Clumber Park

Clumber Park BridgeExtensive landscaped park, designed and planted by 'Capability Brown'. The grounds contain a large lake, areas of woodland, grassland and heath.
Run by National Trust.

Opening times: daily (exc. 19 Aug and 25 Dec)
Admission Charge
Location: The Estate Office, Clumber Park, Worksop - S80 3AZ - Tel: 01909 476592 - Website
Facilities: parking, café, restaurant, shop, garden centre.
Image Credit: Dave Hostad (CC0)

D. H. Lawrence Heritage Centre

Durban House, in the writer's home town of Eastwood, is both the D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum and a Heritage Centre, where visitors can discover the fascinating story about the son of a miner who became one of the 20th century's most influential writers.

Opening times: all year, Apr~Oct, daily 10am - 5pm; Nov~Mar, daily 10am - 4pm (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Durban House Heritage Centre, Mansfield Rd, Eastwood - NG16 3DZ - Tel: 01773 717353 - Website
Facilities: parking, café, restaurant, shop.

Rufford Abbey and Country Park

The romantic ruins of this 12th century Cistercian Abbey are set in the heart of a large wooded country park, with a lake and formal gardens. The abbey houses a museum about the life of the Cistercian Monks at Rufford.

Opening times: all year 10.30am - 5pm. Free Entry
Location: Ollerton - NG22 9DF - Tel: 01623 822944 - Website
Facilities: parking (charged), café, restaurant, shop, garden centre.

Newark Millgate Museum and Gallery

The museum contains a wide range of exhibits including a number of recreated period scenes of streets, shops and houses. The gallery provides an exhibition space for local artists, designers and photographers.

Opening times: currently closed
A new museum is due to be opened at the Old Magnus Buildings, Appletongate, Newark in 2014.
Tel: 01636 655777 or 655730 for details.

Newark Air Museum


A historic WWII airfield, with a wide variety of planes and aircraft, housed both outside and in large undercover display halls. Visitors can see over 70 aircraft on display, including transport aircraft, jet fighters, bombers and helicopters.

Opening times: all year, Mar~Sep daily 10am - 5pm; Oct~Feb, daily 10am - 4pm (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: The Airfield, Winthorpe - NG24 2NY - Tel: 01636 707170 - Website
Facilities: parking, café, shop.

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey was converted into a house in the 1540s. It was once the ancestral home of Lord Byron, who was forced to sell it in 1818 to pay his debts. The extensive and beautifully landscaped grounds contain waterfalls, ponds, water gardens and Japanese gardens. Special events and Ghost Tours run throughout the season (phone for details).

Opening times: grounds all year, daily 9am - dusk (closed last Fri in Nov & Xmas); House Apr~Sep, daily 12am - 5pm Admission Charge
Location: Newstead Abbey Park - NG15 8NA - Tel: 01623 455900 - Website
Facilities: parking, café.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Major Oak - Sherwood Forest

This once vast forest, which covered half of Nottinghamshire, is now just a country park covering around 450 acres of ancient oaks and silver birches. However it is still large enough to experience the Robin Hood legend. Way marked trails and paths are provided through the forest, leading to the famous Major Oak. The pathways are reasonably flat and even, making it readily accessible. A programme of special events is run each year, including the spectacular Robin Hood Festival.

Opening times: all year. Park: daily dawn to dusk. Visitor Centre: open daily 10am - 5pm Free Entry
Location: on the B6034 near Edwinstowe - NG21 9HN - Tel: 01623 823202 - Website
Facilities: parking (charged), visitor centre, café, restaurant, shop.

The Workhouse

A surviving example of one of the few remaining brick-built British workhouses from the 19th century. Audio guides and interactive displays describe the horrific story of the 'welfare' system of the 'New Poor Law' and the life of the poor over the last few centuries.

Opening times: open all year, call or see website for details. Admission Charge
Location: Upton Rd, Southwell - NG25 OPT - Tel: 01636 817250 - Website
Facilities: parking.

Vina Cooke Museum of Dolls & Bygone Childhood

The museum houses a large collection of Victorian and Edwardian dolls dating back to the 18th century, including Vina Cooke hand-made character dolls. Other exhibits include dolls' houses, prams, toys, soft toys and period costumes.

Opening times: opening times vary, see website for details. Admission Charge
Location: The Old Rectory, Cromwell, Newark - NG23 6JE - Tel: 01636 821364 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop.

Wetlands Waterfowl Reserve & Exotic Bird Park


Nature reserve for both animals and exotic waterfowl, covering a 32 acre site. Wildlife includes birds of prey, parrots, geese, ducks, and other wild animals such as deer, llamas, wallabies, goats, emus, monkeys and red squirrels.

Opening times: all year (closed Xmas), daily 10am - 5.30pm or dusk Admission Charge
Location: Sutton-Cum-Lound, Nottinghamshire - DN22 8SB
Tel: 01777 818099 - Website
Facilities: parking, café, shop.

White Post Farm Centre

Children's farm activity park with more than 3000 animals including pigs, goats, sheep, bats, reptiles and meerkats. Indoor play area for small children, plus a sledge run, trampolines and pedal go-karts etc.

Opening times: daily from 10am Admission Charge
Location: Farnsfield - NG22 8HL - 01623 882977 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop.

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