Around Hodsock

Hodsock Priory sits on the border of two great counties – Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. Famous for the legend of Robin Hood and home to the Pilgrim Fathers, Nottinghamshire has much to offer visitors. Along with a vibrant art scene and a strong heritage offer, Nottinghamshire has an abundance of local produce, family attractions and acres of ancient woodland to explore and enjoy.

Take a trip due north and you’ll find yourself in the hearty county of Yorkshire. Explore three national parks and areas of outstanding beauty, discover a breathtaking coastline and uncover hidden culinary and heritage gems. For shopping head to historic city of York or enjoy the thrill of the chase with a day at the races at the famous Doncaster and York horse tracks.

There’s lots to do within a stone’s throw of the Hodsock Estate. At the end of the drive is the small village of Blyth with a handful of good pubs and the Norman church of St Mary and St Martin.

A few miles away is the town of Bawtry, known for its small boutiques, tea rooms and quality bars and restaurants.

The Dukeries

The Dukeries

Hodsock is near to an area in the north of Nottinghamshire known as the Dukeries due to the grand 18th century country estates that can be found there. A small collection of exclusive venues remain open to the public, those being Clumber, Welbeck and Thoresby.

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Clumber Park

Clumber Park is undoubtedly the flagship National Trust attraction in Nottinghamshire. The parkland and visitor centre sits 11 miles south of the Hodsock Estate and is open all year round for woodland walks and cycling.

Welbeck EstateStichelton Cheese making

Welbeck Estate

13 miles from Hodsock is the 15,000 acre Welbeck Estate, home to the award winning Harley Gallery, the Welbeck Farm Shop and the School of Artisan Food.

At the Welbeck Farm Shop you’ll find a range of local produce and the speciality Stichelton Cheese.

In the Harley Gallery there’s collections by leading British Designers and historical art exhibitions.

The School of Artisan Food is an up and coming facility dedicated to training and skilling in all aspects of artisan food production including bread and cheese making, charcuterie and brewing.

The Harley Gallery
Thoresby Hall

Thoresby Park

Just 13 miles from Hodsock is the Thoresby Estate, home of the magnificent Thoresby Hall and the grade II listed Courtyard and Gallery.

Here you’ll find a range of retail, heritage and cultural activities including theatre, exhibitions, café, plant centre and local creative industries.

The estate is open all year round and hosts a variety of events including food festivals and craft fairs.

Babworth Church

The Pilgrim Fathers

The nearby villages of Babworth, Austerfield and Scrooby are intrinsically linked to Nottinghamshire and were home to William Brewster and William Bradford, our very own Pilgrim Fathers.

Follow The Mayflower Trail around Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire and discover more about how our Nottinghamshire leaders helped establish the Plymouth Plantation and the American tradition of Thanksgiving.

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is one of Nottinghamshire’s most visited attractions.

Home to the world renowned Robin Hood and his Major Oak hideout, Sherwood is an essential spot on the local tourist trail.

There are footpaths and bridleways taking visitors around the ancient woodland and the Forest Table café and visitor centre are open daily.

Don’t miss the annual Robin Hood Festival every August.

Rufford Abbey

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford was once one of the great estates in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

The focal point is the 12th century Cistercian Abbey and the picturesque lake and watermill.

There are onsite shops, visitor information centre with motorised vehicle hire, two cafes and a restaurant.

The Children’s Play Village keeps little ones entertained and the annual programme of heritage and craft events mean there’s plenty to see and do.

Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Time really does stand still at Brodsworth Hall, one of the most unusual visitor attractions in South Yorkshire. Inside this beautiful Victorian country house almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home. Meanwhile the beautiful grounds have been restored to their full Victorian splendour.

With its new children’s play area, Brodsworth Hall is the ideal choice for a family day out in Doncaster.

Family at Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags

Discover the ice age at the limestone gorge, museum and wildlife reserve at Creswell. There’s a new discovery centre, museum and picnic area and caves network.

Wetlands Animal Park


Wetlands Animal Park is Nottinghamshire’s only zoo and based just a short drive from Hodsock at Sutton-cum-Lound. See alpacas, meercats, wallabie and yaks along with a variety of water fowl and birds.

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall and Gardens

Renishaw Hall is a stately home in Derbyshire, England which dates from the 17th century. It is a Grade I listed building. It has been the home of the Sitwell family for over 350 years. The house was built in 1625 by George Sitwell (1601–67) who in 1653 was High Sheriff of Derbyshire.

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Aeroventure, home of the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum is located on Doncaster Lakeside. A fascinating treasure trove of aviation history with many of the exhibits under cover, it’s ideal for sunny or rainy days. The museum has a Military and Civilian Aircraft collection from propeller training aircraft to Mach 2 Jet fighters, historic 60 year old RAF buildings, a helicopter collection, jet and piston engines, a WWII home front exhibition and a Sheffield Blitz Exhibition.

Doncaster Racecourse

Doncaster Racecourse

There are 33 racedays at the course which is home to the world’s oldest classic horserace, the St Leger.

Good food close by

Hodsock is just a mile away from Blyth. This small and traditional country village has some must-see features and is a frequent stop for wedding guests. Blyth has four pubs serving real ale and homemade food.

A short drive away is Bawtry where you’ll find the best variety of restaurants on our doorstep.

Take a look at the Visit Nottinghamshire website for more places to eat nearby.

North Notts Envoy

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North Notts Envoy is a scheme that unites businesses, organisations and individuals across North Nottinghamshire in a powerful network to change perceptions of our wonderful, diverse area and raise its profile.

Hodsock Priory is proud to be part of this scheme.