Clumber Park (9 miles)
This beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Now managed by the National Trust, the extensive grounds contain a Gothic-style chapel, a walled kitchen garden and a magnificent lake. The idyllic setting is the perfect place for secluded walks and exploring with family and friends, including the majestic 2 miles of Limetree Avenue.
Sherwood Forest (14 miles)
Once home to England's most famous outlaw of legend, Sherwood Forest was originally designated a royal hunting forest that extended into several neighbouring counties alongside Nottinghamshire. Now measuring just over 1,000 acres, the forest is a National Nature Reserve with waymarked trails taking you through some of its most interesting spots. Admission is free.
Gainsborough (12 miles)
One of the capital cities of Anglo-Saxon Mercia, this attractive Lincolnshire town was named after the Gaini tribe - King Alfred married the chief's daughter Ealswitha in 868. The Danish king Canute is reputed to have attempted to turn back the tide here on the River Trent. The town boasts several interesting historical buildings, including a well-preserved 15th century manor house, Gainsborough Old Hall, and the remains of a medieval church with links to the Knights Templar.
Lincoln (22 miles)
Just over 30 minutes drive from The Elms is the beautiful and historic city of Lincoln, with its spectacular 12th century cathedral and well-preserved Norman castle. The city also boasts a vibrant centre with shops, fancy tearooms, cafes and restaurants including the legendary pie shop Browns, frequented by TE Lawrence, better known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
Bolsover Castle (20 miles)
The magnificent Bolsover Castle was built by the Peverel family in the 12th century. Its highest point, known as Little Castle, was completed in 1621. A Scheduled Ancient Monument, the castle is maintained by English Heritage and offers spectacular views over the Vale of Scarsdale and the Derbyshire landscape.
Mr Straw's House (10 miles)
An ordinary-looking semi-detached property in Worksop, Mr Straw's House gives visitors a fascinating glimpse of life back in the 1920s. Originally owned by a grocer, the family chose to live without modern comforts, instead preserving everything from its period wallpaper to its kitchen shelves stacked with pots and jars. The house was given to the National Trust and advance booking is recommended.