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The adaptation of Lionsgate “Robin Hood” opens this Thanksgiving weekend. In celebration, Visit Nottinghamshire announced two new Robin Hood tours to meet the increased demand from visitors who want to explore the story of the folklore hero.

In partnership with England’s Literary Greats project, Visit Nottinghamshire launched a new itinerary and tow new travel trade friendly products, which will join the city of Nottingham with Sherwood Forest for the first time in telling the tale of Robin Hood. Nottinghamshire is known worldwide as the home of outlaw hero, Robin Hood. The new itinerary will help tour operators plan trips to England as guests explore the legend and other literary greats associated with Nottingham.

The two new guided walking tours—The Robin Hood Town Tour with lunch at England’s Oldest Inn and the Legend of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest Tours both invite visitors on a character-led tour with Ezekiel Bone, who in the guise of Robin Hood explains the history of the legend while exploring historic Nottingham. Then, the guides of Cultural Heritage Tours take over for an adventurous exploration of the historic Sherwood Forest.

“We are very excited about launching these tours as they have so much to offer for international visitors. From stepping into the landscapes that inspired these authors and following in the footsteps of much-loved characters, to getting immersed in the scenery that became the settings for film and TV adaptations, the new Robin Hood experiences will educate and inspire cultural tourists,” says Alexandra Broughton of Visit Nottinghamshire in press materials. 

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Tour Newstead Abbey with Lord Byron himself. (Photo courtesy of VisitBritain.)

The new itinerary also suggests guests take a trip to Newstead Abbey, the former home of one of Britain’s greatest poets, Lord Byron. Here, visitors can wander through the grounds and gardens of the 300-acre estate while they meet the Lord himself and explore his life story on a character-led guided tour of the 12th century abbey.

These itineraries can be bought independently or incorporated into wider itineraries and tours that can be tailored as required. The itineraries also offer recommendations for accommodations, with a focus on trade or group-friendly properties, as well as those that relate to the theme or are quintessentially English. Also recommended are complementary experiences including food experiences and tastings, landscapes famous for film locations, or other sites of interest.

For more information, visit visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/plan-a-visit/travel/group-travel. Recommend’s managing editor took part in a Robin Hood tour throughout Nottinghamshire earlier this year, don’t miss her Onsite Review: Nottinghamshire.

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