Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Southwell has to be one of the prettiest towns in Nottinghamshire, famous for its beautiful cathedral with the most incredible naturalistic carvings of plants, animals and green men. Another claim to fame is that this is where the first Bramley Apple was propagated in the garden of a cottage near the church; consequently the Bramley Apple Festival is one of the annual events held in Southwell – another is the Southwell Music Festival. There’s a mix of shops and places to eat; The Old Theatre Deli serves amazing breakfasts and lunches and also does a fantastic line in luxury food boxes – afternoon tea, entertaining and graze boxes. The Hearty Goodfellow has a relaxed modern pub feel and gets equally good reviews.

Just outside of the town is The Workhouse and Infirmary, one of the best preserved Victorian workhouses in the country, and the Museum of Timekeeping where there’s an impressive collection of clocks, watches and books on the subject.

All information correct at the time of writing

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