Sherwood Forest Country Park
The legendary stomping-ground of Robin Hood, this 450 acre country park is now part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and home to a fascinating ecosystem. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including England's Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak.
Find out what happens to the old visitor centre once the new one opens in Summer 2018.
Changes to service and facilities at Sherwood Forest
- 16 July - Closure of the Robin Hood Exhibition
- 23 July - Closure of other facilities at the current visitor centre. Public toilets and a limited refreshment offer will be provided close to the current visitor centre throughout the transition period.
- 31 July - Closure of the current playground.
- 1 August - Management of Country Park and facilities transfers to the RSPB consortium.
- Week of 13 August - New visitor centre & playground opens and current car park closes.
- There will be restricted access to some pathways directly around the current visitor centre once it is closed. These will be clearly signed. Access to the wider forest and the Major Oak will still be possible.
- There will be no parking charges between 23 July and 13 August. Parking will continue in the current car park until the new centre opens week commencing 13 August. You can also park in the new main visitor centre car park off Swinecote Road throughout this period.
Plans for the future
The new Visit Sherwood website reveals its exciting plans for the future.
- admission to the park is free (car parking charges apply)
- dogs welcome
- spring/summer opening hours (weather permitting):
- Monday to Friday: 10am to 4.30pm
- Weekends: 10am to 5pm
- follow the waymarked trails amongst the leafy glades
- spot birds including nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers and redstarts
- marvel in the shadow of the historic Major Oak
Bus: Most bus routes stop on High Street in Edwinstowe, which is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre and park. Plan a journey.
Car: The Visitor Centre is on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham.
Train: The nearest stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles). Both are served by the Robin Hood line, operated by East Midlands Trains.
For Sherwood Forest catering enquiries call 01623 823202 option 2.
Upcoming events at Sherwood Forest
The visitor centre, shops and restaurants are all fully accessible for wheelchairs. A number of paths, such as the Major Oak path, are accessible to wheelchairs, but the oak is approximately half a mile from the visitor centre and there are some slight gradients along the way.
There is a fold down baby change unit in the ladies and accessible toilets at the Visitor Centre.
Wheelchair and scooter loan
We offer free wheelchair loan and electric mobility scooters (for £2 per hour) at Visitor Information. Please ring before your visit to check availability and make a booking: 01623 823202 (10.30am to 4.30pm).
Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control. All visitors need to feel safe and relaxed. Please keep dogs on the lead in and around the Visitor Centre, and take care when passing other visitors with dogs. Please clean up after your pet.
At some park events (for example, bird-watching walks), dogs aren't allowed. If in doubt, please contact us.
01623 823 202