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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG21 9RN • (01623) 824643
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

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. Once a royal hunting forest, this is the legendary home of the outlaw Robin Hood.

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. 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.

Within the 450 acre site there are 900 veteran oak trees, including the famous Major Oak. Recently crowned England's Tree of the Year by the Woodland Trust, this ancient oak is located just a ten minute walk from the Visitor Centre.

There is a free self guided leaflet available in the Visitor Centre. The Blue Trail takes you on a 45 minute circular path round the Major Oak. The Green Trail takes about an hour and skirts along the Longhorn Cattle enclosure. The Red Trail takes approximately two hours and leads around the forest. Suitable for all ages.

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Free Entry, Café Serving Meals, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

March to October: 10am-5pm daily; November to February: 10am-4.30pm daily (please check the website for any late changes). Free admission. Car parking £5.


Advance booking is not required.


Located north of Nottingham on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616.

Getting There:

Bus Stagecoach bus service 'Sherwood Arrow' operates from Nottingham Victoria bus station to Ollerton via Edwinstowe. Alight at the visitor centre. The journey takes about an hour.


Limited onsite parking available - payment required.

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG21 9RN • (01623) 824643

Last Updated Tuesday 7 June 2022

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