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Country Parks

Country parks with legendary links

Just 20 miles north of Nottingham, Sherwood Forest Country Park is the home of Robin Hood. It extends over 450 acres and incorporates some truly ancient areas of native woodland. Gently strolls along the paths leading to the famous Major Oak and a host of equally impressive ancient trees, most of which are over 500 years old.

Entry into Sherwood Forest is FREE and the normal charge for the car park is £3.

A five minute drive away is Rufford Abbey and Country Park which once housed a 12th century Cistercian Abbey on a grand estate. Robin would have been among friends here and some of the monks were in fact outlaws.

Entry to Rufford Abbey and its park and gardens is FREE and the normal charge for the car park is £3.

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North Nottinghamshire

The largest forest open to the general public in the East Midlands is Sherwood Pines Forest Park. There you’ll find all manner of activities to keep family members of all ages entertained. FREE activities entail picturesque walking and cycling trails amongst the woodland. For more suggestions of what is on offer at Sherwood Pines, visit the outdoors activities section.

Admission to the park is FREE and is open all year (apart from Christmas Day). The price to park is £1 per hour, or £4 for a whole day.

To the north of Notts you’ll also find Thoresby Park and Gallery in over 1,000 acres of unspoilt English countryside. Still the picture of a traditional country estate, you’ll find Longhorn cattle among the farm animals in the grounds plus a retail and multi-arts venue at the Courtyard.

FREE admission and car park.

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City outskirts

Just a few miles from Nottingham city centre is Wollaton Hall, a magnificent Elizabethan mansion set in 500 acres of deer park. The park is open all year round, except Christmas Day, and is always a popular attraction for family and friends. In summer why not bring along a picnic? Or in winter, tackle the snow on your sledge and glide down the hill which the Hall sits upon.

Entrance to the park and Hall is FREE, but the car park is £2 for 3 hours or £4 for a whole day.

On the northern fringes of the city is Bestwood Country Park with its incredible variety of wildlife habitats. There’s a memorial to Nottinghamshire's coal mining past with a soon to be refurbished Winding Engine House. Stay in the park at The Bestwood Lodge Hotel, a former Victorian hunting lodge.

Entry to the park is FREE.

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