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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 caravan parks - such as New Hall Farm Touring Caravan Park,  in and around Southwell should you want to stay over in this quaint town. For more local information on Southwell, check out the Visit Southwell website.

Browse through the categories below if you're planning a visit to Southwell.

    • About Southwell

      About Southwell

      Find out about Southwell with details about the town including a selection of images and map together with details of what's nearby.

    • Bramley Apple

      Bramley Apple

    • Things to do

      Things to do

      Browse through all the nearby things to do with National Trust sites, family farm parks, theatres and more.



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    From cosy log cabins in the heart of Sherwood Forest to luxurious hotels with spa facilities, Nottinghamshire has a great selection of accommodation. Take advantage of these special offers to make your stay even more enjoyable.

    From: Thursday, 1st January 2015

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017

Things to Do Highlights...

The White Post Farm Centre

The White Post Farm Centre

As East Midlands Visitor Attraction of the Year 2005 the White Post Farm Centre can provide a...

Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster

FREE admission, donations welcome. (There is a suggested donation of £5 for adults and £3 for...

The Workhouse

The Workhouse

Winner of the Regional Final, Enjoy England Excellence Awards (Visitor Attraction of the Year...