The Talbot Inn is a classic English pub located in the heart of Mansfield. With its cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day. The menu features classic pub fare like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and steak and ale pie, as well as a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits. The Talbot Inn is also a great spot for live music, with regular performances by local bands and musicians.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more refined, The Tea Cosy is the place to go. This charming tea room offers a wide selection of loose leaf teas, as well as a variety of cakes, scones, and sandwiches. The decor is vintage-inspired, with floral wallpaper, mismatched china, and cozy armchairs. The Tea Cosy is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon tea with friends or a romantic date.
For a taste of history, head to The Sir John Cockle. This historic pub has been serving customers since the 18th century and retains much of its original charm. The menu features classic pub fare, as well as a few more modern dishes. There’s also a great selection of beers, wines, and spirits, as well as a cozy beer garden for warmer days. The Sir John Cockle is a must-visit for anyone interested in Mansfield’s rich history.
For a quick and tasty bite to eat, The Mansfield Deli is the place to go. This casual cafe offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups, all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There’s also a selection of cakes and pastries for those with a sweet tooth. The Mansfield Deli is a great spot for a quick lunch or a takeaway meal.
If you’re willing to venture a bit further afield, The Huthwaite Tap is a hidden gem that’s well worth the trip. This cozy pub is located in the nearby village of Huthwaite and offers a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits, as well as a great menu of classic pub fare. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, with a real community feel. The Huthwaite Tap is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the town and enjoy a relaxing drink with friends.
No matter what your taste, there’s sure to be a cafe, pub, or restaurant in Mansfield that you’ll love. These five spots are just the beginning – be sure to explore the town and discover your own favourites.
There is plenty of history around Mansfield. We want to share with you 5 historical outings in the local area in and around Mansfield.
If you are passionate about history and want to get out and about in the Mansfield area, or just want to find out more, we want to help and share our favourite places. Getting out and about in your local area is a great way to stay involved, active and happy. Take a trip to the past and discover some of the fun to be had in the local area.
The Major Oak
The Major Oak is a large English oak tree, located in the heart of Sherwood Forest, near the village of Edwinstowe, around fifteen minutes northeast of Mansfield centre. Folklore says that this tree was Robin Hood’s shelter where he and his merry men slept. The tree is an ancient giant that is a must see! It’s canopy spreads to 28 metres, it has a trunk circumference of 11 metres and weighs 23 tonnes. Unfortunately, you are unable to get up and personal with our big tree as it is protected by fences all around it
The exact age of the tree is unknown but it is estimated that it stood through the Vikings, the Battle of Hastings, Agincourt, Waterloo, the births and deaths of Shakespeare, Henry VII, Dickens, Darwin, Newton, Chaucer, Cromwell, the two world wars and over 50 monarchs. Imagine all the things this tree has seen over the years!!
“Fantastic day out for all the family and people of all ages” Kelly Grey – Home Instead Mansfield
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is accessible for everyone, with accessible parking next to it, disabled toilets and a large Changing Places Facility with a hoist, shower, toilet and changing facilities for the comfort of disabled users and their carers. There are some surfaced trails but some of the pathways do have inclines and may not be suitable for wheelchair users. You can hire mobility scooters at £3 per hour which you need to book in advance.
The National Holocaust Centre and Museum
The Holocaust Centre is based in Laxton, a village close to Ollerton. It was formed in 1995 by Stephen and James Smith. They visited the Yad Vashem (Israel’s national holocaust museum) with their mother in 1995 and realised that their Holocaust knowledge was limited so wanted to share what they had learned with everyone here in the UK, especially to students.
The centre is a charity, and it took many years of fund raising and hard work to create the Centre and museum. This amazing place holds two permanent exhibitions, a memorial and reflective space, education and training space, beautiful landscaped gardens and viewing galleries to learn about the Holocaust.
