Warner Hotels in East Midlands
A true delight for the outdoor enthusiasts
Hilltop castles, lush parklands, a millennia-old cathedral, and magnificent views as far as the eye can see, all add to the magic that is the East Midlands. Most famously known for its location of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Castle, there is plenty to see and do in this region. From adrenaline-fueled Sherwood Pines, historic limestone formations of Cresswell Crags, Vicar Water Country Park, Peveril Castle, Clumber Park, Rufford Abbey Country Park, and Kirby Hall – you’ll be spoiled for choice for things to do and see in the area.
17 min drive from Thoresby Hall, S80 3LH
From quick strolls to day-long hikes, the limestone gorge of Cresswell Crags and its caves have been a popular destination for humans and Neanderthals for over 40,000 years. The museum features fossils of spotted hyenas, woolly rhinoceros, and even lions that once inhabited this historic tourist spot.
Opening times are 10 am until 5 pm
Parking is available for £4 for up to three hours and £6 for all day.
16 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG21 9JL
Perfect for thrill-seekers, the Sherwood Pines visitor centre focuses on tree climbing and zip wires, but there’s also plenty of unspoilt, natural forest to explore at your own pace just off the beaten track.
Parking is available for £3 for one hour, £5 for two hours, and £8 for all day.
7 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG21 9NJ
Only 10 minutes walk from Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, the medieval village is home to the church of St. Mary where Robin Hood married Maid Marian. This vibrant and busy destination offers many craft shops selling handmade chocolates, vintage fabrics, and jewellery, plus several restaurants and pubs.
40 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG7 4HF
Opened in 1852, Nottingham’s oldest park is the immaculately maintained home of over 800 trees, with peaceful walking trails just a stone’s throw from the bustling city centre. It takes just over an hour to circle the mostly flat park, with just a couple of inclines in places.
Opening times are every day from 10 am until 4.30 pm.
29 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG25
Southwell is home to a millennia-old cathedral, with stone carvings so intricate they’ve had poems written about them. It also has the most complete historic workhouse standing today, family-run tea rooms, and the home of the Bramley apple, celebrated with its own festival every October - you might need more than just one day in Southwell.
Thoresby Park and Courtyard
2 min walk from Thoresby Hall, NG22 9EP
A courtyard featuring boutique jewellery and craft shops, plus over 1,000 acres of picturesque English countryside less than a two-minute walk from the hotel – not that we’re boasting.
Opening times are every day from 9 am until 5 pm.
8 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG21 9QB
Sherwood Forest is most famous for The Major Oak tree, the legendary home of Robin Hood that produces 150,000 acorns every year, but it’s also Europe’s largest collection of ancient oaks and features woodland walking routes for all fitness levels.
Opening times are from 10 am until 5 pm (Nov-Feb from 10am until 4.30 pm).
Rufford Abbey Country Park
13 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG22 9DF
Just over two miles from Thoresby Hall, the almost 900-year-old Rufford Abbey is home to leafy woodland, a wildlife meadow, formal gardens dotted with modern sculptures, and a 250-year-old man-made lake. The grounds are largely flat, ideal for a casual stroll.
Opening times are from 9:30 am until 5 pm.
Vicar Water Country Park
16 min drive from Thoresby Hall, NG21 9AA
With woodland, grassland, heathland, a stream, a lake, and a duck pond, the walking routes of Vicar Water are suitable for all fitness levels. Keep your eyes peeled for a huge range of wildlife, with goldfish, woodpeckers, kingfishers, and even lizards dotted around the park.
Opening times are from 9 am until 6 pm.
12 min drive from Thoresby Hall, S80 3AZ
The grade I listed gardens of Clumber Park feature the longest lime tree avenue in Europe, a gothic revival style chapel, a four walled kitchen garden, and easy walking routes across pristine, unspoilt parkland. The ornamental bridge has just completed a two-year restoration and almost glows in the sunshine.
Opening times are from 9 am until 5 pm.