Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre at Sherwood Forest Country Park
Visitor Centre, free entry
The 450 acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, designated in 2002 by Natural England the Government agency responsible for safeguarding our natural environment.
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains some of the oldest trees in Europe, veteran oaks five centuries old and the world-famous Major Oak, still producing acorns after standing at the heart of the forest for an estimated 800 years.
The ecology here is fascinating. The natural decay of fallen timber means the woodland teems with insect life and fungi, which in turn provide food for varied species of birds and bats.
The site is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council and maintained by our country park rangers, working to a woodland management plan drawn up in partnership with English Nature. Each year we welcome around 350,000 visitors to Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, which is located near the village of Edwinstowe.
Sherwood Forest is world famous as the legendary home of Robin Hood.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 towards Mansfield. Follow road for just over 3 miles to roundabout. Select left lane and take 3rd exit (A617). At traffic lights go straight on (A617). Follow road for just over ½ mile to traffic lights and go straight on. Continue to follow road to another set of traffic lights (Rutland Arms pub on right), and turn left (A6075, signposted Mansfield Woodhouse). Follow road passing under low bridge to traffic lights - go straight on. Follow road to 2 mini roundabouts, turn left at 1st roundabout and right at 2nd. Follow road to traffic lights and go straight on. Follow road to T-junction and turn left (A60). Follow road for 500 yards to traffic lights and turn right (A6075). Follow road for approx 5 miles to traffic lights in Edwinstowe and turn left (B6034). Visitor Centre about ½ mile down road on left.
Follow A619 into Chesterfield. At B&Q roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At next roundabout select right hand lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left hand lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach M1 motorway. Then follow route from North/South.
: 20 miles from Chesterfield station
- Baby changing facilities
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- French signs/guides
- German signs/guides
- Gift shop
- Italian signs/guides
- On-site catering
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Spanish signs/guides
- Wheelchairs available
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing
- Children welcome
- Disabled access