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  • 1 Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Ravenshead

    An abbey in name only, the medieval priory was converted into a private house in the 16C which was the ancestral seat of Lord Byron (1788-1824). The 19C rooms include the apartments of Byron and a selection of his manuscripts, memorabilia and portrai..

  • 2 Castle Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    rd. Castle

    The buildings that survived the riots and fire in 1831 now house a museum and art gallery containing Bronze Age, Roman and Greek antiquities, ceramic pieces, jewellery, glass and 16C Italian, 17C Dutch, 17C French and 18 to 20C English paintings. Dis..

  • 3 Wollaton Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Wollaton House, home to a natural history museum, is an exuberant display of Elizabethan grandeur, built by Robert Smythson, and was the architect's most important commission after Longleat. Like Longleat, the hall is outward looking and the inner co..

  • 4 Sherwood Forest

    Nature and gardens

    Edwinstowe

    Originally one of England's 65 royal forests, Sherwood escaped the ravages of commercial forestry thanks to protective laws applying to royal hunting lands. This poachers' paradise became an oulaws' lair, notably for Robin Hood and his men. The fores..

  • 5 D.H. Lawrence Birthday Museum

    Museums and art

    av. Foster

    This tiny, restored terraced cottage was the first of the Lawrence family homes in Eastwood. Exhibits and a video presentation in the museum give a useful insight into the writer's early life and influences in this small mining town.

  • 6 Galleries of Justice Museum

    Museums and art

    The Lace Market

    The museum is hidden behind an elegant 18C façade. The turnkey takes visitors down into the cramped prison conditions of the Middle Ages and provides a wealth of information on the country's penal and legal system.

  • 7 Tales of Robin Hood

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    30-38 Maid Marian Way

    Adventure cars carry visitors through a recreated Sherwood Forest to illustrate the legend of the medieval outlaw using models, sound and smell effects. Archery lessons are also given on the Shoot the Sheriff of Nottingham range.

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