Out & About
From fishing to riding, golfing to swimming, whatever your passion you’ll find it conveniently nearby at award-winning locations throughout the area. Below is just a sample of what’s available, so follow the links for more information and ideas for your Archway House holiday.
Near the local village of Edwinstowe is the Sherwood Forest Visitors' Centre a must for all things Robin Hood, including of course the Major Oak, while in the village itself the ancient church of St Mary’s is traditionally said to be where Robin Hood and Maid Marion tied the knot.
The stately homes and extensive country parks of the Dukeries are all within easy reach. Rufford Country Park is just 3 miles away, and offers 150 acres of peaceful, lakeside walks, a medieval abbey, craft centre, children’s play village and much more.
Other heritage attractions include Newstead Abbey, home of Lord Byron, and Eastwood, home of Nottinghamshire’s great literary genius, D.H. Lawrence. Look at 'Visit Nottingham' and Nottinghamshire County Council for the full range of facilities, activities and events on offer at these and other sites.
12 miles away is Newark, one of the county’s finest medieval market towns. Home to the world famous Newark Antique Fair, it is historically important for its central role in landmark events of the Civil War. In addition to its rich historical associations and lovely medieval streets and buildings, Newark offers international, organic and vegan fine dining in a range of cafés and restaurants, plentiful antique shops, weekly auctions, high street and independent shops of every kind. www.newark.gov.uk gives up-to-date information about special events in the town.
Another historic market town is Southwell, 6 miles away and famous for its magnificent, 900 year-old Minster and elegant Prebendal houses. The Civil War connections continue here, most famously because Charles I slept at the Saracen’s Head Inn on his last night of freedom. The original 200 year-old tree that started the now world-famous Bramley Apple variety continues to fruit in a private garden in the town. The town also offers plentiful antique and high street shopping, tourist attractions and great food at historic inns. Please see www.southwellcouncil.com for fuller information.
Nottingham, 17 miles away, is a vibrant, multicultural city that offers a wealth of historic, cultural and culinary delights to satisfy all tastes. Nottingham Castle is of course a must for all those who want to see the real places behind the Robin Hood legend, with the statue of the man himself. It is also a significant site in English history, and the place where the opening scene of the Civil War was played out, when Charles I raised his standard against Cromwell. With world-class museums, art galleries and theatres, not to mention hundreds of restaurants and pubs offering an impressive range of British and international cuisine, the city of Nottingham makes for a truly memorable day or evening visit.
If you’re staying long enough and want to see even more, we’re only 45 minutes from Chatsworth House and the delights of the Peak District, or 1 hour away from Lincoln with its famous Cathedral, cobbled streets and great shops.
The Major Oak
Robin hood statue at Nottingham Castle