Plan your visit

You’ll find plenty to experience at Sherwood, whether you’re here for the day or a shorter stay. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to make the most of your time in this magical place.

The visitor centre is open 10am – 5pm from March to October, and 10am – 4:30pm from November to the end of February.

The visitor centre is the best place to start your journey. It’s home to our café, where you’ll find freshly made produce, from sandwiches and jacket potatoes, to homemade pies, or children’s take-out picnic boxes for any young adventurers too eager to wait. There’s the Sherwood Shop with something for every budget – including our pocket money shoppers – and gifts for all tastes and occasions. The place to pick up your Robin Hood and Sherwood mementos, as well as items from the RSPB range. And the toilet facilities are here too, with a Changing Places facility for users with disabilities, and their carers.

It’s here you’ll discover our wonderful welcome area too. Full of information and inspiration for your visit, you can pick up trail guides, learn some of the secrets you’re about to uncover in the forest and find out about the elusive Robin Hood! Grab refreshments and head out to our amphitheatre whilst you plan your next move, or let the children explore our exciting Robin Hood play area before you begin your forest adventure. From here, Sherwood Forest is yours to explore…

The visitor centre is open 10am – 5pm from March to October, and 10am – 4:30pm from November to the end of February.

Family looking at nature

Things to do while you’re here

There’s no end to the adventures waiting to be had, and every path will offer up a little magic…that’s why many visitors go their own way. But our trails guides, with something suitable for all ages, abilities and interests, from fungi to fauna are perfect if you want to leave less to chance. Don’t forget to pick up a printed guide in the visitor centre before you set off.

And there’s always something going on, as you’ll discover on our events page. Time your visit to take in a seasonal guided tour or walk, learn some archery skills, or look out for our daily activities board on arrival, to see what our wardens are up to today. You can learn more about how we’re working to manage and sustain the forest, and sometimes, there’ll be the chance to have-a-go yourself!

The historic village of Edwinstowe is close at hand too, plus a craft centre just across the square from our visitor centre. Walk around the village and you’ll uncover dozens of places which also play a part in the story of Sherwood, such as the nearby St Mary’s Church, which famously lays claim to hosting Robin and Marian’s wedding.

Caring for the forest

We ask that you take three things away with you from the forest after your visit today:

Great memories, an even bigger love and respect for nature and your rubbish!

We are totally commited to caring for Sherwood Forest – and hope you’ll help us to do this too during your visit.

Please respect other users at all times.  Cyclists and horse-riders, please stay on public bridleways and take care when passing pedestrians and each other!

Fungi foraging is great with an expert – but remember lots of our fungi is poisonous, so please don’t be tempted to help yourself to it, and keep a close eye on children!

Please use the bins provided for your rubbish, and put compostable items from our cafe in the specially-marked bins.  This ensures it doesn’t get mixed with general waste, and can be made into lovely compost which we can eventually use around the forest!

No fires or barbecues are allowed anywhere in the forest.

Dog Walkers
Please keep dogs on lead around the visitor centre and under close control at all times. They need to be on leads in some areas of the forest to protect vulnerable wildlife such as ground-nesting birds, or where we have cattle grazing. Please look out for signs telling you where these areas are. For out-of-hours parking, please see our Visitor Centre section.

Man with dog

How to find us

If using a satnav the postcode for our new visitor centre is  NG21 9RN – our car park is on the other side of Swinecote Road though, so please look out for signage when you arrive.  The entrance to the main car park and visitor centre on the B6034, just north of the village of Edwinstowe, between the A6075 and the A616, 20 miles north of Nottingham.

During the Robin Hood Festival (August 27 to September 2, 2018) please just follow the yellow signage as you get close to the site.

Heading from the south via the M1, take junction 29 and then the A617 / A6191 for Mansfield, turning onto the A614 Old Rufford Road, following signs to Sherwood Forest.

From the north via the M1, take junction 30 and follow signs for Worksop via the A619, then the A57 to Upper Morton, where you’ll find signs directing you onto Blythe Road, and then through Edwinstowe and to Sherwood Forest.

Plan your journey

 

Arriving by car and parking

You’ll find ample parking available at Sherwood in our main car park, just across the road from our visitor centre. The car park is accessed via the entrance on the B6034, and it’s open from 10am – 5pm in summer and 10am – 4.30pm in winter. Park up and follow the signs (we love arrows at Sherwood!) across the road and on to Forest Corner, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of our visitor centre through the trees.

Parking costs £4 for non-members, and is chargeable for anything up to a full day, and is free for RSPB members, except during the Robin Hood Festival, when the £5 event parking fee applies to everyone attending.

Being an RSPB member also allows you free parking and entry to 170 other reserves across the country, as well as supporting our vital work to give nature a home. See details about how to join, and help us care for Sherwood Forest on our membership page.

Accessible parking for any visitors with disabilities is available adjacent to our new centre.

Local transport

The Sherwood Arrow service runs hourly from Victoria bus station in Nottingham and stops outside our new visitor centre.  The direct journey takes around an hour. For up to date information check here www.bustimes.org

Please note: during the Robin Hood Festival, the bus will not be stopping at the centre, but in Edwinstowe village. This is around a 10 minute walk away.

The nearest train stations are at Shirebrook (6 miles) Mansfield Woodhouse (6.5 miles) and Mansfield (7 miles).  These are all served by the Robin Hood line, operated by East Midlands Trains and you can find timetables here www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

Accessibility

Sherwood Forest visitor centre is an accessible environment for everyone, with parking adjacent to the centre, disabled toilets and a large Changing Places facility which includes a hoist, shower, toilet and changing facilities for the comfort of our disabled users and their carers.  We have surfaced trails but some of our pathways do have inclines and may not be suitable for wheelchair users. Please speak to our team at the visitor centre for advice about the best paths to use if you have accessibility needs.

Staying for longer

There is a Youth Hostel directly across the road from our visitor centre in Forest Corner, offering a warm welcome to weary travellers! Edwinstowe is also right on our doorstep and you’ll find accommodation in pubs, bed and breakfasts and small hotels, as well as a few Air BNB lets in Edwinstowe and other surrounding villages such as Ollerton, Budby and Warsop.

What’s on at Sherwood?

Wind rain and shine, 12 months of the year there is plenty going on here – discover our programme of guided walks, festivals, mushroom hunts and seasonal highlights such as Sparkling Sherwood and our Christmas tree dressing.

Our events calendar and booking