Things to do in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire, a county in the heart of England, is steeped in rich history and vibrant culture. Known for its connection to the legendary Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest covers a significant part of the county, offering lush landscapes and ancient woodlands. Nottinghamshire’s past is also marked by its significant role during the Industrial Revolution, with its towns and cities being pivotal in the lace and coal mining industries. Today, it blends its historical heritage with modern attractions, making it a fascinating destination for visitors.

The county seat, Nottingham, is a bustling urban center known for its dynamic cultural scene. From the historic Nottingham Castle to the contemporary art at Nottingham Contemporary Gallery, the city offers a diverse range of attractions. Beyond Nottingham, towns like Newark-on-Trent boast impressive medieval architecture while Mansfield serves as a gateway to the natural beauty of the Peak District. Whether interested in history, nature, or arts and entertainment, Nottinghamshire presents an array of experiences that cater to all interests.

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  • Wollaton Hall and Deer Park: This Elizabethan mansion set in a large deer park is one of Nottingham’s most famous landmarks. The hall now houses a natural history museum and provides a scenic backdrop for walks among free-roaming deer.
  • Nottingham Castle: Perched on Castle Rock overlooking the city, this historic site has recently undergone extensive renovations. It offers interactive exhibits on local history and stunning views from its grounds.
  • National Justice Museum: Located in Nottingham’s Lace Market area, this museum is housed in a former courthouse and gaol. It provides insights into Britain’s justice system through engaging exhibits and tours.
  • Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve: Explore ancient woodlands famously associated with Robin Hood. The reserve includes Major Oak among other veteran trees and offers walking trails for all abilities.
  • Newark Castle: Overlooking the River Trent, these picturesque ruins are remnants of a medieval castle with connections to King John. The grounds are open to visitors who can enjoy guided tours detailing its storied past.
  • Creswell Crags: This limestone gorge on the border with Derbyshire features caves that were inhabited during the last Ice Age. It offers exhibitions on prehistoric life and cave art tours.
  • White Post Farm: A favorite among families, this farm allows visitors to interact closely with animals ranging from goats to llamas. It also features indoor play areas for children.
  • Rufford Abbey Country Park: The remains of Rufford Abbey lie within extensive parkland offering woodland walks, gardens, and lakeside paths ideal for leisurely strolls or picnics.
  • Hardwick Hall: An architecturally significant Elizabethan country house managed by the National Trust. Its impressive collections and preserved interiors offer insight into Tudor life.
  • Clumber Park: A vast estate owned by the National Trust featuring over 3,800 acres of parkland including woods, open heathland and more than 120 species of tree. Ideal for cycling or walking amidst serene nature.
  • Newstead Abbey: Once home to poet Lord Byron; this abbey boasts beautiful gardens including Japanese Gardens alongside historical interiors reflecting Byron’s life there.