Southwell is a historic Minster town in Nottinghamshire situated in the valley of the River Trent 5 miles to the west of Newark and some 15 miles to the east of Nottingham. The beautiful Minster Cathedral and the Old Bishop’s Palace (partly ruined) are over 900 years old. The seat of the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is in the Arts and Crafts style Bishop’s Manor.
Getting to Southwell is straight forward – on the A617/A612 from the A1 at Newark, the A46 from Leicester or Lincoln or A612 from Nottingham. From the east and north-east the A617 from Mansfield and A616/A614 from Chesterfield are the main routes.
Parking: The central public carparks are on Church Street opposite the north aspect of the cathedral and by the Co-operative store off The Ropewalk. A smaller car park is off King Street. A short walk from the centre is a larger carpark off the A612 a hundred yards or so after entering Southwell from the Nottingham direction. This backs onto the Leisure Centre.
Public Toilets: At Church Street carpark, also the Library and the Leisure Centre.
Cash machines: Barclays, Westgate; Cooperative Store, The Ropewalk; Spar, King Street; M&S, at BP petrol station Easthorpe.
Petrol Station: The only one in or around Southwell is the BP station at Easthorpe on the A612 before leaving Southwell towards Newark.