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 eco-system. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including England's Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak.

  • admission to the park is free. £3 car parking charge (free on certain dates – check calendar), £5 car parking charge for special events including the Robin Hood Festival. 
  • car parks open 10am to 4.30pm
  • dogs welcome
  • open every day, 10am to 4pm (weekdays) and 5pm (weekends and Bank Holidays)
  • home to the annual Robin Hood Festival (1 to 7 August 2016).
  • follow the waymarked trails amongst the leafy glades
  • spot birds including nightjars, woodlarks, hawfinches, marsh and willow tits
  • marvel in the shadow of the historic Major Oak
  • browse the Visitor Centre shops or relax with a coffee in the Forest Table Restaurant.

Getting here

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.

Forest Table Restaurant

Sherwood Forest has a long tradition of hearty fare. At the main entrance to the park, the Forest Table is a cosy and relaxed place to enjoy a quick coffee, snack or lunch. We also offer a delicious Sunday carvery and you can be sure of a warm Nottinghamshire welcome.

  • open 10am - 4pm (weekdays)
  • open 10am - 5pm (weekends and Bank Holidays)

Sherwood Forest holds a quality award from the VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme. 

Catering enquiries

For Sherwood Forest catering and wedding enquiries call 01623 823202 option 2.

Car parking

£3 for all cars (including blue badge holders)
£1 for motorcycles
£5 for major events
Free for coaches and minibuses with over 12 seats
£30 annual season ticket

See a calendar of when parking charges apply

Season ticket

Annual car park season tickets are available and will go on sale early in 2017.

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.

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. Offer does not apply during special events.

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.

Contact details

01623 823 202

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