Sherwood Forest was a mediaeval hunting forest that stretched from Nottingham to York. Now it is reduced to an area of woodland in north Nottinghamshire that plays host to a number of leisure facilities.
The gateway to Sherwood Forest is Edwinstowe and the area is best reached by car from the M1 or A1 via the A614.
The nearest mainline railway station is Newark, which has good rail links and is on the East Coast Main Line served by trains running between London and Scotland. It is about 1 hour 20 minutes from London. Newark is also on the line running from Nottingham to Lincoln.
National Express coaches run coach services from Nottingham and many other UK destinations.
The Sherwood Arrow bus service also runs between Nottingham and Worksop, calling at Edwinstowe (a 5-10 minute walk to the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre).
The nearest international airports are Nottingham Airport (formerly East Midlands Airport), Humberside International Airport, Robin Hood Airport and Sheffield Airport.
Sherwood Forest is riddled with footpaths and other public rights of way, making it easily accessible by walkers and cyclists. For wider exploration a car is recommended.
There are restaurant/cafe facilities at the Robin Hood Visitor centre, at Rufford Park and at Clumber Park.