Getting to the Festival

Plan Your Visit

Newark is easily accessible from all over the UK by train, bus and car. Plan your travel to Newark Book Festival this year.

Historically, Newark became a prominent town on the UK map by the time of the Civil Wars because of its prominent geographic position.

Located halfway between London and York, on the Great North Road, and being a safe point to cross the River Trent, it made the ideal stronghold. Today, its excellent rail and road connections make it the perfect place to explore on either a day trip or longer visit.


Travel By Train

Newark has excellent rail links with two train stations serving the town, both just a short walk to the town centre and approximately 15 minutes’ walk from each other.

Newark Northgate station is on the LNER East Coast mainline from London to Edinburgh.

Newark Castle station is on East Midlands Railway’s Nottingham – Lincoln line.

Approximate train travel times from the following cities are:

  • 30 minutes from Lincoln
  • 45 minutes from Nottingham and York
  • 1 hour from Leeds and Sheffield
  • 1½ hours from London
Newark Diversity Umbrellas

Travel By Bus

Newark Bus Station is in the town centre, located on Lombard Street.

Visitors planning their journey by public transport can contact Traveline for information about routes and times:

Traveline Phone Enquiries: 0871 200 22 33

Travel By Car

Newark is well located next to the A1, M1, A46 and A17 with the following towns and cities less than a two-hour drive away:

  • 30-40 minutes from Lincoln, Nottingham and Doncaster
  • 1 hour from Derby, Leicester and Sheffield
  • 1 ½ hours from Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Leeds, Hull and York.



Parking in Newark

Newark has a range of parking options including provision for blue badge holders, designated motorbike bays and charging points for electric cars. There is coach parking available in an accredited, secure coach park close to the town with two central drop off and pick up points in the town centre itself.

Festival Venues & Map

Discover which venues across Newark are part of the festival this year, and find out more about how to get there, their access and accessibility, and other helpful information about your visit to the Newark Book Festival.

Newark Book Festival Venue Map 2024

Need a place to stay?

Search for hotels, self-catering holiday homes, B&Bs and even dog friendly accommodation on the Visit Newark website