At the very mention of Nottingham, most people think of the famous English folk hero Robin Hood. The city still prides itself on its legendary local outlaw, and visitors can learn all about his band of Merry Men and the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham at various sites in and around town.
According to legend, Robin and his men made their home and hideaway in the shadows of nearby Sherwood Forest. These days, various nature trails and hiking routes lead you safely around this expansive woodland. The forest’s Clumber Park features Europe’s longest avenue of lime trees, while Welbeck Estate is home to the charming Welbeck Farm Shop. You can also try your hand at Robin’s sport of choice, as Haywood Oaks Activity Centre offers the chance to practice your archery skills.
The village church in Edwinstowe is said to be the spot where Robin tied the knot with Maid Marian. And the Major Oak – a mighty tree between 800 and 1,000 years old – is reckoned to be Robin’s favoured hideout. While in Edwinstowe you can also stop for a pub lunch at The Robin Hood Inn.
Robin Hood tours
Charismatic raconteur Ezekial Bones leads popular tours through the centre of town. His stories about Robin Hood, retellings of old folk ballads and historical knowledge of the town’s key landmarks make for a riveting two hour stroll. The tour ends with a well-deserved pint or two at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub.
Many of the city’s festivals and annual events are themed around Robin Hood. If you’re looking for an excuse to try on the hero’s signature green tights, we recommend checking out one of these:
- Every Autumn the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival celebrates craft beers and scrumpy ciders from around Nottingham and beyond.
- The Robin Hood Festival takes place every July, with archery, castle building and a knighting ceremony in the atmospheric surrounds of Sherwood Forest.
- September sees many runners take to the streets for the annual Robin Hood Marathon & Half Marathon.
For more information on things to do, as well as places to stay in Nottingham, visit our destination guide.