Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands of England, the traditional county town is Nottingham. Nottinghamshire is famous for its involvement with the legend of Robin Hood.
During the industrial revolution canals and railways came to the county, and the lace and cotton industries grew. In the 19th century collieries opened and mining became an important economic sector.
Nottinghamshire contains the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey, which he sold in 1818, the acclaimed author D. H. Lawrence was from Eastwood and the north of the county is also noteworthy for its connections with the Pilgrim Fathers.
Things to do
You can explore the woodlands and parkland that inspired DH Lawrence and Lord Byron, follow in the footsteps of the legendary Robin Hood, or discover more about the influential Pilgrim Fathers. Perhaps research your family tree and tread the land where your ancestors once lived or worked.
A cycling trip through Sherwood Forest comes highly recommended too and remains a popular experience for many committed family enthusiasts. There are a number of set routes you can follow, depending of your level of cycling experience.
Robin's appeal together with the many places to visit around the county make Nottingham and Sherwood Forest one of the best destinations for family days out in the UK.