National Civil War Centre
temporary closure

29 October 2020

Newark and Sherwood will move into Tier 3 restrictions from (and including) Friday 30th October, which means that the National Civil War Centre will be closing its doors until these restrictions relax again.

We are contacting all customers who have a pre-booked visit as a matter of urgency. These customers will have a choice between a full refund or an account credit to allow them to rebook at a later date.

Whilst we will miss welcoming our visitors, we continue to make a fantastic range of online resources available free of charge. You can access puzzles, crafts, quizzes, games and more at our page.

We look forward to seeing you all soon, but in the meantime, please keep up to date with information and guidance from Newark and Sherwood District Council's Coronavirus Information page.

21 October 2020

Café Nineteen20 at the Palace Theatre Newark is inviting visitors to experience teatime through history. Organised in co-ordination with the National Civil War Centre’s Learning & Participation Team, these Time Travelling Teas will welcome visitors to sip their way through the centuries every first and third Tuesday of the month.

Update: 29th October 2020

Due to Newark and Sherwood's move into Tier 3 restrictions, the Time Travelling Tea due to take place on 3rd November will now not go ahead. We are looking into proceeding with the event on 17th November subject to offering a more substantial food element and will advise customers in due course.

15 October 2020

This Halloween half term, enjoy free entry to the National Civil War Centre for any visitor who arrives in full costume*.

13 July 2020

More than 100 days after closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newark’s National Civil War Centre is getting ready to open them again. From Wednesday 15 July, this national attraction will once again be offering a fascinating insight into this significant time in British history, as well as Newark’s past. The Centre will re-open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 3pm. Until 31 August 2020, entry to the National Civil War Centre will be free to Newark and Sherwood District Council residents and half price for all other visitors. Car parking, in District Council owned car parks, continues to be free for up to two hours until the end of August 2020.

5 September 2019

On Thursday 5 September 2019, the doors were opened to a brand new exhibition titled The World Turned Upside Down at Newark's National Civil War Centre.

14 June 2019

There are huge changes afoot at the National Civil War Centre as we 'turn our museum upside down' to open two exciting new exhibitions.


18 April 2019

Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will decend on the historic town of Newark this early May bank holiday as the town turns the clock back to the mid-17th century for the 5th Annual Pikes and Plunder Civil War Festival.

10 December 2018

This Christmas, ticket holders to Aladdin can get an extra dose of festive family fun for just one pound at the National Civil War Centre.

23 November 2018

Fresh from their success at the Sandford Award ceremony at the Tower of London on Monday, the National Civil War Centre’s Learning Team is learning a new skill to share with their visitors:  how to load and shoot a musket. 

20 November 2018

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money for the purchase of two nationally important rings for the National Civil War Centre's collection.

2 August 2018

‌‌‌The National Civil War Centre is on the hunt for Newark’s next master spy! Aspiring secret agents up to the age of 14 are being asked to design glorious gadgets fit for a super spy for the chance to win a prize package full of espionage essentials, including your own walkie talkies, a message decoding kit and an annual pass for a family of 4 to the museum!

1 March 2018

The National Civil War Centre has announced the second of its new temporary exhibitions, which will open this month.

1 March 2018

A powerful replica cannon called Barak – thought to be the biggest of its kind in the world – is set to appear at the spectacular 4th Pikes and Plunder Civil War festival in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 6 and 7 May.

6 February 2018

As the country marks one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act 1918, the National Civil War Centre is delighted to announce that the first of its new temporary exhibitions will honour this centenary.

17 January 2018

The National Civil War Centre has been celebrating since achieving full accreditation as a nationally-styled museum from Arts Council England.

18 October 2017

Put on your scariest paws, claws and jaws for the chance to win a beast of a prize.

7 August 2017

The National Civil War Centre is seeking the country’s top mad scientists up to the age of 14 to design a ground-breaking, world-changing invention!


13 June 2017

The throaty roar of Brough motorbikes will be heard at the National Civil War Centre to recall the extraordinary life of Lawrence of Arabia.




