Explore Robin Hood country

In his book Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson said: “Retford, I am pleased to report, is a delightful and charming place.” Along with its appealing market square, another of its trump cards is that it’s so well connected. It’s a stop on the main rail route from Scotland to London, and Doncaster, York, Leeds and Sheffield are all within easy reach. You’re also well placed to go on the trail of Nottinghamshire’s most famous son.

Head to Sherwood Forest

The legendary home of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men is a 30-minute drive from Retford. Admission is free, but there’s a small charge to park your car. Follow the trails among the leafy glades and stand in the shadow of the mighty Major Oak, imagining Robin, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and the gang fending off big, bad King John.

Don’t miss Retford’s best bits

In Retford itself, you’ve got plenty to keep you occupied. Kings’ Park is one of the best in the whole country. The River Idle runs through it, and there are quiet spots where you can watch the world go by. If you want to play there are tennis courts, a bowling green and splash park for little ones. Bassetlaw Museum looks at the town’s role in the story of the Pilgrim Fathers, who fled to America in 1620 after being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Retford? Travelodge Markham Moor is close by, and 5 miles from Sherwood Forest. Our Travelodge Blyth Hotel is just off the A1(M).