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!
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm.
Open all year except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Open until midday on Christmas Eve.
(Please note we will be closed until 12.30pm on Friday 27th August for a school visit)
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.
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.
At the ticketing desk, all visitors must leave their name and a contact telephone number. This is to support the NHS test and trace service. The National Civil War Centre will hold your data securely for a period of 21 days after your visit. If, during that time, the test and trace service needs to contact visitors from a particular day, the National Civil War Centre will pass your name and contact telephone number to them. If, during that time, no contact has been received from the test and trace service, the National Civil War Centre will destroy your data.
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.
All visitors (excluding children under 11 and those with medical exemptions) will be required to wear face coverings throughout the museum and Cafe Nineteen20 (except when eating or drinking). For up to date guidance regarding face coverings, please visit www.gov.uk/facecoverings
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, .
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
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.
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.