Crown Jewel of Nottinghamshire

17th August, 2015 | Article By Newark TIC

Often referred to as “the jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown” Southwell is located only 6 miles from Newark-on-Trent. This picturesque town pronounced ‘Suth’ll’ by most visitors and ‘South-well’ by most residents, offers a wealth of attractions and specialist shops.  You will also find excellent eating places and the historic Saracens Head hotel, where King Charles I spent his last night of freedom.

The spectacular Southwell Minster with its twin pepper-pot spires has a Norman Nave that is one of the finest in Europe. The 13th century Chapter House displays medieval stone carving known as ‘The Leaves of Southwell’.  Take some time to discover the wonders of this Norman Cathedral.

The Cathedral hosts a variety of events throughout the year, the next one being the Southwell Music Festival 27th – 31st August. Now in its second year the classical music festival offers a variety of performances and events in the Minster and around the town over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Archbishop’s Palace and the recently created Education Garden are an exciting new visitor attraction adjacent to Southwell Minster. The Palace dates from the 14th Century and its famous occupants have included Cardinal Wolsey and Charles I.  The State Chamber now hosts wedding receptions, exhibitions, conferences, social gatherings and community events.

On the edge of the town is the National Trust property The Workhouse.  Built in 1824 it is the best-preserved workhouse in England and was used by homeless families as recently as the 1970s.  Find out what life was like for the Victorian Poor as you explore the building.

Did you know Southwell is the home of the Bramley Apple? First cultivated in Southwell over 200 years ago the original tree still bears fruit annually in a private garden on Church Street. There is an annual festival in October to celebrate the Bramley Apple in Southwell.

If you visit for the day or for a longer stay, you will find something to delight or entertain you. Keep up to date with events at

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