Nottinghamshire Tourism

Come and Visit Nottinghamshire, the home of Robin Hood! Enjoy a host of amazing places to visit steeped in history.

Welcome to Nottinghamshire, which is situated in the heart of England, and renowned throughout the country as the legendary home of Robin Hood.

From the sleepy market towns and golden fields of the countryside parts of Nottinghamshire, to the shops and clubs of the cosmopolitan Nottingham city, ours is a county of contrasts and surprises.

Look at our website to find out about Nottinghamshire, its history, culture and modern-day attractions.

Culture of Nottingham

Visit the county and you will find out plenty of things to do all around the year. Go into the great outdoors and search through our interesting network of caves and the intriguing Sherwood Forest. Or why not delve into our county's history and culture, from Robin Hood and Nottingham Castle to heroes from books and authors such as DH Lawrence? The countryside of Nottinghamshire has inspired many writers, but two of its most famous were Romantic poet Lord Byron and the controversial novelist D.H. Lawrence.

Nottinghamshire is also a great location for a fun-packed day out for all the family, an action-packed, weekend break or a bit of retail therapy.

Beautiful gardens

This county has plenty of gardens, but many of its most interesting ones are well hidden - accessible only at particular times of the year, or only known to horticultural specialists. Check dates and opening hours directly, or ask at one of our local Tourist Information Centres (more info in the Contact Us section). It's certainly worth finding out!

Nottinghamshire tourism


What's Going on

  • Gunthorpe Festival, Nottinghamshire 21st of June 2014
  • Newstead Abbey House re-opens
  • Crowded House & The Zutons At Sherwood Pines Forest Park
  • David Emanuel At Bonmarché Nottingham
  • Darren Dutson-Bromley - Lace Theatre 15/03/15
  • Children's Easter Fun Day, Newstead Abbey, Nottingham
  • Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Wollaton Park Nottingham
  • Nottingham Railway Society Exhibition
  • SCAM in Nottingham Sat Feb 23rd & Sun 24th
  • Stand Up Comedy, Horn In Hand, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham
  • Ghost Walks Nottingham Every Saturday
  • Computer Market Harvey Hadden Sports Centre, Nottingham

Nottingham News

  • slazenger open tennis at the city of nottingham tennis centre
  • Drive -In movie showing "Dirty Dancing" at the Wilkinsons Car park, Arnold!
  • The 10th Hucknall International Byron Festival 2014 17th June - 5th July
  • Arnold Carnival Anot Hill Park Arnold Nottingham This Weekend
  • Splendour In Nottingham Music Festival
  • Uncle Sam's Great American Circus 19-30th of March 2014
  • Easter Eggstravaganza 25/03/2014
  • The Original Museum Ghost Trail 20/03/2014
Read about Nottinghamshire where to stay and what to do. If you are into history see: Nottingham History site of interest
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From the rambling country house of a great poet to a semi-detached villa from the interwar period, Nottinghamshire's historic houses have their specific, very individual personalities.

Use this section to find out about buildings open to the public, then select Places to Visit for more information on opening times and more. You can also learn more from local Tourist Information Centres.

Country houses

The houses in Nottinghamshire include: Wollaton Hall, Holme Pierrepont Hall, Newstead Abbey, Rufford Abbey and Mr Straw's House.

Rufford Abbey is one of the big houses of Nottinghamshire, this once country manor of the Savile family is now a ruin, but its beauty remains, incorporating bricks from the original Cistercian abbey, which make up the backdrop to a fine country park.

Holme Pierrepont Hall is a fine sixteenth-century brick manor house is still owned by the family. It homes a great collection of period furniture and pictures. The grounds also have a delightful courtyard garden.

Wollaton Hall

The astonishing building of Wollaton Hall is one of the most intricate instances of Elizabethan housing in England. Owned and managed by the City Council, these days the building offers a home to Nottingham's Natural History collection.

But visitors can get an idea of its previous glory from the wood-beamed Hall or the Salon furnished in the style of Victoriana. The grounds have a deer park which is still occupied by red and fallow deer, beautiful gardens and lakeside walks.

The former Stable Block homes an Industrial Museum and The Yard Gallery - a gallery for exhibitions of modern art and craft. Nottinghamshire also has a university.

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