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Reasons to visit Nottinghamshire

10 reasons to visit Nottinghamshire

... and stay at Thoresby Hall Hotel, Nr Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

1. Legends
Everyone has heard of Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire's most famous son and the world's favourite folk hero. His adventures have been retold down the generations, from medieval ballads to Hollywood blockbusters. Forever associated with Nottingham and Sherwood Forest, there is no better place to learn more about the man and legend. Explore landmarks associated with Robin Hood, like Newstead Abbey, Creswell Crags, Edwinstowe and Maypole village of Wellow.

2. Peak District Derbyshire 
The beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire is only a short drive away a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at its heart the Peak District National Park, known and loved by millions for its breath-taking landscapes, relaxation, inspiration and adventure. In the heart of England, it’s home to dozens of market towns & pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events.

3. Sport
Notts County have been kicking around since 1861 and as such they’re the oldest professional football team in the world. Nottingham Forest was founded not long after in 1865, and were most successful under the management of the now statued Brian Clough. Our footballing influence reaches all the way to Italy as Juventus FC paid homage to Notts County’s with their black and white stripes and a Nottingham man, Herbert Kilpin, co-founded AC Milan. Never a one-dimensional city, swarms of fans follow our teams in both hockey and ice-hockey as well as cricket and rugby. Sportspeople such as Torvill and Dean, boxer Carl Froch, UFC’s Dan Hardy and fishlike Rebecca Adlington and Lee John Westwood OBE English professional golfer all hail from Nottingham, and we’re really proud of that.

4. Castles and Caves
Our remarkable underground caves are the largest network of man-made caves in Britain and date as far back as medieval times. They’ve been used for everything from homes, to protecting ourselves from bombs in WWII, to storing ale beneath our city’s pubs. That’s not to say we don’t have some grand things on top of these caves too, Nottingham Castle proudly stands above a maze of caves, and offers tourists the opportunity to explore the epic 17th century building, gain some historical knowledge and have a gander at some of the finest art this side of England. Nottingham Castle is located in a commanding position on a natural promontory known as "Castle Rock", with cliffs 130 feet (40 m) high to the south and west. In the Middle Ages it was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence. In decline by the 16th century, it was largely demolished in 1649, with the Duke of Newcastle later building a mansion on the site. This was burnt out by rioters in 1831 and left as a ruined shell by the Dukes; later being adapted to create an art gallery and museum, which the building is still used as today. Little of the original castle survives, but sufficient portions remain to give an impression of the layout of the site.

5. Nottinghamshire Lace

Lacemaking is one of the key aspects of the history of Nottingham, and a quarter-mile square area in the heart of the city contains great buildings and quaint streets from the city's past. Here you'll find bars, restaurants, tea rooms, museums and shops to enjoy in the present day. Once the heart of the world's lace industry during the days of the British Empire, it is full of impressive examples of 19th century industrial architecture and thus is a protected heritage area. It was never a market in the sense of having stalls, but there were salesrooms and warehouses for storing, displaying and selling the lace.

6. Antiques
The biggest antique fair in Europe is held near Newark 6 times a year

7. The Oldest Pub in England
Located in Nottingham and reputed to be the Oldest Pub in England the trip to Jerusalem is said to have been built in 1189AD and is shrouded in history….Richard the Lion-Heart is said to have stayed here on one of his brief stops in England.

8. Stately Homes 
Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall

9. Rufford Abbey
Clumber Park is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres. Clumber was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are many glimpses of its grand past to explore. From the Gothic-style chapel, often referred to as a 'cathedral in miniature', you can follow in the footsteps of dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden where you can experience sights, scents and a taste of the past. Today Clumber offers freedom to discover a ducal park - explore picturesque parkland and gardens, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake.

10. Sherwood Forest
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 450 acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, designated in 2002 by Natural England agency responsible for safeguarding our natural environment. The ecology here is fascinating. The natural decay of fallen timber means the woodland teams with insect life and fungi, which in turn provide food for varied species of birds and bats.

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11. Shopping
Meadow Hall with over 280 stores, the centre attracts about 30 million visitors a year