Places to visit in Nottinghamshire.


Many of the following attractions are free, those that do charge offer
excellent value for money. It is advisable to telephone or visit tourist
information to find the opening times for each attraction.
See bottom of page for county map.


Creswell Crags.

Off the A60, south of Worksop. Tel: 01909 720378.

A limstone gorge containing caves from the last Ice Age. A
visitors centre tells the story of this unrivalled ancient site.


Clumber Park.

Off the A614, north of Ollerton. Tel: 01909 476592.

Clumber Park once belonged to the Duke of Newcastle, it
is now a National Trust site. The park is ideal for the
cyclist or walker, containing amongst other attractions, a
two mile long lime tree avenue.


Museum of dolls and Bygone Childhood.

Cromwell, Newark. Tel: 01636 821364.

An intimate museum containing a large collection of dolls,
toys, costumes and artefacts, all housed in a 17th century
rectory. Also handmade porcelain dolls for sale.


D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum.

Off A610, Eastwood, Tel: 01773 763312.

This small Victorian house has been restored to very much
its condition in Lawrence's day, and is now a museum
dedicated to his life and works. " the character of Eastwood
and  its surrounding countryside permeates so many of
Lawrence's novels " (AA book of Places to visit in Britain).

D. H. Lawrence Pic. 4Kb.


Greens Windmill.

Sneinton, Nottingham. Tel: 0115 9503635.

This fully restored and working windmill was the home of
George Green, one of the greatest mathematicians of the
19th century. Einstein paid tribute to his works by visiting
his grave, which is near the mill. As well as being able to
buy freshly milled flour, the visitor can test their skills with
a number of scientific experiments.


Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre.

Off A52, East of Nottingham. Tel:0115 9821212.

Holme Pierrepont is set in an attractive 270 acre country
park. The focal point is the Olympic standard regatta course
and world class artificial canoe slalom course.


Longdale Craft Centre.

Off A60, south of Newstead Abbey. Tel:01623 794858.

This internationally known craft centre is reputed to be
Britians oldest craft centre. The centre contains a museum,
gallery, restaurant and workshops. Craftspeople can be seen
working on a range of crafts.


Laxton Visitor and Village Centre.

Off A6075, east of Ollerton. Tel:01777 871586.

The only village in Europe which still maintains the medieval
system of farming. There is a visitor centre giving an insight
into this method of farming, and the surrounding countryside
can be explored along footpaths.


Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery.

Mansfield. Tel: 01623 663088.

The museum tells the historical, social and industrial
history of Mansfield.



Off A52, Langar. Tel: 01949 860592

A family-run business, producing wildflower seeds, plants,
trees and shurbs. The farm has wildflower fields, picnic
site, dragonfly pond, butterflies, tearoom, visitors centre
and other attractions.


Nottinghamshire Falconry and Raptor Centre.

Off A46, northeast of Newark. Tel:01636 610567.

The centre gives the visitor an opportunity to see close up
and in flight; falcons, hawks and owls. Also at the centre is
a picnic area and pets corner.


Nottingham Heritage Centre.

Off the A60, south of Ruddington. Tel:0115 9405705.

Set in the newly created Rushcliffe Country Park, the
Heritage Centre is part of the Great Central Road and Rail
collection, containing steam trains, miniature steam trains,
and the Barton bus collection.


Newark Air Museum.

Off the A46, northeast of Newark. Tel:01636 707170.

With over 70 aircraft and aero engines on display, Newark
Air Museum is the largest private collection in the country.
Hawker Sea Hawk, Meteor, Shackelton, Super Sabre and
Canberra are some of the aircraft on display. There is also
a display showing how the site looked when it was a
WWII aerodrome.


Newark Castle.

Newark. Tel:01636 611908.

The ruins of Newark Castle date back to the 12th century.
During the Civil War it was an important strategic
Royalist stronghold, it withstood three sieges until the King
ordered the castle commander to capitulate. The castle was
then partially dismantled. The story of Newark and the
castle, are told in the adjoining visitor centre.


Newstead Abbey.

Off the A60, south of Mansfield. Tel:01623 793557.

Although Newstead Abbey is better known for being the
family home of Lord Byron, the site initially housed a
group of Augustinian canons founded circa 1170. The lake
at the front of the abbey has two mock forts, these were
built by Byron's great uncle, known as Devil Byron, and
were used along with a 20-gun warship on the lake, to
re-enact sea battles. Inside the house are various personal
possessions of the poet.


Patchings Farm Art Centre.

Off B6386, at the junction with the A614. Tel:0115 9653479.

A unique art centre, containing pottery studios, gift and
framing shops, three gallery areas, working craft areas and
an excellent resaurant, all housed in restored farm buildings.
The surrounding grounds and gardens have been designed
and planted for the artist to paint. Also available are art
courses, group tuition, and accommodation.


Papplewick Pumping Station.

Off the A614, north of Nottingham. Tel:0115 9632938.

Papplewick is the finest example of a working Victorian
waterworks. The interior with stained glass windows, carved
columns and hanging lamps houses a massive pair of beam
engines, made by James Watt and Co. Adjacent to the
pumphouse there is a workshop, forge, cooling pond and a
steam winder from a local coal mine.


Rufford Country Park and Abbey.

Off the A614, south of Ollerton. Tel:01623 824153.

At the heart of this beautiful park stands the ruins of a 12th-
century Cistercian abbey. The abbey became derelict in the
16th-century, and was replaced by a country house, this, too
is now also a ruin, although the stable block, which is now a
craft shop, and the orangery, have been restored. The park
itself consists of woodland, parkland and a beautiful lake.


Southwell Minster.

Off A612, Southwell. Tel:01636 812649.

Regarded by many people as one of the most beautiful
churches in Britian, Southwell Minster dates from 1108. The
minster is renowed for its Norman nave, and for its 13th-
century Chapter House which contains some of the finest
stone carving in England. The Southwell Minster Centre
houses a display, shop, exhibition and refectory.


Sundown Adventureland.

Off the A57, east of Retford. Tel:01777 248274.

Sundown Adventureland has been especially designed for
the young child. Amongst the numerous attractions there is;
the Rocky Mountain railroad, Smuggler's Cove Barrel boat
ride, Shot Gun City, and all year round 'In Search of Santa'


Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre.

Off the A616, East of Ollerton. Tel:01623 823202.

With 450 acres of woodland  Sherwood is one of Europes
largest ancient oak forests. Waymark paths guide the visitor
through the forest. One path leads to the Major Oak, reputed
to have been Robin Hood's hideout. In the visitors centre
there is a Robin Hood exhibition, Heritage shop, Robin Hood
shop and the Forest Table, which serves meals and snacks.


Wollaton Hall.

Off the A609, east of Nottingham. Tel:0115 9284602.

Situated just outside the city centre, Wollaton Hall is a
spectacular Tudor house, which is now Nottingham's Natural
History Museum. The hall is set in parkland with formal
gardens, a fishing lake, herds of deer and a nature trail. The
18th century stable block contains Nottingham's Industrial
Museum, which show the city's industrial heritage, from lace
to tobacco and pharmaceuticals.


White Post Modern Farm Centre.

Off the A614, Farnsfield. Tel:01623 882977.

White Post is a working farm with over 4000 animals for the
visitor to meet, from chicks to cattle, lambs to llamas. There
are picnic areas, tea rooms, a gift shop, a reptile house, and
a pet learning centre.


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