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Nottinghamshire – Famous for the legend of Robin Hood

Roman settlements can be found in Nottinghamshire and by the 5th century the county was settled by Angles. There is also evidence of Saxon settlements and of course Normans.

Malting and woollen industries were developed during Norman times, but lace and cotton industries later developed with the arrival of railways and canals. Mining played an important role in the 19th century, but has since declined.

Nottinghamshire attracts many tourists thanks to ‘Robin Hood’, although the origins of this famous character are less clear. Some say Robin Hood is based on actual outlaws, or tales about outlaws. Others believe he was created from mythology, and there is even some doubt about the true location of his ‘home’, with some suggesting it lies in the neighbouring county of South Yorkshire.

Most people would prefer to share the belief that Robin Hood lived in Nottinghamshire and that he roamed around Sherwood Forest with his Merry Men.

Reasons to visit Nottinghamshire

Apart from the obvious connection with Robin Hood, there are many other things to see in the county, such as Clumber Park (owned by the National Trust and open to the public), Creswell Crags, where you can find caves that were occupied during the last ice age. Rufford Abbey (an estate in Sherwood Forest) is worth a visit, as is the Rushcliffe Country Park, Southwell Minster, Woolaton Hall, Welbeck and Newstead Abbey. And for stargazers there is Sherwood Observatory. But let’s not forget Sherwood Forest and of course Nottingham Castle.

Entertainment and Dining in Nottinghamshire

A good selection of entertainment is available in the county, especially in the main city of Nottingham (theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs). Restaurants include The Larder on Goosegate (in Nottingham), the Tonic (also in Nottingham) and Luigis (in the city centre).

Accommodation in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire offers Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering and excellent camping areas. Hotels include Premier Inn Nottingham Arena, Walton’s Hotel and Restaurant, and The Nottingham Belfry (A QHotel).