Local Attractions

Things to do and see in and around the Nottinghamshire area. There's something for everyone...

We’re ideally located near Retford in North Nottinghamshire, and area surrounded by great tourist and magnificent historical attractions. Just a stones through away there is a wealth of things to do and see throughout the local areas such as: Arts, Crafts and Galleries / Cathedrals and Churches / Country Parks and Gardens / Family Attractions / Historical Homes and Castles / Museums, Nature Reserves and all interlinked with picturesque market towns and shopping opportunities. Whatever your fancy, Nottinghamshire provides a plentiful list of things to do and see that’ll keep bringing you back for more. Here we highlight just a small handful of popular attractions in the area.

Sherwood Forest & the Major Oak

Sherwood Forest is a royal forest in Nottinghamshire, England, famous by its historic association with the legend of Robin Hood. The Major Oak is a large English oak near the village of Edwinstowe in the midst of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood’s shelter where he and his merry men slept. It weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a girth of 33 feet, a canopy of 92 feet, and is about 800–1000 years old.

The area is full of history and provides lots of sightseeing and walking opportunities as well as some quaint shopping and visitor centres.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall is, from the outside, an Elizabethan prodigy house or mansion complete with walled courtyards and a gabled gatehouse. Inside it was largely updated in the 1760s. It is located in the village of Doddington, to the west of the city of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England.

There is always something new to see and do on the estate whether that is inside the Hall, in the five acres of gardens, one of our events, or on one of the Estate walks. We look forward to welcoming you to Doddington…


Yorkshire Wildlife Park

With nearly 400 animals and 70 different species of animal, Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a fantastic place to experience a truly breath taking walk-through wildlife adventure. Most of the animals at the park are either endangered or threatened, Yorkshire Wildlife Park work closely with charities to help the conservation of endangered species in the wild and captivity.

Take a walk on the wild side and experience amazing animals from around the globe!


Lincoln Cathedral

With the Norman invasion of Britain in the 11th century, William the Conqueror commissioned Remigius de Fécamp, the first Bishop of Lincoln, to build Lincoln Cathedral. Despite its size, the cathedral is filled with intricate detail. In Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the Gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art; it is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Lincoln.

There is something for everyone to see at Lincoln Cathedral and children love seeking out the funny carvings – in particular the famous Lincoln Imp! For further details on Lincoln Cathedral, it’s history and things to see and do during a visit, please see:

Discover Lincoln Cathedral

Go Ape

Go Ape packs a punch with four brilliant outdoor adventures to get stuck into. Be prepared for some serious speed on the Challenge course where the tandem zip wire speedometer can hit 20 mph. Kids are spoilt for choice with a Treetop Adventure course and one of the only two Nets Adventures in the UK. Decisions, decisions. Bounce in the clouds or climb up to the clouds?! If you love to go off-road, hop on to one of our all-terrain Segways and explore the varied terrain and beautiful woodlands.

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River Trent & Trent Valley Way

The Trent Valley Way is a waymarked long-distance footpath in England following the River Trent and its valley in the counties of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Originally created in 1998, to mark the centenary of the Nottinghamshire County Council, it was waymarked between the two southern starting points at Thrumpton and Attenborough, through to West Stockwith near Gainsborough at the northern limit of the county, a distance of some 84 miles. This Nottinghamshire route used both riverside paths and footpaths in the wider valley to link Nottingham, with Newark-on-Trent, Gainsborough and various villages via points of interest.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire is over five hundred years old and one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England. The hall was built by Sir Thomas Burgh in 1460.

A little-known gem, Gainsborough Old Hall is among the biggest and best-preserved medieval manor houses in England. It is part timber-framed but mostly brick-built. It was built in the latter part of the 15th century with Elizabethan additions, and has an impressive kitchen with an enormous fireplace, a noble great hall, and an imposing lodgings tower. It will be a rewarding addition to your day out in Lincolnshire.

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Further attractions include: Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park / Sundown Adventureland / Attenborough Nature Reserve / Sherwood Pines / White Post Farm / Newark Air Museum / Rushcliffe Country Park / Idle Valley Nature Reserve (Notts Wildlife Trust) / National Civil War Centre – Newark Museum / The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum / Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park / Welbeck Abbey / Thoresby Park and the North Leverton Windmill… The list of local attractions just goes on and on! Contact Sunrise Eco Glamping to find out more.