Attractions

Top Choice Church in Southwell

Southwell Minster

Rising from the village centre, the awe-inspiring Southwell Minster, built over Saxon and Roman foundations, blends 12th- and 13th-century features, including zigzag door frames and curved arches. Its chapterhouse f…
Castle in Nottingham

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham's castle crowns a sandstone outcrop worm-holed with caves and tunnels. Founded by William the Conqueror, the original castle was held by a succession of English kings before falling in the English Civil W…
Historic Building in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall

Built in 1588 for coal mogul Sir Francis Willoughby by avant-garde architect Robert Smythson, Wollaton Hall sits within 200 hectares of grounds roamed by fallow and red deer. There's a natural-history museum; 45-min…
Historic Building in Nottinghamshire

Newstead Abbey

Founded as an Augustinian priory in around 1170, this evocative lakeside property was converted into a residence in 1539. It's inextricably associated with the original tortured romantic, Lord Byron (1788–1824), who…
Museum in Nottingham

Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard

The underground passageway Mortimer's Hole, at Nottingham Castle, emerges at Brewhouse Yard, where five atmospheric 17th-century cottages house the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard. Like the castle, the p…
Visitor Centre in Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest's 2018-opened curved timber visitor centre provides information about the forest's wildlife, walking trails and Robin Hood legends – including the 800-year-old Major Oak, a broad-boughed oak tree (pr…
Monument in Nottingham

Statue of Robin Hood

Taking aim at the castle gates with his bow and arrow from Nottingham Castle's former moat, this 1952-unveiled bronze statue of Nottingham's famous outlaw is the work of James Woodford. Standing 7ft high, it weighs …
Castle in Newark-on-Trent

Newark Castle

In a pretty park overlooking the River Trent, the ruins of Newark Castle include an impressive Norman gate and a series of underground passages and chambers. The real King John, portrayed as a villain in the Robin H…
Museum in Southwell

Southwell Workhouse

On the road to Newark, 1 mile east of the village centre, the Southwell Workhouse is a sobering reminder of the tough life faced by paupers in the 19th century. You can explore the factory floors and workers' chambe…
Museum in Nottingham

National Justice Museum

In the grand Georgian Shire Hall, the National Justice Museum offers a ghoulish stroll through centuries of British justice, including medieval trials by fire and water. Costumed characters representing historical f…