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Sherwood Forest

Once an area of woodland and heathland stretching over 30 miles from Nottingham to Worksop, Sherwood Forest was established as a royal hunting preserve in the 10th Century.

Revived by the Normans, the 'forest' (a legal term for woodland having a separate jurisdiction) was enjoyed by successive kings and the sandy heath and thickets of Sherwood provided ideal cover for deer and hunting with falcons.

The link to royalty continued as parts of the forest were acquired by nobility and four main ducal estates developed – Clumber, Welbeck, Thoresby and Worksop. This unique area, known as The Dukeries is full of heritage attractions.

Today you can visit the sites of Clumber and Thoresby and see grand houses and grounds. On the Welbeck Estate you will find the Harley Gallery and the Welbeck Farm Shop along with the School of Artisan Food.

Over time, Sherwood Forest has become fragmented as settlements developed and the rich wood resources found here were used for building materials. You can now find a cluster of main country parks that offer an insight into how this mighty forest may have once appeared - Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Sherwood Pines Forest Park to name but a few.

This section provides everything that you need to know about holidays and days out in Sherwood Forest. In this fragmented landscape, you’ll find a variety of places to stay from quaint bed and breakfasts to holiday cottages and campsites.

Plan your visit online and then experience Sherwood for yourself and discover an outstanding area of history and beauty.

Highlights

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa

AA 4-Star, 57 individually styled rooms and suites, Restaurant,...

Go Ape at Sherwood Pines

Go Ape at Sherwood Pines

Enjoy 10% off at Sherwood Go Ape and Live Life Adventurously.

Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Sherwood Pines is the largest forest open to the public in the East...

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

This is a charming 18 century coaching inn, family owned and run. It...

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