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About Nottinghamshire

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

  • Langar Hall Langar, Nottinghamshire 12 rooms from £109

    Garden  -  Set in lovely private parkland
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    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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  • 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.
    Pet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    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.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    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.

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    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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  • 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.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantNo pets

    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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