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Rural Notts

In Notts We Love The Countryside

If you want to escape the busy city lifestyle and get away from the stress of everyday life, then fear not because within a few short miles of Nottingham you can admire hidden spots of scenic beauty, search out local tastes and delights and spot inspiring English wildlife.

Either at your own leisure, or by following an itinerary, there are some spectacular sites awaiting you.

Head out of the city centre, around 20 miles, and you will find Sherwood Forest – internationally linked to the county’s legend of Robin Hood. The Forest extends over 450 acres, and with more than 1000 veteran oaks producing a strong, woody aroma that mingles with the delicious scent of the countless number of trees. Exploring on foot is the ideal way to take in the beautiful ancient nature.

Also in north Nottinghamshire, The Dukeries is a prestigious area surrounding some of the county’s finest former Ducal estates and countryside. There is so much to explore and enjoy.

Welbeck Abbey, Thoresby Hall, Clumber House and Workshop Manor are amazing historic stately homes all housed in the Dukeries region and are all steeped in history. As well as the estate’s prestigious presence, there are many popular attractions to explore. The Harley Gallery houses items from the Portland Collection, the Welbeck Farm Shop sells local produce such as beer, bread and cheese and Mr Straw’s House, in Worksop, is a time capsule of a local grocer’s house from the 1920s. The beautiful Clumber Park is a glorious landscape of parkland which covers more than 3,800 acres and Creswell Crags is a world famous archaeological site, set in a limestone gorge with many caves to explore and a lake, perfect for a long walk to stretch your legs.

Nottinghamshire also boasts numerous country parks, and picturesque nature reserves. Vicar Water Country ParkRufford Abbey Country Park and Attenborough Nature Reserve are amongst the many that provide a spectacular outdoors experience throughout all the seasons.

Go for a leisurely stroll, get active on a bike ride, spot wildlife in their natural habitat, kick back with a picnic with the family or absorb some scenic English countryside.

Just when you thought there was not much more to explore, take to the water on one of Nottinghamshire’s many waterways, slow down, relax, and see the world with fresh eyes. Many of the canals around Nottinghamshire were created to serve local industry. Today they create an interconnecting network of leisure waterways across the region, offering holiday makers a chance to explore the English countryside at a relaxed pace.

Discover more by clicking below on the individual boxes for more information and ideas of what to discover in Rural Notts.

    • The Dukeries

      The Dukeries

      Situated in the north of Nottinghamshire with an intriguing background into Sherwood Forest’s long association with England’s nobility.

    • Local Produce

      Local Produce

      Nottinghamshire is an excellent destination to find all sorts of fabulous local produce. Discover more ...

    • Boat Trips & Holidays

      Boat Trips & Holidays

      Explore our waterways. The rivers and canals of Nottinghamshire add a unique twist to the visitor experience.

    • Country Parks & Gardens

      Country Parks & Gardens

      Nottinghamshire is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and many tranquil country parks and gardens for you to discover.

    • Nature Reserves

      Nature Reserves

      Nottinghamshire remains a haven for nature lovers. Our nature reserves are vital for preserving plant and animal species indigenous to our region.

    • Rural Notts Trails

      Rural Notts Trails

      Like what you've read about Rural Notts? Why not experience the great outdoors on one of our Rural Notts Trails?



Special offers

  1. Accommodation


    From cosy log cabins in the heart of Sherwood Forest to luxurious hotels with spa facilities, Nottinghamshire has a great selection of accommodation. Take advantage of these special offers to make your stay even more enjoyable.

    From: Thursday, 1st January 2015

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017

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