Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire in the Midlands has traditionally been an important industrial county, built on the large coal reserves of the region.
Nottinghamshire is easily accessible using both M1 and A1, with good rail links to most of the country and Robin Hood airport for visitors from further afield.

Nottinghamshire’s largely central landlocked position means it is bordered by four other counties including South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

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Nottinghamshire Overview

Welcome to Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire will be forever linked and is perhaps most famous for the legendary outlaw Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest fame, skilled archer and champion of the poor. Walk through Sherwood Forest to follow the footsteps of the Robin Hood and his Merry Men or perhaps trace the journey of the Pilgrims en route to the Americas. The National Trust’s Clumber Park is just south of Worksop.

Nottingham Castle is in the city of Nottingham at Castle Rock, along with the Robin Hood statue, medieval caves and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn – which lays claim to Britain’s oldest pub. The Lace Quarter is great for shopping and taking refreshments in cafes and restaurants.

The market town of Newark is home to both Newark Castle, The National Civil War Centre and Kelham Hall set alongside the River Trent where you can explore the grounds and enjoy a picnic or the tea room. Nearby you will find the Newark Air Museum collection.

Other sites of interest in the county include Creswell Crags, Southwell Minster, Wollaton Hall & Park, Holme Pierrepoint Hall and Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron’s ancestral seat.

Nottingham is also famous for football – Notts County is the oldest football county in the country, whilst Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest won the European Cup on two occasions and cricket at Trent Bridge.

The landlocked county of Nottinghamshire in the Midlands, home to the legend of Robin Hood, is surrounded by the counties of South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire..

Nottinghamshire is home to just over a 1 million people, the county town is Nottingham and there are other large towns at Newark, Retford and Mansfield.


History

Nottinghamshire is situated on the Roman Fosse Way and there are settlements at Mansfield and a fort in Bilborough on the Broxtowe Estate.

Nottinghamshire was later part of the Kingdom of Mercia, whilst the Norman times saw the advent of malting and woollen industries in the region.

With its coal and iron ore reserves Nottinghamshire played an important role in the Industrial Revolution, spawning some of the world’s first wagon trains such as the Wollaton Wagonway. Canals and railways followed to support the growth in lace and cotton industries as Nottinghamshire became a key trading hub.

The 18th and 19th centuries saw the creation of deep mechanised collieries as the mining industry grew in importance until the infamous strikes of the mid 1980’s.


Places to Visit in Nottinghamshire

The historic and vibrant city of Nottingham is a major attraction for tourists. With commanding views over the city you can’t miss Nottingham Castle; the mansion house was built over 300 years ago and is surrounded by beautiful Victorian gardens. The mansion is home to exhibitions of armour, silver, china and art. Beneath the mansion you will discover secret passageways and caves – the longest Mortimer’s Hole is 322ft long!

Shopping in Nottingham is a delight – the city is compact enough for walking and you will find many independent retailers and boutiques, along with the Victoria Shopping Centre, the Broadway Shopping Centre and the Exchange Arcade. Head for the Bohemian Quarter for creative and indie shops.

Take a walk from the Old Market Square to the Lace Market, one of the city’s heritage areas to see the Galleries of Justice Museum. Literary lovers should head for Eastwood and the Birthplace of D.H. Lawrence Museum to explore the life and times of the author with a series of exhibits

Time to relax? Enjoy one of the large number of restaurants or cafes or may be take a river cruise on the River Trent to see the city from a different perspective.

You can escape the city and head for Sherwood Forest, more than 1000 acres of forest that surrounds the village of Edwinstone. The 450 acre Sherwood Country Park is a great place to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Be sure to see the 1,000 year old Major Oak and Thynghowe an ancient Viking meeting place on the western edge of Sherwood Forest.

Further afield you will Newark Castle in the market town of Newark where history enthusiasts can enjoy The National Civil War Centre. Not far away you can discover the Newark Air Museum and the diverse collection of aircraft.

Nottinghamshire has a number of stately homes for visitors to explore and enjoy. Wollaton Hall & Park Gardens is a Tudor building set in over 500 acres of deer park. A great day out includes the Nottingham Natural History Museum, the Wollaton Courtyard Stables which house an Industrial Museum, steam engine house, gallery and visitor centre. Kelham Hall beside the River Trent is ideal for all ages, explore the acres of wood, playgrounds or the house itself or if you are feeling adventurous explore the four acre “The Maize” during the summer months. About an hour from the city of Nottingham you will find the Dukeries – beautiful rolling countryside and gardens where you will find Clumber House at Clumber Park, Thoresby Hall, the 18th century Worksop Manor and Welbeck Abbey with its many attractions. Newstead Abbey, once home to the poet Lord Byron, is a delight to explore with its lakes, ponds and waterfalls where the formal gardens provide plenty of colour ranging from Spring time rhododendrons to the Japanese maple leaves of Autumn.

Nottinghamshire’s famous names include the legend of Robin Hood, Brian Clough, the poet Lord Byron, author D.H. Lawrence and Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington.

Nottinghamshire has a large range of annual events, including the Robin Hood Pageant, the Nottingham Goose Fair; one of the oldest in the country, the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest and festivals such as the Splendour Festival, the Riverside Festival and the Nottingham Food & Drink festival at Wollaton Hall.

Sport is plentiful in Nottinghamshire. Football is represented by Mansfield Town, Notts County – the oldest team in the country and Nottingham Forest, twice European Cup winners under the guidance of the charismatic Brian Clough – enthusiasts can take in the stadium tours. Trent Bridge is home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, whilst Nottingham Panthers are the county ice hockey team. Holme Pierrepont is home to the National Water Sports Centre.

Local culinary specialities include mushy peas drizzled with mint sauce, Nottingham Roast Goose, and Bramley apples – which originated in Nottinghamshire – best enjoyed in a Nottingham Batter Pudding.


Getting There

Situated in the Midlands, Nottinghamshire is easily accessible from London and many other parts of the country via both the M1 and the A1.

Being centrally located, Nottinghamshire is accessible by rail from most of the larger conurbations. The mainline runs from St. Pancras in London in a little over an hour and half, whilst the East Coast Mainline reaches Scotland via Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Visitors from further afield can use both the East Midlands and The Robin Hood airports.



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