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Whether you are exploring Nottinghamshire on foot, by bicycle or by car there are plenty of ways to find out more about its rich political, industrial and cultural past. We have produced a series of free downloadable trails which will guide you around the key destinations during your visit.
For more information on trails across Nottinghamshire, visit the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row - just off Old Market Square.
Learn more about Robin Hood. . .
The tales of Nottinghamshire’s legendary outlaw Robin Hood have been retold down the generations. For any keen Robin Hood fans a must-do experience is to walk around the city centre with Robin Hood himself on a Robin Hood Town Tour.
The Sherwood Forest Adventurer's Map is a new map which offers a tourist trail to visitors to Robin Hood country. Not only does it feature the landmarks associated with Robin Hood, but other nearby attractions like Newstead Abbey, Creswell Crags and Maypole village of Wellow.
See how Watson Fothergill shaped the city . . .
Victorian architect Watson Fothergill's distinctive red-brick buildings can be seen throughout the city. Download the Watson Fothergill Architect Trail, produced in conjunction with RIBA East Midlands and Castle Rock Brewery, and see the grand banks and newspaper offices - as well as his own elaborate offices in the Lace Market.
Walk with nature. . .
Nottingham Arboretum is a beautiful, historic park dating back to 1852 and located close to the city centre. Said to be the inspiration behind J.M Barrie’s Neverland, it has a collection of over 800 trees, some of which are from the original collection planted in the 19th century. When visiting, make sure to enjoy the Tree Trail and Heritage Trail to fully appreciate the Arboretum’s rich history. You could definitely lose yourself in Neverland here.
A beautiful walking trail can be found at Dukes Wood. Located on the site of the UK’s first oilfield, the ancient woodland is dominated by oak, ash, hazel and birch and many species of wild orchid, including the habitat of the rare Vetch Nissola (found only in one other location in the UK). Along this trail expect to see the bronze statue of the The Oil Patch Warrior, commemorating the American 'Roughnecks of Sherwood Forest,' before you end up at the Oil Museum to discover the story of UK Oil fields both offshore and onshore and the triumphs and the tragedies of the people who discovered and produced Oil and Gas.
Historic Nottinghamshire. . .
There are many special trails in Nottinghamshire that are perfect for history lovers.
The Gedling to Ashfield Trail explores some of the heritage attractions just north of Nottingham, including Papplewick Pumping Station.
The Civil War Trail takes in many of the sites and buildings that relate to the period, as Nottinghamshire played a central role in the conflicts of the Civil War. In 2015, the National Civil War Centre will open and will be the central museum in the country for information and exhibits on the Civil War.
Nearby, the Southwell Heritage Trail highlights some of the top attractions in and around the area.
Travel further into north Nottinghamshire and you will discover Pilgrim Fathers’ Country. Discover more about the historic sites associated with the principal players in the Pilgrim Fathers story at your own leisure on the Pilgrim Fathers Trail.
Come back into the city of Nottingham and the History on the #35 bus is a special historic route which passes near nine of Nottingham’s 15 Domesday communities, the site of a Roman Fort and the world’s first known railway built in 1603–4.
Nottinghamshire’s literary legends. . .
From D.H. Lawrence to Lord Byron, Nottinghamshire has been home to some literary greats. The Blue Line Trail offers Lawrence fans the opportunity to walk in his footsteps, stopping by several points of interest along the way. Places of interest along the route are The Sun Inn, which features in Sons and Lovers and D.H Lawrence Birthplace Museum, a museum dedicated to his life.
Elsewhere, the Gedling Heritage Guide takes in an abundance of fascinating heritage attractions, including the ancestral home of Lord Byron, Iron Age settlements and grand relics of our industrial past.