This charming, small market town has many delights to offer the visitor. It is rich in historical and architectural interest and makes a great day out for the family. We are situated 13 miles from Nottingham on the A612 and 8 miles from Newark and the A1.
It forms a perfect backdrop to the festival when the main street is closed on Saturday, for our morris procession, and the pubs play host to fringe performances by some of the festival bands.
Explore the magnificent Southwell Minster with its unique pepper-pot spires which dominate the town.
“Rich in history, with wonderful acoustics and in a stunning location, Southwell Minster is one of the undiscovered jewels of the English countryside” Steve Knightley, Show of Hands
Then stroll from there via one of Southwell's leafy lanes to another gem - The National Trust Victorian Workhouse.
Meander from the Burgage to the shopping centre, King and Queen Streets and Bull Yard. Here you will find attractive shops, fine cafes and restaurants and inns of character. A striking black and white building, 'The Saracen's Head', dates back to the 15th century. Here was where King Charles I spent his last hours of freedom, before surrendering to the Scottish Army, which was based at nearby Kelham during the English Civil War.
Southwell is also the birthplace of the famous English cooking apple, 'the Bramley Seedling'. The apple was a chance seedling grown from some pips, planted in a garden down Church Street in the early 19th century. Local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather, was allowed to take cuttings and the world renowned Bramley Apple was in the making.
Explore the many green spaces aroung the town. Two of the Archbishop of York's medieval deer parks still survive, one close to the Minster, now the War Memorial Park, and the other at Norwood Park on the ourskirts of the town. In addition there are a number of excellent garden centres on the edge of town.
Other interesting and useful websites:
Southwell Tourist Information Centre
The Minster Centre, Church Street, Southwell, Notts NG25 0HD