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Southwell is arguably one of the prettiest towns in Nottinghamshire. The stunning Southwell Minster is a splendid cathedral with one of the finest Norman naves in Europe and only a stone’s throw from the narrow high street and beautiful pubs.
The town played its own role in the English Civil War. King Charles I spent his last night as a free man in Southwell in May 1646, when he stayed in the Saracen's Head. It is also said that Oliver Cromwell later stayed there too. King Charles surrendered to the Scottish Army based at Kelham. Many of Southwell's historic buildings and landmarks suffered during this period, with the Archbishop's Palace and Southwell Minster bearing scars from the conflict as Oliver Cromwell's troops destroyed monuments and graves for lead and other valuable materials. At the end of the war, only the Great Hall still stood in the Archbishop's Palace.
The town is internationally renowned for its Bramley Apple heritage. It is here that the apple was first propagated more than 200 years ago from the garden of a cottage on Church Street. Every year people gather in the picturesque market town to celebrate the UK’s favourite cooking apple, at the Bramley Apple Festival.
There are plenty of things to do, attractions to see and places to visit. You'll also find a range of hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering holiday cottages in and around Southwell should you want to stay over in this quaint town.
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