Titled the ‘Queen of the Midlands’ at the start of the 20th century, Nottinghamshire is a hub of lush landscapes and rich history. Explore the earthy bowels of Nottingham that houses a unique network of caves. Head to Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge brimming with cliffs and caves that straddles the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Play archaeologist as you examine fossils of ancient beasts, tools of early humans and the northernmost ice age cave art in all of Europe. Explore all of its four main sites for a unique glimpse into cave use throughout time.
Discover over 200 acres of cycling and walking trails at Rushcliffe Country Park. Feel at peace as you delve into wildflower meadows, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas. Enjoy an afternoon birdwatching by the 2-hectare lake, where you can see mute swans, great crested grebes and various duck species. Also look out for skylarks, finches, cuckoos, kestrels, sparrow hawks, reed buntings, reed warblers and sedge warblers. Then head next door to find the famous Great Central Railway, which you can walk into directly from the country park. Spend an afternoon trainspotting as you stand on the railway bridge to watch the trains go by.
No trip to Nottingham would be complete without a visit to the iconic Sherwood Forest – a royal forest made famous by its historic association with the legend of Robin Hood. Admire the most famous resident of the Sherwood Forest: the iconic Major Oak, the biggest oak tree in Britain. Legend has it that when the forest was home to this famous outlaw, Robin and his Merry Men used the Major Oak for shelter, camping beneath its branches and hiding inside its massive trunk. Nowadays, the Major Oak is fenced off. But keep your eyes peeled as this ancient tree provides a home and shelter to hundreds of living things; beetles, bats, fungi, squirrels and spiders amongst much more! Sherwood Forest is so special because there are almost 1000 other ancient oak trees like the Major Oak, providing homes for the amazing variety of wildlife you can find in the forest.