View of Newstead Abbey across the Upper Lake

Places to stay in Nottinghamshire

Welcome to Nottinghamshire

Explore the home of legendary outlaw Robin Hood.

Nottinghamshire is home to dynamic culture and rich history, with the legendary Sherwood Forest and the vibrant city of Nottingham, plus Nottingham Castle and Clumber Park to name just a few of the many tourist attractions that the county is famous for. 

YHA hostels in Nottinghamshire

Things to do in Nottinghamshire

Five free things to do:

Sherwood Forest Country Park

Perhaps Nottinghamshire’s best known attraction, Sherwood Forest is the legendary domain of Robin Hood and is ideal for enjoying walks, nature spotting and enjoying the majesty of the historic Major Oak.

Attenborough Nature Reserve

An award winning visitor and education centre, Attenborough Nature Reserve is perfect for family days out amongst tranquil waters and peaceful landscapes. It’s the ideal educational introduction to nature and wildlife.

Southwell Minster

One of the county’s most prominent and beautiful buildings, Southwell Minster dates from the Middle Ages, though has seen various reparation works to restore its elegance over time. Southwell itself is a quiet but charming market town, with independent shops and cafes for visitors to appreciate.

Clumber Park

Not dissimilar to Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park is a rolling area of parkland, heath and woods with water features, footpaths and play areas to enjoy. It’s also a great place to get out to for a gentle cycle, with over 20 miles of cycle routes to satisfy a range of abilities, particularly children looking for a safe place to learn to ride.

Robin Hood

No trip to Nottinghamshire is complete without learning about Robin Hood and his association with the county. Visit sites which are renowned for their links with the legend, from aforementioned Sherwood Forest, to St Mary’s Church and Nottingham Castle.

The perfect mix of city and countryside in Nottinghamshire

Best known for being the land of the fabled medieval legend Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire is one of the East Midlands’ six counties, and home to a wealth of attractive villages, market towns and a number of sprawling parks. Nottingham itself is a thriving city, with plenty of attractions and a growing arts and entertainment scene which runs throughout the city, particularly in The Lace Market and Hockley areas known as the Creative Quarter.

Nottinghamshire is also a good spot to base yourself for heading out further afield to explore central England. The Peak District and the Lincolnshire Wolds are both within striking distance, and offer contrasting scenery for those wishing to explore a more rural experience.

Clumber Park

Clumber Park

Clumber Park 6 miles Idyllic walks with amazing scenery and wildlife, all nestled in the remains of Clumber's history. Great to explore by bike. Visit the website

Go Ape

Go Ape

Go Ape has several locations across the UK where you can climb and fly through the trees. If it's adrenaline fuelled family fun you're after then look no further.

Water sports

National Watersports Centre

Ride the rapids on the 700m white water course or simply laze away an hour or two boating on the lake - great fun for everyone!