Nottinghamshire Travel Guide

Nottingham City Centre - © David Newton

Introduction and Overview

The Nottinghamshire Travel Guide outlines major attractions, places of interest, entertainment and offers useful tourist information for visitors. The area guide includes travel information on local events, transport, facts & figures and accommodation giving a useful insight in to the area. The county of Nottinghamshire is located in the East Midlands.

The county is landlocked with borders to Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Leicestershire. Previously the county was known for its reputation as the home of Robin Hood and the associated attractions, some critics had labelled the county one dimensional. There are a number of interesting attractions in the county for visitors to explore.

The label of being one dimensional is an unfortunate and unfair summary and today Nottinghamshire is known as one of the most contemporary of counties with places such as Nottingham making strides and been known for its quality shopping and thriving nightlife. While the connection with the legendary Robin Hood is alive and well, there is also much else to see and do in the county for visitors.

The county of Nottinghamshire has a rich literary tradition, two of the best known among literacy figures are from the county. Newstead Abbey was the home of romantic poet Lord Byron and was created from the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian priory and is located in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland. In Eastwood is the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum.

The City of Nottingham has more strings to its bow than its association with Robin Hood and his Merry Men to draw in tourists. Indeed it is now a popular city for its contemporary nature, there is also the great shopping it has become renowned for too. The city has benefited from new developments and a number of stylish restaurants, bars and clubs are now in the city.

Nottingham also houses Notts County Football Club, the world's oldest club founded in 1862. There is also Nottingham Forest Football Club in the city.

Nottingham is also famous for its lace as well as other industries, visitors can learn more about the industrial heritage of Nottingham at the Industrial Museum & Yard Gallery at Wollaton Park. The lace market on Victoria Street is popular among visitors and is regarded as a fine example of Victorian architecture.

Nottingham is a city that has a great deal of historical attractions; these include from Nottingham Castle, originally built by the Normans and Wollaton Hall, a rather extravagant Tudor manor. Wollaton Hall was built in 1588 and it now houses the Nottingham Natural History Museum.

Mansfield is located 15 miles north of the city of Nottingham, the town has a long history back to Roman times. Present day Mansfield includes a market square around with are a number of shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Local attractions include Mansfield Museum located in the town centre, which includes exhibits, artefacts and displays showcasing the history of the town. The Palace Theatre is centrally located in the town, it includes a varied programme of music, dance and drama.

Tichfield Park is located in the town offering a relaxing place to enjoy a stroll and includes a play area for children.

Newark-on-Trent (referred to as Newark) is a market town located 20 miles north east of Nottingham. Located on the River Trent, in a scenic environment with good transport links, it is a popular commuter town for Nottingham.

Local places of interest include Church of St Mary Magadalene, Newark-on-Trent, a Grade I listed building of both architectural and historical importance that is thought to date back to the 11th or 12th century. The church is known for the tower and the octagonal spire that stands at 236 feet.

The Palace Theatre is located in the town centre offering a varied programme of comedy, drama, theatre, music and shows. Newark Castle is a historic castle and Grade II listed building and gardens, tours and events on site are available.

Newark Air Museum is located a few miles from the town centre, established since 1973 the museum is located on a former World War II airfield and includes dozens of historic aircraft on display.

Worksop is located 30 miles north of Nottingham in the north of the county. Points of interest include Worksop Priory, a parish church and Grade I listed building that daters back to the 12th century noted for its impressive architecture.

Entertainment is available at the Acorn Theatre that include performing arts productions with comedy, shows and theatre. Mr Staw’s House is located close to the town centre run by the National Trust, visitors can step back in time to the 1920s to a local grocer’s house complete with original furniture, objects and decorations.

Ollerton is located close to Sherwood Forest, Ollerton Village includes Ollerton Watermill and Tea Shop, Hamlyn Lodge Cottage Industry and in April there is the Ollerton St George’s Day Festival.

New Ollerton was built in the 1920’s, the area includes a high street with shops and various amenities and an indoor market. The surrounding area includes plenty of natural beauty around Sherwood Forest with Sherwood Heath and Sherwood Pines Forest Park of interest. Local country estates include Thoresby Estate and Rufford Abbey Country Park.

Nottinghamshire offers visitors a number of attractions bearing the name of Robin Hood, from the visitor centre to the Robin Hood tours there is plenty to see and do for fans of the outlaw. The region has a rich literary tradition with the likes of DH Lawrence hailing from the county; the birthplace of the famed writer is now a museum for visitors to see.

The landlocked county has good transport links, with East Midlands Airport serving the Nottinghamshire region, there are also good road and rail links making it easily assessable.

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