Robin Hood’s legend lives on in Nottinghamshire! From visiting the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, said to be the hiding place of Robin and his Merry Men, to meeting Robin Hood himself on a walking tour of Nottingham city. The county is rich in the history of this worldfamous legend. Nottinghamshire also hosts a number of events celebrating Robin Hood throughout the year; Robin Hood Festival, Robin Hood Beer Festival and Robin Hood Pageant. Visitors can also try archery in Sherwood Forest and pose with one of the many Robin Hood statues around the county.Nottingham is home to the oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. The pub is an attraction in itself – built into caves beneath Nottingham Castle and full of stories and traditions. In addition, the city is home to some other very special traditional pubs – including the Malt Cross, a former music hall where Charlie Chaplin once performed! Ye Olde Salutation Inn and the Bell Inn are two of England’s other oldest pubs.
Nottingham is built upon a bed of soft sandstone and has over 400 man-made caves beneath its streets. Visitors can experience these caves with a visit to the City of Caves attraction – examining the caves from medieval times to now – Nottingham Castle’s caves or enjoying a drink in a cave at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem or Hand and Heart.
Nottingham’s grand Elizabethan mansion, Wollaton Hall, was used as the location for ‘Wayne Manor’ in the brand new Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, which was released in July 2012. The Hall is located close to Nottingham city centre, and is set in a 500-acre deer park. Visitors can go on a behind the scenes tour to find out about the making of the film. The grounds and Hall are FREE to visit and are rich in history, wildlife and stories.
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