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Plan your visit to Sherwood Forest


NG21 9HN 

GPS Co-ordinates: 
N53° 12.1002', W001° 3.7962' 

How to get here

If you are travelling by car you may find the AA Route Planner helpful in planning your route: www.theaa.com/route-planner 

For public transport to the park contact Traveline on tel: 0870 608 2 608, or visit: www.travelineeastmidlands.org.uk

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By car and coach

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham. Our post code is NG21 9HN.

By bus

You can get to Edwinstowe on the Stagecoach bus service 33 Nottingham - Worksop.  For full details, times and prices check the Traveline website: www.traveline.info/

Most buses stop on High Street in Edwinstowe, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre and park.

By train

The nearest train stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles).  Both are served by the Robin Hood line which is operated by East Midlands Trains.

East Midlands Trains (website: www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk) also run services from London St Pancras to Nottingham, and East Coast (website: www.eastcoast.co.uk) run services from London Kings Cross to Newark.

By bike

Cycling is not allowed in and around the Visitor Centre. Please leave your bikes at the cycle racks in the car park and proceed on foot.

By air

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is less than 25 miles from Robin Hood airport and just over 38 miles from East Midlands airport. 

By sea

The nearest ferry port is at Hull, which is 50 miles away. 

Car parking

Car parking charges at Sherwood Forest:

  • are FREE from 1 January 2015 to 2 April 2015
  • apply from Friday 3 April

See a calendar of when parking charges apply for 2015/16 [PDF] 

The normal charge is £3, and applies to all cars (including blue badge holders) and motorcycles. Parking is free for coaches and minibuses with over 12 seats.

A special event car parking charge of £5 applies during the Robin Hood Festival week from Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August 2015 inclusive.

Season ticket

2015/16 car park season tickets are now on sale, priced £30. They can be used at both Rufford Abbey Country Park and Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre throughout the year. The season ticket also gives free parking on days when a special event car parking charge applies. Season tickets can be purchased from Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre shop, Rufford Abbey Country Park Craft Shop or over the phone on tel: 01623 821310 (Monday - Friday during office hours).

Special offer!

Spend £15 in a single transaction in one of our on-site shops, café or restaurant and present your ticket to claim a refund of your parking charge. Please note: this offer does not apply during the Robin Hood Festival.

Visitor Centre and facilities

Winter opening hours (until 3 April): 10am – 4.30pm
The Visitor Information Centre is open weekends only.

Summer opening hours (after 3 April): 10am – 5pm

Shops and refreshments

Browse around the Visitor Centre shops or relax with a coffee or a hot snack in the Forest Table Restaurant.

Waymarked trails

We have a free self guided leaflet available in Visitor Information and reception. 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.

Baby changing facilities

There is a fold down baby change unit in the ladies toilets at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, and also an additional fold down unit in the accessible toilet for the use of any parents with mobility restrictions / disabilities. 

Access for all

Paths and surfaces

The visitor centre at Sherwood is situated on a level site and is fully accessible for wheelchairs. A number of paths, such as the Major Oak path, are accessible to wheelchairs, but please note that the oak is approximately half a mile from the visitor centre and that there are some slight gradients along the way.

Wheelchair and scooter loan

We offer free loan of wheelchairs. An electric mobility scooter is available for loan at £1.50 per hour. Please book in advance on tel: 01623 823202 choosing option 1 (Visitor information).

Accessible buildings

Visitor facilities such as shops and restaurants at Sherwood Forest are accessible for wheelchairs. There are also accessible toilets available.

Access statement

Read our Access Statement for Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre 2013 [PDF]


Dogs are welcome at Sherwood Forest Country Park but must be kept under control. We need to make sure all visitors can 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 phone to check, tel: 01623 823202.

Dogs are allowed at the Robin Hood Festival but it's worth being aware that there may be crowds and entertainment will feature music and stunt fighting, which could upset nervous dogs. Some events at the festival such as Walk with Hawks and Twilight Tales do not allow dogs.

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