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Real or fictitious, Robin Hood is definitely Nottinghamshire's most famous son. And Nottinghamshire doesn't do anything to clear up this debate, visitors will find all sorts of Merry Men related sights and attractions in amongst the beautiful green woods and vales. It also has plenty of genuine historic treasures. And then there's Nottingham, the lively hub. The best places to stay in Nottinghamshire range from central Nottingham city break pads to serene stately homes.

Sherwood Forest is probably Nottinghamshire's most famous sight, a beautiful forest surrounding the pretty village of Edwinstowe, and housing the Major Oak - which according to local folklore is where Robin Hood hid-out.

Whatever your feelings on Hood, the oak is an incredible sight, between 800 and a thousand years old and a vast network of branches, some of them now held up by scaffolding. The forest spreads wide around the oak and it is lovely, green and peaceful country to explore. As well as being heritage and conservation listed.

Sherwood Forest is also home to a charming arts and crafts centre, and each August, an annual, week long Robin Hood festival with jousting, jesters, alchemists, fire eaters and other medieval entertainments.

Still Hood related, but definitely factual this time, is Nottingham Castle, a grand looking sandstone house sitting on top of a warren of caves and tunnels. The original castle was founded by William the Conqueror, but today's version dates from the 17th Century.

Part of the reason for the numerous castles is that Nottingham was a bit of an out of town try out for some bad taxes, and those living in the castle often found themselves fleeing via the tunnels to the river while the castle was destroyed by revolting peasants. These days there's an art gallery, as well as a museum, occupying the castle.

Nottingham is also home to one of the pubs claiming to be England's oldest, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn, off Maid Marian Way in Brewhouse Yard, which is also where some of the tunnels from the castle come out. This pub is at least 800 years old.

Outside of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire has a number of very lovely stately homes, including Lord Byron's Newstead Abbey and architecturally fascinating Wollaton Hall. But Nottinghamshire also holds many reminders for those who lived less well, like the eerily empty mining towns and Southwell Workhouse.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Nottinghamshire are both beautiful Georgian country house hotels, but for those who are looking for something a little less ostentatious there are plenty of B&Bs and coaching inns to choose from.

The Best Places to Stay in Nottinghamshire

For families and foodies

  • Langar Hall is a mildly eccentric, but quite magical apricot coloured Georgian stately home in the beautiful green Vale of Belvoir. It has been in the family of the current owner since 1860, and it's been gradually turned into a really charming, family friendly 12 room hotel. Add to this great food and stunning grounds and what more could you need?

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Best Hotels in Nottinghamshire

  • Mercure Nottingham Nottingham 76 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of the city centre with shops, theatres, eateries, and attractions within walking distance
    Boutique  -  The epitome of a boutique with its unique and playful design and personalised service
    Restaurant  -  The Curious Tavern serves the likes of dressed oysters in an atmospheric setting while The Brasserie serves modern European fare
    Full of character
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    A characterful boutique hotel located in the heart of the city centre. Individually designed rooms and suites have studded headboards, statement wallpaper, and retro-style furniture. Downstairs are a choice of two atmospheric bars and restaurants. A hip stay in a convenient location. See More

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  • Mour Hotel Nottingham 92 rooms from £94

    Business meetings  -  With its location in Sherwood Business Park and its three well-equipped meeting and event suites — this is ideal for business
    City Style  -  A sleek modern hotel with moody rooms, a stylish bar, and elegant restaurant — this is chic city pad
    Sights nearby  -  Wollaton Hall, an impressive 16th-century Elizabethan house, and Nottingham Castle are a must visit
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around Highfields Park — a 121-acre green space
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    Sleek both inside and out, this four-star hotel is well located in Sherwood Business Park. Stylish rooms are very modern with clean lines, dark hues, and large works of contemporary art. With great facilities including a gym, a bar, and a restaurant — this is ideal for business or leisure. See More

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  • Langar Hall Langar, Nottinghamshire 12 rooms from £109

    Garden  -  Set in lovely private parkland
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    RestaurantGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

    Mildly eccentric, magical Georgian private home turned hotel in the Vale of Belvoir, run with panache, quiet, in beautiful parkland. Good food, child friendly. See More

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  • The Residence at The Nottinghamshire Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 18 rooms from £111

    Weddings  -  A popular choice for luxurious countryside wedding celebrations. The Tiffany & Co Bridal Suite adds a special touch
    Business meetings  -  Designed for conferences, meetings & business retreats. Delegates will love airy function rooms & fab golf on-site
    Golf  -  With two 18-hole courses, the property's golf & country club is Nottinghamshire's only 36-hole golf complex
    Restaurant  -  With it's convivial club house feel, the light-filled open-plan restaurant & bar serves contemporary classics
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    Contemporary boutique rooms & suites on beautifully-maintained 340-acre golf course & country club a short drive from Nottingham. Spacious & colourful rooms work especially well for groups or families. Well set-up property for weddings & events with golf, function space & sociable restaurant & bar. See More

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  • Willoughby House Notts., Nottinghamshire 5 rooms from £120

