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Sherwood Forest

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Sherwood Forest

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The Major Oak

Sherwood Forest [1] is an area of woodland in Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands region of England, that is famous for the outlaw Robin Hood.


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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The gateway to Sherwood Forest is Edwinstowe and the area is best reached by car from the M1 or A1 via the A614.

By train[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

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).

By plane[edit]

The nearest international airports are Nottingham Airport (formerly East Midlands Airport), Humberside International Airport, Robin Hood Airport and Sheffield Airport.

Getting Around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Major Oak - the legendary tree that sheltered Robin Hood and his band of outlaws.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit the Robin Hood Visitor Centre
  • Visit the ruins of Rufford Abbey and walk around Rufford Park.
  • Visit Clumber Park, former home of the Dukes of Newcastle, demolished in 1938 to avoid paying taxes.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Robin Hood Visitor Centre offers the stereotypical Robin Hood souvenirs.
  • There is a National Trust shop at Clumber Park.
  • There are shops at Rufford Park.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are restaurant/cafe facilities at the Robin Hood Visitor centre, at Rufford Park and at Clumber Park.

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Get out[edit]

  • Visit Southwell - a quaint English market town famous for many things. You can visit the Minster, home to the biggest free standing chapter house in the country. Step back into history at Southwell workhouse, the first in the country to open. Visit the Bramley Apple Pub, the garden of which is said to be the site of the creation of the Bramley Apple. Or stroll in Southwell's beautiful surrounding countryside.
  • Visit Newark - a traditional English market town.
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