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Tours > Robin Hood's Nottingham > Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre

Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre
On the B6034, just north of Edwinstowe (626676)

Robin Hood at the Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre In the medieval period, Sherwood Forest was the pleasure ground of kings. It would have extended over some 100,000 acres and been set aside solely for the hunting activities of the English monarch and his entourage. Sadly, only a few tracts survive today, mostly in the Country Park around Edwinstowe. Yet they still retain something of the magic that one associates with the hideaway home of Robin Hood and his band of merry followers.

The Visitors' Centre at the Sherwood Forest Country Park is by far the best and easiest place from which to see the ancient forest, as well as learn about its development and unique ecological situation. There is a large car park (mostly free, though there is a charge at certain times of year), a good shop and a popular eatery. Central are the excellent (free) exhibitions which explain both the natural history of forestland around the World and life in medieval Sherwood. There is, of course, special reference to its legendary associations using pictures, text and tableaux.

Only a short walk away (nearer five minutes than the twenty indicated) is the famous 'Major Oak,' as well as a further 450 acres of forest to stroll around. There are special events, such as archery, held at the site throughout the Summer and the Robin Hood Festival is staged here every year.

Next Stop: The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest Country Park

Click to review The History of Robin Hood

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