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Sherwood Forest

Once an area of woodland and heathland stretching over 30 miles from Nottingham to Worksop, Sherwood Forest was established as a royal hunting preserve in the 10th Century.

Made legendary as the home of the famous outlaw in the ballads of Robin Hood, amongst the great oaks you will find the timeworn beauty, The Major Oak, along with nature trails and walks.

Revived by the Normans, the forest was enjoyed by successive kings and the link to royalty continued as parts of the forest were acquired by nobility and four main ducal estates developed. This unique area, known as The Dukeries, contains the estates of Clumber, Welbeck, Thoresby and Worksop which are full of heritage attractions.

Today you can visit the sites of Clumber and Thoresby and see grand houses and country park estates. On the Welbeck Estate you will find the Harley Gallery and the Welbeck Farm Shop along with the School of Artisan Food.

Over time, Sherwood Forest has become fragmented as settlements developed and the rich wood resources found here were used for building materials. You can now find a cluster of main country parks that offer an insight into how this mighty forest may have once appeared - Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Sherwood Pines Forest Park to name but a few. These spots are all great for picnics, walks and outdoor activities such as Go Ape.

This section provides everything that you need to know about holidays and days out in Sherwood Forest. In this beautiful landscape, you will find a variety of places to stay from quaint bed and breakfasts to holiday cottages and campsites.

Plan your visit online and then experience Sherwood for yourself and discover an outstanding area of history and beauty.

    • Major Oak

      Major Oak

    • Country Parks

      Country Parks

      The grand country parks that now make up the different parts of what was once greater Sherwood Forest, an awesome collection of places.

    • Sherwood Visitor Centre

      Sherwood Visitor Centre

      The main focal point for many people wanting to discover more about the Robin Hood legend and visit the impressive Major Oak.

    • Edwinstowe


      A pretty little town only a couple of miles away from Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. The town at the very centre of it all.

    • Attractions


      Browse through all the attractions in and around Sherwood Forest that make it such a great place to visit, whatever the time of year.

    • History of Sherwood

      History of Sherwood

      Learn about how this amazing forest has evolved through the years and how human interaction with the land has influenced what we see today.

    • Woodland Areas

      Woodland Areas

      Away from the major country parks you'll also find some excellent woodland areas and parks to enjoy giving great viewing points of the area.

    • The Robin Hood Festival

      The Robin Hood Festival

      The Robin Hood Festival takes place in August every year at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and is attended by thousands.

    • Where to Stay

      Where to Stay



Special offers

  1. Food and Drink

    Food and Drink

    We have a host of special offers at restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Nottinghamshire to make your money go further during your visit.

    From: Friday, 1st January 2016

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017

Things to Do Highlights...

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

Historic17th Century stagecoaching hotel now passionately restored throughout by local owners to AA...


Launay's Restaurant and Bar

A lovely 16th Century cottage with a fabulous new Orangery, Launay's restaurant and bar in...

Go Ape at Sherwood Pines

Go Ape at Sherwood Pines

Go Ape and live life adventurously at Sherwood Pines, Nottingham – home to three adventures: Go...

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

This is a charming 18 century coaching inn, family owned and run. It is located in the heart of...