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Visit the legendary home of Robin Hood at Sherwood Forest Country Park which is a 450 acre site within the wider Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. The visitor centre includes a café, two shops, toilets and a short film show about the history of Sherwood Forest and the Nottinghamshire Dukeries, plus a small but interesting Robin Hood exhibition. Woodland walk to the Major Oak. Many of the oak trees here are veterans several hundreds of years old. Waymarked paths enable visitors to explore the native oak and birch woodland, interspersed by heathland and grassland. A car park charge of £3 applies every day through the main season (£5 during the Robin Hood Festival 31st July - 6th August 2017)
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • DiseyL
    Essex, United Kingdom103 contributions
    Pleasant Walk
    We went early in the morning with only a few dog walkers. Only stopped for a short stop off and chose the Great Oak Trail which was very pleasant and felt that it gave us a good feel for the forest as it takes you right into the heart. The oak is amazing, simply stunning to think how long it has stood there.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • turn_and_face_the_strange11:11
    Littlehampton, United Kingdom529 contributions
    Oodellally oodellally golly what a day
    Really great walk around for us non local folks so many photo opportunities and lots to learn. So much to look at if you take the time. Great bit of history. Would be great to bring a picnic would come again
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Mark N
    Poole, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Fantastic Day Out
    We’ve just had a fantastic walk around the forest on clear, well laid out paths. Really peaceful and clean. We thought the £5 to park represents really good valve for money looking at the facilities provided. One of our “benchmarks” is when dogs are welcomed inside a cafe and thankfully, he was, as we chose the day the authorities decided to water the forest! When dogs aren’t welcomed we take it that our money isn’t either and spend it elsewhere. The food in the cafe was hot and quick and we were served by really cheerful people. I would recommend a day out here to anyone, even in the rain.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • C.T
    11 contributions
    Discover Robin Hoods Hideout
    Would a trip to Nottingham be complete without visiting Sherwood Forrest the home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men? About a 20 min drive from the centre of Nottingham. It has a large carpark on the opposite side of the entrance. The path is fairly flat all the way around so access should be okay for almost everyone. There are craft and gift shops along the way and even treats for your pooches! Cost was okay time taken no more than two hours We were greeted with dressed up characters for the Robin Hood period. Lots of facts and historical information to read. The highlight of the whole trip has to be seeing the old oak tree which was apparently the hideout. You can't go near it though as its protected by a fence and many of the large branches are now being supported by support stands to protect it. It is a place for all ages and imagination!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Danielle
    Rotherham, United Kingdom110 contributions
    Beautiful place
    Such a beautiful place, we took our 2 dogs and really enjoyed a walk around on the pathways. Loved how the maps gives you different routes. We took the blue route to see the Major Oak! Weather was really hot so we stopped at multiple picnic benches to rest and allow the dogs some shade. We also used the cafe on site, we both had sausage rolls each and a piece of cake each. Absolutely beautiful! The staff in the cafe were really nice and welcoming too. We parked in the main car park, £5 for the day which we thought was really good. We are already planning a visit back!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Yvonne E
    Cork, Ireland117 contributions
    If you're into the history & legends, great, if not....
    I've been Robin Hood obsessed since I was a child so Sherwood Forest has long been on my bucket list. It's a busy spot which is understandable but I'd advise wandering off the main paths to find a spot to be immersed in the forest. To me, trees are my happy place and I'd happily sit beneath a canopy of leaves in silence just breathing in all that peacefulness. On a sunny July day in Sherwood Forest, that was difficult. An open air film screen was playing Moana and even The Great Oak had an ice cream van next to it, quite the contrast between ancient and modern. I'm glad I went, it was a dream come true but I maybe should've chosen a quieter time of year to go.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • GoingGuide
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,203 contributions
    Great place for family
    Excellent place for a day out either solo or as a family/group. Large area of forest land consisting of many clearly marked walks and trsils where you easily find a hidden place to relax. Situated on the edge of the town of Edwinstowe, where legend has it that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married. At one point, the forest covered a much larger area, but over time, it has reduced into different areas, some of which are now other country parks in Nottinghamshire. Modern Visitors Centre is available to explire giving legendary tales of Robin Hood's use of Sherwood Forest. Plenty of activities for children to take part in, including bow and arrows and dressing up costumes, to name a couple. A large car park situated at the south of the forest allows easy access from the A614. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Traveling Ammonite
    129 contributions
    A Nottingham must-see!
    You could EASILY spend hours exploring the various trails and different parts of the forest! I only had limited time in the area, but I could still explore a few miles, amd the weather was brilliant. Definitely worth checking out! There's a trail for all time limits, haha - whether hours or 30 minutes, the forest has a lot to offer. The only thing I would wish for is the Sherwood Arrow, which doesn't run so frequently on bank holidays. I understand why - drivers need a break too - but if you don't have a car, it's hard to get to otherwise.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 30, 2023
  • dnowland_12
    Leeds, United Kingdom4,368 contributions
    Very Large, Old and Gnarly Oak Tree
    In the village of Edwinstowe so had to take the opportunity to visit the Sherwood visitor centre from where we walked to the Great Oak. Not a bad or long walk but not recommended if you have walking difficulties, you can however hire a mobility scooter at the visitor centre. Worth having a look at if you are in the vicinity.
    Thank you for your recent review and rating, and for highlighting the availability of the mobility scooter for visitors with accessibility needs. It is much appreciated.
    Written December 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2023
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dnowland_12
Leeds, UK4,368 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
In the village of Edwinstowe so had to take the opportunity to visit the Sherwood visitor centre from where we walked to the Great Oak. Not a bad or long walk but not recommended if you have walking difficulties, you can however hire a mobility scooter at the visitor centre.
Worth having a look at if you are in the vicinity.
Written December 1, 2023
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Thank you for your recent review and rating, and for highlighting the availability of the mobility scooter for visitors with accessibility needs. It is much appreciated.
Written December 13, 2023
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Jenny O
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Living local I visit Sherwood Forest on a regular basis and like to walk the red route. I am becoming increasingly concerned about the number of dogs off lead with no recall that are increasing becoming a nuisance.

