Previous guests of Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest have recommended the following castles and historical venues as being an enjoyable day out. Each is within easy driving distance.

Belvoir Castle
(1 hour – 30 miles drive)

Address : Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leics, NG32 1PE
Tel : 01476 871 001
Web : www.belvoircastle.com

In the 19th century, the total reconstruction of the castle destroyed the medieval fortress but it left us with a dramatic Gothic Revival Castle.

Bolsover Castle
(34 mins – 15 miles drive)

Address : Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbs, S44 6PR
Tel : 01246 822 844
Web : Bolsover Castle

Dominating the countryside, Bolsover occupies the site of a medieval castle built by the Peverel family shortly after the Normans.

(50 mins – 30 miles drive))

Address : Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbs, DE45 1PP
Tel : 01246 565 300 
Web :

One of Britain’s famous historic houses. Breathtaking garden with fantastic water features, farmyard, adventure playground, restaurants.

Gainsborough Old Hall
(40 mins – 25 miles drive)

Address : Parnell Street, Gainsborough, Lincs, DN21 2NB
Tel : 01522 782 040
Web : www.gainsborougholdhall.com

Lovely half-timbered manor begun about 1460. Pilgrim Fathers met here and in nearby Churches of Scrooby, Babworth & Austerfield.

Hardwick Hall (National Trust)
(45 min – 18 miles drive)

Address : Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbs S44 5QJ
Tel : 01246 850 430
Web : Hardwick Hall

Spectacular Tudor treasure house with outstanding 16th and 17th-century tapestries and embroideries. Fine historic parklands.

Lincoln Castle
(50 min – 26 miles drive)

Address : Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA
Tel : 01522 554 559 
Web : www.lincolncastle.com

A place where kings and convicts have walked, a symbol of power and punishment through the ages, and home to an original Magna Carta. Explore towers & dungeons around the 360 degree Medieval Wall Walk. Experience the imposing Victorian Prison and extraordinary Chapel.

Nottingham Castle
(35 min – 19 miles drive)

Address : Friar Lane, Off Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6EL
Tel : 0115 876 1400
Web : www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk

A 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, overlooking the city of Nottingham. Lots to explore!

Rufford Abbey & Country Park
(5 min – 1.5 miles drive)

Address : Ollerton, Newark, Notts, NG22 9DF
Tel : 01623 821 338
Web : Rufford Country Park

Parkland with 25 acre lake and ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey. Restored Orangery, woodland walks, formal gardens & refreshments.

Southwell Minster
(25 min – 12.5 miles drive))

Address : Southwell, Notts NG25 0HD
Tel : 01636 812 649
Web : www.southwellminster.org

Regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Britain, Southwell Minster dates from 1108. The Minster is renowned for its Norman nave.

The Workhouse, Southwell (National Trust)
(24 min – 12.5 miles drive)

Address : Upton Road, Southwell, Notts NG25 0PT
Tel : 01636 817 260
Web : Southwell Workhouse

The Workhouse was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the poor and needy. The stories of those who lived and worked here in the 1840s help bring the building to life and prompt reflection on society has tackled poverty through the centuries. Wide range of events, children’s trails and hands-on activities.

Wollaton Hall and Park
(35 min – 20 miles drive)

Address : Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Tel : 0115 876 3100
Web : www.wollatonhall.org.uk

Set in over 500 acres of deer park, Wollaton Hall is a Tudor building. Now home to the city’s Natural History and Industrial Museum.

Newark Castle 
(25 min – 15 miles drive)

Address : Newark Castle, Castlegate, Newark, Notts NG24 1BG
Tel : 01636 655765
Web : Newark Castle  and combine with the National Civil War Centre
Fabulous old ruins beside the river Trent. Walk along the banks of the Trent and visit one of the local pubs either The Moorings or onboard at the Castle Barge.  Peckish try Pizza Express on the wharf.


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