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Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN
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Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre


Legendary home of Robin Hood and an awe inspiring nature reserve of ancient oak trees

Once part of a royal hunting forest, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve covers 450 acres and incorporates some truly ancient areas of native woodland where slender birch trees grow alongside more than one thousand veteran oaks, most of which are over 500 years old.

The largest and most famous of these is the Major Oak - linked throughout the world to Sherwood's legendary hero Robin Hood.

At the entrance to the country park is Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre with an exhibition on Robyn Hode's Sherwode, two shops and the Forest Table Restaurant. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Nottinghamshires first National Nature Reserve (NNR), the forest is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna that live on the dead wood and among the fallen leaves. Truly a site of contrasts, Sherwood has something for everyone.

Read Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre's blog here!

New Changes for 2018

A new chapter in the legendary woodland home of Robin Hood has begun with the foundation-laying of the brand-new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest built by the RSPB. The centre has been designed to provide a warm and welcoming gateway to Sherwood’s legendary landscape and help to inspire the 350,000 annual visitors to enjoy and celebrate the forest’s rich and diverse woodland, wildlife and heritage.

The new centre, which is set to open late summer 2018, will include information about Robin Hood, the wealth of wildlife, spectacular trees and legendary stories of the forest, which is famous the world over thanks to Robin Hood. It will also include a shop and a café, with a terrace and amphitheatre outside, as well as a brand-new play area. 

Forest Table Cafe

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. Also offering a delicious Sunday carvery, you can be sure of a warm Nottinghamshire welcome. The restaurant is open 10am to 5pm daily, but may close earlier for private functions - you may wish to check before visiting.


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.

Free wheelchair loan, and electric mobility scooters can be loaned 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 the visitor centre.

Guide Prices

Entry to the park is free although there is a car parking charge of £3 per car applied for most of the year. A special event car parking charge of £5 is applied during the Robin Hood Festival.

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  • Dogs Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 0
  • On-Site café/restaurant - Refreshments available. Restaurant (over 50 covers)
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Car parking costs £3 a day. This applies every day except during the Robin Hood Festival, when a £5 daily charge applies Season tickets for car parking are available.

Venue Facilities

  • Shop

Opening Times

Sherwood Forest Country Park & Visitor Centre (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* The Visitor Information Centre is open weekends only.

Spring/summer opening times:
Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm
Weekends 10am to 5pm

The park is an outdoor attraction but on rare occasions we do have to close the park due to severe weather including high wind..

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