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

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 5pm.

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



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

English Heritage members receive 30% off entry.

Battlefields Trust members receive 20% off admission.


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.

All of our interactives are now back in action as well as a new trail that highlights some of our most fascinating objects as it guides you around the museum.

Download the trail here: Star Objects Trail 2022 (PDF File, 403kb)

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 have any symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or high temperature (click here for symptom list).  
  • We are operating an optional pre-booking system with timed entry slots.  We recommend you book and pay prior to visit online here.
  • There are regular sanitising stations around the building, including near computer screens and other interactives which you are invited to use.
  • Face coverings may be worn. Please respect the choices of other guests.
  • 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. The toilets and museum (including all interactives) are regularly cleaned.

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
NG24 1JY

For any other details regarding your visit, please contact

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.


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.