    Country Escape  -  A charming village property surrounded by beautiful walking country.
    Local markets  -  Wander through Newark's farmer's market held in the town on the fourth Thursday of every month.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the 11th century Minster in nearby Southwell.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through Robin Hood country.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A traditional rural house in the pretty village of Norwell. A handful of individually styled rooms are brimming with character. Expect beamed ceilings, chintz fabrics and fireplaces. Homemade breakfasts are an indulgent affair and the welcome is ever warm. See More

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  • Hart's Hotel Nottingham (Park Row) 32 rooms from £125

    Sights nearby  -  The impressive Elizabethan mansion, Wollaton Hall and Park is certainly worth visiting.
    Great walks  -  The Arboretum is a peaceful oasis in the midst of a city.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    Located in the quieter 'Parks' area of town, Hart's is walking distance from the city centre. Rooms are small but unique with fur throws and some with private terraces. The restaurant serves a daily changing menu and there is an extensive beverage list. Make use of the leafy garden and courtyard. See More

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  • Glebe House, Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire 4 rooms from £130

    Country Escape  -  Located in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir in Leicestershire.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic town of Lincoln with its magnificent castle and cathedral is well worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Take a wander round the extensive grounds or in Muston Meadows Nature Reserve.
    Local markets  -  The market towns of Melton Mowbray, Stamford and Newark are close by.
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    Georgian former rectory B&B with extensive grounds and gardens. Guests have a choice of rooms - some with four poster beds - with great views of the local village and countryside. Dinners can be arranged on request, while the local pub serves a good menu. A great location for truly relaxing. See More

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  • Ye Olde Bell Retford, Nottinghamshire 59 rooms from £135

    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking trails.
    Local markets  -  Browse the wares at Retford Market.
    Traditional
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Set in a lovely 17th century coaching house, Ye Olde Bell is an excellent hotel in Nottinghamshire. The lovely rooms are adorned with ornate beds and tasteful antique furniture. The atmospheric restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy some delicious cuisine and there is a fantastic spa. See More

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  • Birchover Juniper Court Nottingham 3 rooms from £144

    Groups  -  Two-bedroom apartments all come with two bathrooms, making this ideal for those looking to share while maintaining privacy
    City Style  -  Sleek contemporary living in one of Nottingham's most exclusive neighbourhoods
    Minimum Stay  -  For the long-term residential 'flexi-let' arrangements, a 30 night minimum stay is required
    Sights nearby  -  Fab locations means you can walk to Nottingham Cathedral & Castle
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    Luxurious self-catered apartments in central Nottingham. The beautifully restored historic building offers spacious & contemporary multi-bedroom residences ideal for longer stays. On-trend furnishings & decor, plus all modern home comforts ensure a great set-up for families, friends or colleagues. See More

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  • Heritage Mews Nottingham 12 rooms from £157

    Families  -  All suites are one bedroom but can comfortably sleep between 3 - 5 people, making this a great value option
    City Style  -  Trendy & well-located base boasting all modern conveniences; ideal for both short visits or longer stays
    Local exploring  -  Formerly Nottingham's industrial centre, Lace Market has been transformed into a chic heritage district
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to Nottingham Castle & the city's famous Robin Hood statue
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    Upmarket self-catered boutique hotel in Nottingham's happening Lace Market area. An all-suite property, plush & well-designed units come with small kitchenettes, spoiling relaxation areas & outdoor space. On-trend decor & deluxe amenities make this a luxurious yet very affordable city-centre pad. See More

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  • Lace Market Hotel Nottingham 42 rooms from £158

    City Style  -  A sleek and sophisticated bolthole in Nottingham’s vibrant Lace Market district.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a two minute walk from the City of Caves.
    Traditional
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A hip hotel right in the centre of Nottingham. The urbane chic rooms are fronted by large floor-to-ceiling windows and boast excellent views. With an awarding winning restaurant, a trendy cocktail bar and more down-to-earth pub, the hotel has all the components for a great weekend in Nottingham. See More

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  • Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms Nottingham 7 rooms from £180

    Romantic Break  -  With atmospheric rooms and fine dining, this is the ideal option for a romantic weekend getaway
    Foodies  -  This hotel is all about the food — and it shows — having been awarded two Michelin stars
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Wollaton Hall a grand Tudor house dating back to 1580 or Nottingham Castle
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over eight are welcomed but it is really more of an adult stay
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    What may seem unassuming at first glance is in fact a stylish boutique with a two-star Michelin restaurant. A handful of moody rooms have a dark colour palette, carved wood beds, & sleek bathrooms with Aesop products. The restaurant serves seven & ten-course dinners and is well worth the trip alone. See More

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  • Birchover Bridgford Hall Nottingham 7 rooms from £280

    Families  -  With apartments ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms and well equipped kitchens, this is ideal for families of all sizes
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Wollaton Hall and the Nottingham Natural History Museum that lies inside
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    A collection of serviced apartments set within grand Bridgford Park. Apartments range from one-bedroom to three-bedrooms and each has a well-equipped kitchen. The design keeps the building's original features but it feels fresh and luxurious. Ideal for independent travellers. See More

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