Mansfield is a large market town in west Nottinghamshire and its earliest history could be traved back to the Roman England. For the Romantic soul, the town's name would conjures up Jane Austen's lovely romantic story, with the same name! Mansfield was once a dormitory for the surrounding coal mines but is now a centre for light manufacturing. The parish church is of Saxon origin (notable by the stonework in its great tower). A huge coat of arms looks down on the market place from the Moot Hall, on the Westgate corner, built by the former Lady of the Manor Henrietta Cavendish Holles, in 1752.
From Derby, it take 85 minutes to travel to Mansfield by bus, via Nottingham. The bus goes fairly frequent. Between Mansfield and Nottingham, the bus goes every ten minutes.
- St John Church: St. John's Church was built in 1855-56 for £8,000. It was designed by the architect Henry Isaac Stevens. The church is Grade II listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as it is a building of special architectural or historic interest.
- Town museum: Mansfield Museum was the brainchild of William Edward Baily, a wealthy local collector and natural historian. In 1903 Baily offered his collection and a building - the 'Tin Tabernacle' in which to house it, to Mansfield. The Museum opened the following year. Important new collections donated by local men, such as those of naturalist Joseph Whitaker and artist Albert Sorby Buxton, soon required a move from the deteriorating Tabernacle and the present building opened in 1938. In the mid Sixties a fourth gallery was added and in 1989 the 'Arcade' extension took the Museum 'out to the road', raising its public profile. A major 1990's development provided state-of-the-art storage facilities and an education room. The most recent addition to the Museum has been the XplorActive hands-on environmental gallery. Mansfield Museum is FREE to visit and open from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm (except Bank Holidays).
- Sherwood Visitor Centre: The centre oak of Sherwood Forest once stood in Wesgate until it was felled in the 1940s. A plaque now marks the spot where it stood. The legendary forest of Robin Hood has been slowly felled over the last 200 years for farm land and enclosures. The remnants of the forest now stand to the east of the town.
- D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum and a Heritage Centre: Durban House, in the writer's home town of Eastwood, is both the D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum and a Heritage Centre, where visitors can discover the fascinating story about the son of a miner who became one of the 20th century's most influential writers. D. H. Lawrence, in Lady Chatterley's Lover, described Mansfield as "that once romantic now utterly disheartening colliery town". Durban House Heritage Centre, Mansfield Rd, Eastwood
- Newark air museum: A historic WWII airfield, with a wide variety of planes and aircraft, housed both outside and in large undercover display halls. Visitors can see over 70 aircraft on display, including transport aircraft, jet fighters, bombers and helicopters. The Airfield, Winthorpe
Regular bus services are available from the Mansfifeld Bus Station to the west of the town. Trains run on a regular basis on the Robin Hood Line from Mansfield Train station to Nottingham. Taxis are also freely available 24/7.