Newark, or to give it its full name Newark-on-Trent, is a historic town in Nottinghamshire.
It stands on a strategically important site, where the Fosse Way and the Great North Road cross beside the River Trent.
Newark Castle was owned by the Bishops of Lincoln, and built in the 12th century. It was here that King John died, during a thunderstorm, in 1216, shortly after his disastrous expedition across the Wash.
The castle is now in ruins, but these are spactacular and form a superb river frontage.
The Market Place is one of the largest in the country, and is surrounded by ancient coaching inns and the Town Hall, built by John Carr.
St. Mary's Church, largely 15th century, can be seen for miles, as its soaring spire dominates the skyline.
The Gilstrap Centre, beside the castle, has a very interesting museum showing the development of castle and town, and also houses the Tourist Information Centre.
The riverside is popular for walking and for boat trips.
There is a well-known Showground just outside Newark, where famous antiques fairs are held.
Among those born at Newark are publisher George Allen; England rugby player Dusty Hare; and actor Donald Wolfit.
The early works of Lord Byron were published at Newark, and Walter Scott makes his heroine stay the night in the town in "Heart of Midlothian".
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Newark for groups.