I was returning from my walk today and came across a couple who had four dogs between them, 3 off lead one on a lead. The 3 off lead instantly started running towards me at speed and started surrounding me barking. I was terrified and thought I was going to be attacked. Absolutely no recall whatsoever.

I know dogs should be on a lead in certain areas and at certain times of the year for example when ground birds are nesting, but could this not also be the case on all marked walking cycling routes around the forest?

Written October 27, 2023
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Thanks for your post and apologies for the delayed reply. I was very concerned to read about what was clearly a very upsetting experience for you. We are continually looking at ways of encouraging all dog owners to ensure their pets are fully under their control while in the forest. Your feedback will help inform our on-going discussions of how we can address this issue. Thank you again for taking the time to post and please be assured that it will help us to try to improve the experience for all visitors.
Written November 20, 2023
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Jane S
Tampa, FL31 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Had a wonderful visit. It's been easily 40 years since I have been here and this visit brought back some wonderful memories. Such a wonderful place to visit by yourself or with family/friends.
Written October 23, 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We're so glad you enjoyed your day. We hope to welcome you to Sherwood again soon.
Written October 25, 2023
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Traveling Ammonite
129 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
You could EASILY spend hours exploring the various trails and different parts of the forest! I only had limited time in the area, but I could still explore a few miles, amd the weather was brilliant. Definitely worth checking out! There's a trail for all time limits, haha - whether hours or 30 minutes, the forest has a lot to offer.

The only thing I would wish for is the Sherwood Arrow, which doesn't run so frequently on bank holidays. I understand why - drivers need a break too - but if you don't have a car, it's hard to get to otherwise.
Written August 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GoingGuide
Nottingham, UK1,203 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Excellent place for a day out either solo or as a family/group. Large area of forest land consisting of many clearly marked walks and trsils where you easily find a hidden place to relax. Situated on the edge of the town of Edwinstowe, where legend has it that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married. At one point, the forest covered a much larger area, but over time, it has reduced into different areas, some of which are now other country parks in Nottinghamshire. Modern Visitors Centre is available to explire giving legendary tales of Robin Hood's use of Sherwood Forest. Plenty of activities for children to take part in, including bow and arrows and dressing up costumes, to name a couple. A large car park situated at the south of the forest allows easy access from the A614. Well worth a visit.
Written August 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yvonne E
Cork, Ireland117 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
I've been Robin Hood obsessed since I was a child so Sherwood Forest has long been on my bucket list.

It's a busy spot which is understandable but I'd advise wandering off the main paths to find a spot to be immersed in the forest. To me, trees are my happy place and I'd happily sit beneath a canopy of leaves in silence just breathing in all that peacefulness. On a sunny July day in Sherwood Forest, that was difficult. An open air film screen was playing Moana and even The Great Oak had an ice cream van next to it, quite the contrast between ancient and modern.

I'm glad I went, it was a dream come true but I maybe should've chosen a quieter time of year to go.
Written August 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danielle
Rotherham, UK110 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Such a beautiful place, we took our 2 dogs and really enjoyed a walk around on the pathways. Loved how the maps gives you different routes. We took the blue route to see the Major Oak!
Weather was really hot so we stopped at multiple picnic benches to rest and allow the dogs some shade. We also used the cafe on site, we both had sausage rolls each and a piece of cake each. Absolutely beautiful! The staff in the cafe were really nice and welcoming too.
We parked in the main car park, £5 for the day which we thought was really good.
We are already planning a visit back!
Written August 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

C.T
11 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Would a trip to Nottingham be complete without visiting Sherwood Forrest the home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men?

About a 20 min drive from the centre of Nottingham. It has a large carpark on the opposite side of the entrance.

The path is fairly flat all the way around so access should be okay for almost everyone. There are craft and gift shops along the way and even treats for your pooches!

Cost was okay time taken no more than two hours
We were greeted with dressed up characters for the Robin Hood period. Lots of facts and historical information to read. The highlight of the whole trip has to be seeing the old oak tree which was apparently the hideout.

You can't go near it though as its protected by a fence and many of the large branches are now being supported by support stands to protect it.

It is a place for all ages and imagination!
Written August 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chris H
Belfast, UK5 contributions
Jun 2023
Good for a day out on summer. Just be careful of little insects around. Helpful rangers to give advice.
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mark N
Poole, UK14 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We’ve just had a fantastic walk around the forest on clear, well laid out paths. Really peaceful and clean. We thought the £5 to park represents really good valve for money looking at the facilities provided. One of our “benchmarks” is when dogs are welcomed inside a cafe and thankfully, he was, as we chose the day the authorities decided to water the forest! When dogs aren’t welcomed we take it that our money isn’t either and spend it elsewhere.
The food in the cafe was hot and quick and we were served by really cheerful people.
I would recommend a day out here to anyone, even in the rain.
Written July 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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