Sherwood Forest and the city of Nottingham are perfect for family holidays and short breaks. Tales of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men have been told for over 600 years and his enduring legacy has inspired a rich tradition of adventure and intrigue.
In medieval England the forest was a place few ventured after dark. Wandering under Sherwood’s ancient oaks today it is still easy to imagine arrows whistling through the trees and shadowy figures being pursued by the Sheriff and his men. Visit Friar Tucks Well at Harlow Wood or All Saints Church in Annesley where Robin is reputed to have been baptised.
Sherwood Forest Trust run a range of events throughout the year including conservation talks, walks, cycling tours, horse riding and the Robin Hood Festival. The forest visitor centre is 30km outside Nottingham at Edwinstowe and has a fascinating exhibition telling the Sherwood Story
Perched on Castle Rock, overlooking the city, Nottingham Castle is just over 1km walk from PREMIER SUITES. Although the Norman castle contemporary of King Johns reign has all but been replaced by a 17th century ducal mansion (some rock cut cellars and medieval pointed arches survive), the vibrant museum and art gallery include fascinating exhibits of fine and decorative arts, Roman votive offerings, exquisite Nottingham lace and “bear jugs”. Tickets cost £5.50 for adults, £4 for children and give you joint entry to The Museum of Nottingham Life.
On the site of Nottingham’s old courthouse and county gaol and only 5 minutes walk from us, explore the chilling displays of 300 years of crime and punishment. Since Norman times the Sherriffs of Nottingham have kept the peace, dispensed their own brand of justice and collected taxes for the king. We highly recommend taking one of the Galleries of Justice guided tours with costumed actors packed with scary stories and terrifying tales – you might even find the hangmans noose around your neck.
A network of limestone caves which have been inhabited since the Stone Age. As well as sheltering our ancestors during the last ice age, Robin Hood hid from the Sherriff in these caves.
Cresswell Crags is about 50km north outside Worksop but you can take a train on the Robin Hood line from Nottingham to Cresswell Station and the Crgas are less than 1.6km walk (15 minutes).
At Newark Castle the treacherous King John died in 1216, infamous for usurping Richard the Lionheart who was away fighting the third crusade. The castles is also significant for its role during the Civil War. Now ruined, Newark Castle is still impressive and frames the very pretty formal gardens. Also here is the Gilstrap Heritage Centre, regular guided castle tours and outdoor concerts during summer months on the bandstand.
A long-distance footpath running 169km from Nottingham Castle to Edwinstowe, the Robin Hood Way passes through the beautiful countryside of Sherwood Forest, Farnsfield, Clumber Park and Cresswell. The path is very well marked and many sections are ideal for an afternoons walk.