Edwinstowe is a large village in the Sherwood Forest, in Nottinghamshire, England. You may recognise the name of the forest from Robin Hood, and in fact that is exactly the same place: Edwinstowe was the home of the famous thief and his fair lady, Maid Marian. The name Edwinstowe is derived from King Edwin of Northumbria, who was killed on a battlefield near the present-day town and whose body was hidden in the church.
Edwinstowe lies in the middle of the shire and only has bus access. The nearest train arrives at Manfield, 6km away, but buses run into the town, at least one per day. If you have your own transport, you will find getting here much easier. Nottingham and Sheffield are the closest large towns; both are about 50 minutes away.
Tourism is the main economy here; it used to be a coal mining town until the colliery closed in 2015. Edwinstowe is the base for tours into the forest; your hostel can help you arrange one. There are several nature centres, hiking trail, and bicycling routes. The Sherwood Forest is a conservation area for species of beetles and spiders; don’t be alarmed if you see one!
Hostel accommodation in Edwinstowe is found in the main village, just off the main street, across from the park. The town has several pubs, cafes, and shops to buy food at. During the day, Edwinstowe is a busy tourist town with shuttles around the various parks, the forest, and the craft centre. The Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre is where local vendors display their homemade chocolates, soaps, jewellery, and more. There is also a cafe on the premises. If you have your own car, Edwinstowe is a great place to choose a hostel, as its central to much of the Nottinghamshire attractions like the many market towns, forests, and lakes. Nottinghamshire also has several ruined abbeys worth visiting; they are Newstead Abbey (most well known as the home of Lord Byron, twenty minutes away) and Welbeck Abbey (thirty minutes away).
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