Self-catering holiday cottages in Robin Hood Country - Nottinghamshire

About Robin Hood Country

The legend of Robin Hood who robbed the rich to help the poor still lives on in Nottinghamshire.  A remnant of Sherwood Forest containing the Major Oak - an enormous 800 year old oak tree that Robin Hood reputedly hid inside, still remains in Nottinghamshire.  It's a good place to go for a day out with various forest trails, a visitor centre, childrens' swing park and a restaurant. There's an annual festival which is held at the end of July and beginning of August .  See a recreation of Robin Hood's time with jousting, archery and Merry Men.  Nottinghamshire is a great place for a cottage break.

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Recommended Places to Visit in Nottinghamshire

Clumber Park  - the grounds of what used to originally be the parkland of Clumber House which belonged to the Duke of Newcastle.  The house is no longer there and the park is now owned by the National Trust.  There's a large glasshouse where you can view figs and peaches growing.  Outside,  the walled kitchen garden and flower borders still produce fruit and flowers just as they would have in the past to supply Clumber House.  


Gunthorpe Bridge - is a pleasant place to visit for an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon out.  There's a fine old pub overlooking the River Trent for refreshments. Take the children for a walk along the river and view Gunthorpe Lock and weir.  If you're fortunate you may observe boats coming through.  It's a popular spot for angling and boating with boat trips during the summer months. There is a small pebbly beach where you will find stones to skim across the water.  


Newstead Abbey - a popular wedding venue in NottinghamshireNewstead Abbey - a former Augustinian Priory from the days of Henry II is now owned by the City of Nottingham.  The poet Byron owned it for a time but could little afford to maintain or develop the house and extensive gardens.  Byron sold it to his friend Colonel Thomas Wildman who went on the create the beautiful Garden Lake around which you will notice hundreds of ducks.  The Abbey is a popular venue for weddings - the gardens providing a pretty background for wedding photographs, but also good for family picnics and walks.


Rufford Abbey and Country Park - The parkland of the former 12th Century Cistercian Abbey is now a popular visitor attraction. There is a craft centre, toilets, cafe, a lake, restaurant, nine formal gardens and parkland for easy walks.  Musical, theatrical and other events are held there during the summer.  There is ample parking and it's just a great place to take the family.  Remember to take some bread to feed the ducks and rather more exotic wildfowl.



Southwell - a small village a few miles away from Mansfield, is well worth a visit to see the historic Minster and the National Trust workhouse.Front view of Southwell Minster and graveyard

The Southwell Minster occupies a central location in this historic village.  It has several features of architectural interest including a Norman Nave and carvings in the Chapter House.  Explanatory literature may be purchased in the Minster.  

The Polish community may wish to visit the plaque commemorating the massacres at Katyn.  A Polish war cemetery and war memorial can be visited in Newark - a few miles away.

The recently opened and restored NT Workhouse, with an audio tour, is well worth a visit for an interesting look at the development of the welfare state in Nottinghamshire and England.


The City of Nottingham

cotatges near Nottingham - picture of Nottingham Castle gardensNottingham has one of the best city shopping centres in England. Bustling and vibrant, there are 2 indoor shopping centres and streets of interesting shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.   

Tourists would be interested in visiting one of several attractions.  The Galleries of Justice Exhibition portray law and the penal system through the centuries.  The Robin Hood Experience continues the legend and folklore and the Castle offers pleasant gardens, a cafe and museum. 

Just below the castle walls is the oldest pub in England, a shop selling lace; a product that once made Nottingham famous.

The green expanse of Wollaton Park and lake in Nottingham offers a natural history museum, children's playground and plenty of walks and picnic places for hot summer's days.


Self-catering holiday cottage near Southwell Nottinghamshire Wesley Cottage in Oxton, near Southwell, sleeps 4 people comfortably in an 18th Century beamed cottage with two en-suite  bedrooms and a large garden.

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