The centre has accessible toilets and there is disabled parking opposite the main entrance to the museum. The building is a Victorian Farmhouse so there are limits in physical access. They have audio description available in the Journey and some films are subtitled and they have an inhouse T-loop hearing system in place. There is a lift available.
Newstead Abbey is located 12 miles north of Nottingham in a village called Ravenshead. It was founded as monastic house in the twelfth century and is steeped in over 800 years of history. It was the home of Lord Byron the romantic poet from 1808 to 1814. You can still see the private apartments of Lord Byron which still holds personal items, such as furniture, letters, manuscripts, and portraits, as well as his gilt wood bed, pistol and the desk which he wrote his poems from. Byron sold the abbey in 1818 to Thomas Wildman who held it until 1861 when William Frederick Webb purchased it who was an African explorer. You can also see the Victorian Kitchen and room displays, paintings, letters, deeds and diaries, photo albums of the Abbey, plus cloisters from the monastic period and magnificent gardens.
There is accessible toilets and they offer free admission to carers who are visiting with the person they care for. Assistance dogs are welcome in the house, café, shop, park and gardens.
Papplewick Pumping Station
A beautiful pumping station situated on Rigg Lane in Ravenshead was designed in the early 1880s to pump millions of gallons of clean fresh water everyday to the increasing population of industrial Nottingham. Today the pumping station trust is a registered charity and have preserved the stunning pumping station so you can visit. You can even have a wedding here and they hold steam events throughout the year. Visit https://www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk/visit-us.html.
The station is accessible to all but the engine house is a historical building and there is a flight of steps leading to the porch and main door, there are also internal stairs for reaching the upper floors.
Situated in Papplewick, Nottinghamshire within a beautiful woodland garden sits the stunning Papplewick Hall. It was built by Frederick Montague between 1781 and 1786. The house is a grade 1 listed house. With its stunning gardens and some fine contemporary decoration and an elegant staircase, it is open to the public on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of every month from 2pm-5pm. http://www.papplewickhall.co.uk/
We really do have some amazing historical places to visit in the Mansfield area. We don’t have to travel to far from home to visit some local sites in Ravenshead, Ollerton, Edwinstowe and Papplewick. So what you waiting for, there are lots to learn close to home, so get out on a journey of discovery!
Sherwood Forest is famous for its association with Robin Hood, but it’s also a stunning area to explore on foot. The forest is home to ancient trees, peaceful streams, and an abundance of wildlife. The Major Oak, a giant tree that is said to be over 800 years old, is a must-see attraction. There are several trails of varying lengths and difficulties to choose from, making it a great destination for all levels of walkers.
Rufford Abbey Country Park is a beautiful park located just a short drive from Mansfield. The park covers over 150 acres and is home to a variety of habitats, including woodland, wetland, and grassland. There are several walking trails to choose from, including a short stroll around the lake or a longer walk through the woods. The park also features an impressive abbey ruin, a gift shop, and a cafe.
The Teversal Trails are a network of footpaths and bridleways that wind their way through the beautiful countryside around Teversal. The trails cover over 70 miles and offer something for walkers of all abilities. Whether you’re looking for a short stroll or a more challenging hike, you’ll find it here. The trails are well-marked and pass through areas of natural beauty, including woodlands, meadows, and hills.
Vicar Water Country Park is a beautiful park located just a short distance from Mansfield. The park covers over 30 acres and features a lake, woodlands, and meadows. There are several walking trails to choose from, including a gentle stroll around the lake or a longer hike through the woods. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, squirrels, and rabbits.
The Robin Hood Way is a long-distance footpath that runs for over 100 miles through the beautiful countryside of Nottinghamshire. The route passes through several towns and villages, including Mansfield, and offers walkers the opportunity to explore some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes. The trail is well-marked and passes through woodlands, meadows, and hills. While it’s possible to walk the entire route, there are also shorter sections that can be tackled as day walks.
No matter what your fitness level or walking preferences are, there’s sure to be a walk around Mansfield that you’ll love. These five walks are just the beginning – be sure to explore the area and discover your own favorites
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