Worksop is famed as the 'Gateway to the Dukeries', a unique selection of Ducal properties in north Nottinghamshire. With many local attractions in the town and nearby, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do together with places to stay.
The National Trust owned Mr Straw’s House is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Worksop. The unassuming semi-detached Edwardian house changes on entry into a 1920’s museum, with original artefacts from the era set out as if someone was to return home at any minute.
The Ducal estates with which Worksop is closely associated are Clumber Park, Welbeck Abbey, Thoresby Hall and Worksop Manor. Worksop Manor was destroyed by the Duke of Northumberland when he purchased it in the 19th century but you can still visit the other three.
Although Welbeck Abbey is still privately owned, there are attractions such as the Harley Gallery and the School of Artisan Foods on the broader estate near Worksop. You’ll also be able to visit Clumber Park and Thoresby Park as these are both popular visitor attractions.
In Worksop town centre itself, Worksop Priory church is an important heritage landmark dating back over 900 years. Whilst much of the original building was destroyed with the dissolution of the monasteries, it has been carefully restored and remains an active centre of worship.
Castle Hill, just off Newcastle Street in Worksop, is evidence that a motte and bailey castle once appeared in the town too. It is thought that the original castle was built by the Normans to control the local Anglo-Saxon area, although by the mid sixteenth century it had been completely demolished.
Between Worksop train station and the town centre, the Chesterfield Canal is a popular location for longboats as they leisurely cruise along. The canal links Worksop with Retford, Gainsborough and Chesterfield via Rother Valley Country Park. The canal side is also a great place for a leisurely stroll.
You'll find a range of hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering holiday cottages in and around Worksop and given the link to the Dukeries. Look out for The Courtyard at Hodsock Priory which is a five star venue and host to the famous Snowdrops. Browns Bed and Breakfast comes highly recommended, and for still more luxury, Clumber Park Hotel and Spa offers full leisure facilities.