the reception and café. Café Nineteen20 and the Palace Theatre Box Office will remain open as normal. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for all our planned half term fun including our Eerie-on-Sea Monster Museum Trail and Big Draw activities.

Admission

Admission is now FREE for Newark and Sherwood residents.

For other visitors, entry is £8 for adults and £4 for children.

Discounts

English Heritage members receive 30% off admission.

 

Our events

Find out more about upcoming events and book for our Discovery Days on our events page.

Social Stories: What to expect on your visit to the National Civil War Centre

The below video shows what the experience of visiting the museum is like so that any family members who have concerns or are wary of new environments can be put at ease. It also highlights the accessibility of the museum.

Audio Tour

An audio described tour of the museum is now available. This can be downloaded before your visit and used with your own phone or tablet, whether you have a visual impairment to help you find your way around the museum and enjoy the exhibitions, or if you would just like some extra information about some of the objects on display.

Download the tour here:  National Civil War Centre and Newark Museum Audio Tour (MP3 File, 28,179kb)

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.