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Nottinghamshire is a county with something for everyone – from the buzz of central Nottingham to the peace and tranquillity of the Nottinghamshire.  Stately homes, market towns, forest walks, fantastic shopping and Robin Hood, of course – Nottinghamshire has them all.

 

Nottingham is the jewel in the crown, with its castle, home of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham in the days of Robin Hood.  More unusual attractions include a huge complex of caves beneath a premier shopping mall, and the Galleries of Justice, an award-winning museum tracing the history of law and order down the ages.  Nottingham offers one of the top shopping experiences in the country, with everything from designer names such as Paul Smith and Hugo Boss to interesting and individual boutiques.  Take the tram through the piazza-like Market Square or sample the famous night life, including ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’, reputedly England’s oldest pub.

 

Sport in the city is well catered for with cricket at Trent Bridge, and tennis at Nottingham Tennis Centre.  Both venues host international competitions – the Test Match at Trent Bridge and the Nottingham Open, preceding Wimbledon.  The National Water Sports Centre is one of the largest providers of water sports in Europe with sailing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing and white water rafting all on offer. Alternatively try skating in the home city of Torvill and Dean at the National Ice Centre.

 

The heritage of south Nottinghamshire includes Wollaton Hall, a spectacular Tudor mansion set in a 500 acre deer park, and now home to a natural history museum, and Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron, also set in beautiful parkland and gardens between Nottingham and Mansfield.  Just over the border is Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, presiding magnificently over the attractive Vale of Belvoir and offering a superb day out for all the family.

 

Moving north, the heritage theme continues at Southwell with its Minster, the best kept secret among the forty-two English cathedrals, nestling in the heart of a Georgian village setting.  Nearby explore The Workhouse and its history by following in the footsteps of hundreds of paupers in the 19th century.

 

Newark, an historic market town with its castle standing proudly alongside the river Trent, has strong Civil War connections and one of the most beautiful market places in the country.  Take time to visit the nearby Air Museum, or the Showground when the largest antiques fair in Europe is in full swing.

 

Most famous of all, Sherwood Forest runs like a spine through the centre of the county.  It was here that Robin Hood and his Merrie Men lived as outlaws.  Today you can still walk through the forest to find Robin Hood’s tree, the Major Oak, and the visitor centre with its displays of Robin Hood’s life and times, plus the important natural history of this National Nature Reserve.

 

Not far away is Sherwood Pines where you can tackle ‘Go Ape’, an adventure course set over 40 feet up in the treetops.  Also in the area try archery, go-karting, and paintball or just hire a bike to experience the forest close up.

 

Sherwood Forest adjoins the tract of countryside known as the Dukeries covering the ducal estates of Welbeck, Thoresby and Clumber.  Welbeck now offers an innovative art gallery, farm shop and garden centre.  Thoresby has an exclusive retail and theatre complex set in the old stables, and Clumber offers almost 4000 acres of unspoilt countryside for walking, biking and relaxing.  Also in the area are the caves with the earliest paintings in Europe at Creswell Crags, an educational experience set in an impressive glacial valley.

 

Further north still is the Pilgrim Trail, an historic romp in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers, the founders of modern day America.  Alternatively take a step back into the more recent past at Mr Straw’s House preserved at Worksop, or visit the spectacular snowdrop display at Hodsock Priory.

 

Children are well catered for throughout the county with The Tales of Robin Hood at Nottingham, the White Post Farm Centre, Wonderland Pleasure Park and Sundown Adventureland, a theme park especially for the under tens, amongst others.

 

There are plenty of opportunities for top quality refreshment and local food on your travels.  Ollerton Mill Tea Shop has been voted the best tea shop in the UK (by the British Tea Council), ice cream from Thaymar at Bothamsall is served in Harrods and Tuxford Windmill still grinds flour when the wind blows, and does an excellent tour to show you how.  Take home fresh local produce from the award winning Gonalston Farm Shop or visit one of the many farmers’ markets throughout the county.

 

After your trip, you can rest assured that you can unwind in the tranquil surroundings of a Nottinghamshire farm, where traditional hospitality and personal service are guaranteed. 

Links

Tourist Information:                Nottingham:             Tel: 00 44 (0)8444 775678

                                                 Mansfield:                  Tel: 00 44 (0)1623 463026

Newark:                        Tel: 00 44 (0)1636 655765

Ollerton:                        Tel: 00 44 (0)1623 824545
 
Retford:                        Tel: 00 44 (0)1777 860780

Sherwood Forest            Tel: 00 44 (0)1623 824490

Southwell:                        Tel: 00 44 (0)1636 819038

 

Transport Links:              Nottingham Travel Guide

Cycle Hire                        Tel: 00 44 (0) 1623 822855 (Sherwood Pines)

                                                River Cruising            Tel: 00 44 (0) 115 9100400 (Princess River Cruises)

 

 

Galleries of Justice

 

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground

 

Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle

 

Major Oak, Sherwood Forest

 

Sherwood Forest

 

Clumber Park

 

Creswell Crags

 

Southwell Minster

 

Rufford Abbey

 

Holme Pierrepont

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire's ancient forest creates a magical setting for walking, touring & exploring the myths and realities of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.  Adventure on high wires, cycle around the lakes, walk with the "Giants" and see the Great Oak, there is so much more to Nottinghamshire

cycling in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

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