19 May 2017

A spectacular horde of heavy duty armour worn by soldiers going into battle to fight for King or Parliament has been acquired by the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

16 May 2017

Archaeologists from the University of Central Lancashire are near the end of a major two week dig near Newark to investigate a 370 year old relic from the British Civil Wars.

20 April 2017

Re-enactors will fight pitch battles and stage living history displays in Newark over May Bank Holiday for the 3rd Pikes and Plunder event

13 April 2017

A unique original copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Lawrence of Arabia  – bearing the hand written editing marks of its celebrated author – has gone on general display for the very first time at the National Civil War Centre.

15 March 2017

It was the biggest battle fought on English soil with over 40,000 soldiers desperately fighting for their cause on a summer's evening.

23 February 2017

Over 300 civil war re-enactors will descend on Newark, Nottinghamshire, during early May Bank Holiday as the clock is turned back to the mid-17th century.

13 February 2017

The National Civil War Centre in Newark is to host the UK's top military history conference this summer.

24 January 2017

A rare copy of a book that propelled King Charles I to martyrdom has been acquired by the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

10 January 2017

Over 300 civil war re-enactors will descend on Newark, Nottinghamshire, during early May Bank Holiday as the clock is turned back to the mid-17th century.

5 January 2017

Sleek and black with gleaming nickel plating it's the unlikeliest hit exhibit at the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

26 October 2016


He has been called a charlatan and fantasist – but a new exhibition lends credence to the account Lawrence of Arabia gave of his own extraordinary exploits in the desert.

What emerges according to one expert is the re-rehabilitation of a war hero.

4 August 2016

Chiefs at the National Civil War Centre in Newark are looking to recruit more volunteers to work at the rapidly expanding attraction.  Volunteer guides, room stewards and helpers have become a vital part of the £5.4m centre's operation, garnering universal praise on tourist review sites for their knowledge and enthusiasm.Some are history fans, whilst others simply love meeting people from across the world.

24 March 2016

What was the deadliest siege of the epic 17th century British Civil Wars? How many were there? A research team has toiled for months to find the answers and now a fabulous and first ever siege interactive has been unveiled at the National Civil War Centre in Newark. Some 300 sieges are included spanning the devastating wars that killed six percent of the English population and many more in Scotland and Ireland.

Clicking on a map you can discover what happened and who won. With so many sieges there is bound to be one near where you live.  A claim for the deadliest siege of all is the attack on Bolton in 1644 by Prince Rupert - the subsequent sacking of the town led to a massacre and the death of over 1,000 people, including many townsfolk.

Also in the top ten most destructive sieges are those at Colchester, Leicester and Wexford.

17 March 2016

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Surgeons who could remove a bladder stone in 50 seconds, military hospitals run with stern hygiene standards and a complex system of war pensions for the maimed, widowed and orphaned. Hardly sounds like the mid-17th century, but a new exhibition on medicine and welfare in the British Civil Wars will open eyes on what experts believe was a ground-breaking period.

3 February 2016


It has all the ingredients of a fantastic Hollywood blockbuster - gold smuggler, spy master and lover of a King! But this a true story -  which makes it even more surprising that most of us have never heard of Jane Whorwood, surely one of the most amazing women to emerge during the British Civil Wars. Now the National Civil War Centre plan to change that with fascinating and colourful family events on 13 and 20 February.

12 January 2016

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The National Civil War Centre has revealed details of a major event to mark the 370th anniversary of the fall of Newark during the British Civil Wars. Re-enactors from across the UK will descend on the town on 1 and 2 May.

6 January 2016

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Do you have a mystery object that could be an historic treasure? Now you are can find out by coming along to the National Civil War Centre in Newark on Saturday 23 January where a finds roadshow is being staged by experts including Alastair Willis, Nottinghamshire Finds Liaison Officer.

10 December 2015

Christmas is Cancelled Bauble

The National Civil War Centre is marking Yuletide by sitting on the fence. The museum will open throughout the festive period apart from Christmas Day and New Year's Day to offer visitors the perfect holiday day out in Newark.‌