Parks & Forests
As you explore Sherwood Forest, there are many treats to discover. The best place to start is Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre where there is an exhibition about Nottingham’s famous outlaw, Robin Hood. Two marked trails start from here and heads past The Major Oak, an ancient tree which is thought to be 1000 years old and was said to be a hiding place for Robin.
The amazing scenery of Clumber Park includes the world’s longest double avenue of lime trees, 20 miles of cycle routes, a peaceful serpentine lake, the chapel of St Mary the Virgin, and a Victorian exotic-flower-filled pleasure ground. One of the park’s highlights is the walled kitchen garden that produces fresh seasonal ingredients for the park’s restaurant. Open year-round 10am-4pm
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Rufford Abbey is set amongst 150 acres of beautiful historic parkland, woodland and gardens, just a few miles from Sherwood Forest. The 12th century ruins of a medieval monastery provide the central focus of the park, alongside a contemporary craft centre, lake, woodland walks, a sculpture trail, children’s play village and a cafe and restaurant.
Entry is free (parking charges apply). Open year-round.