The Famous “Robin Hood Express”
Sherwood Forest Archaeology and History Red Bus Group Tour

One Day Group Tour

A circular guided bus Tour from Nottingham around Sherwood Forest on-board a 1960s Routemaster London Bus.

 Telling the real story of the landscape of Legends…

Nottingham  -  Rufford Abbey  -  Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve  -  King John’s Palace  –  Newstead Abbey

Cultural Heritage Ltd are proud to present the

“Robin Hood Express”

Sherwood Forest Archaeological and Historical Bus Tour.

Join expert Archaeologists and Historians aboard a vintage 1960s London Bus on a tour of legendary Sherwood Forest

Renowned expert Archaeologists from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC’s Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project have been brought together with local Historian, Archaeologist and Specialist Peter Hammond , and Blackmore Commercials Ltd. To provide this fantastic heritage tour of legendary Sherwood Forest.

The tour combines unrivalled local knowledge of historic Sherwood Forest with an opportunity to ride on board a vintage RouteMaster bus.

The tour stops at the famous Sherwood sites of Rufford Abbey, The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve & Legendary Major Oak, King John’s Palace, and Newstead Abbey.

You will also explore many of the sites and villages along the way that make up this magical landscape.

The tour stops for an hour at Rufford Abbey to allow for a visit around the site and for refreshments stops at the various cafes at the site, and to visit the shop and exhibitions.

The tour also stops for an hour at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve to allow visitors time to explore and also to purchase lunch or eat at the visitors centre, and to visit the shop and exhibitions.

The afternoon visits are for half an hour at King John’s Palace with a tour of the site provided by Andy Gaunt of Mercian.*

The visit to Newstead includes an external tour of the buildings by Peter Hammond. An internal tour can be booked on arrival but is subject to the usual charge for the site. The cafe is available for afternoon teas.

The tour departs from Wellington Circus in Nottingham at 9:30am and returns by 17:30 depending on traffic.

No food or refreshments are provided on the journey. Toilets are available at three of the sites as outlined above- there are currently no toilet facilities at King John’s Palace.

Some comments people have said about the tour:

“I knew that this tour would be right up my street, so to speak, taking in Nottinghamshire’s great historic sites and exploring our county’s rich heritage and legendary status along the way and driven in an iconic vintage RouteMaster bus! It’s not every tour that will show you where Will Scarlett is buried and the place where Robin Hood and Maid Marian married – a ‘fact’ which our knowledgeable guide laughingly told us! And that was the order of the day on this tour: amazing knowledge of the areas we passed through provided by our guide, host and bus conductor Andy Gaunt of Mercian Archaeology, mixed with a great degree of humour.” - Visit Nottinghamshire

This truly was a magical mystery tour which just kept getting better…” - Visit Nottinghamshire.

this is something that will be a popular attraction for not just tourists but those of us born and bred in Nottingham. For the latter, we might think that we know it all but in reality what we might know is just the surface, the experts… will blow your mind with all that they know and have to tell you . . . all with a smile and plenty of good cheer!” - Visit Nottinghamshire

“Excellent, informative and entertaining Red Bus Trip round Sherwood Forest today, a great introduction to the historical, social and political influences in our unique and undervalued landscape”.

“”Great to tour around the area with a guide who brings history to life. Cheers Andy”

“thank you for a great day out. Really enjoyed the interesting talks on all the places visited. We are local to many of the sites visited, but learned much more”

“This trip is such good value. A great way to explore Nottinghamshire, this was my fourth trip but each time I see and hear something new.”.(

“Well done to all involved”

“I was on the bus tour yesterday with my 10 year old grand daughter. We had a fantastic day out, made all the better for Andy's in depth knowledge of the area. I have lived in Nottingham for all of my 72 years and didn't know half the information he knew. We really enjoyed it…”

“We had a super time! Can definitely recommend.” - Experience Nottinghamshire via facebook.

"Many thanks for a really enjoyable day. The itinerary was generous with plenty if time to explore four of the most interesting locations in the county. The on-board commentary was entertaining and authoritative. Andy is a mine of information with regard to Sherwood Forest and environs and Peter's skill behind the wheel was complemented by his infectious enthusiasm. Congratulations to Sherwood Forest Tours and Mercian Archaeological Services on an outstanding 'inaugural flight'. I hope there are many more."

… all aboard the Robin Hood Express…

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About your tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.

Mercian are a professional archaeology company who specialists in Community Archaeology, Public Involvement, Research & Training, and are based in Sherwood Forest.

Andy Gaunt Cultural Heritage Sherwood Forest Tours

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC run the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project a long-term research project in the heart of the world famous Forest.

Experienced tourist guides and heritage tourism practitioners they are the leading experts on the archaeology and history of Sherwood Forest and are renowned for their unrivalled knowledge of the landscape, history, archaeology and heritage of the Sherwood Forest landscape.

As part of the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Mercian are leading the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey and as such know the archaeology of the ancient forest better than anyone.

Mercian regularly talk and present on archaeology to groups and at conferences, and are passionate about teaching and education.

They have made a number of TV appearances as experts on Sherwood Forest, including in the UK on the BBC, Channel Four (Walking Through History, and site consultancy for Time Team), and Channel Five (Secrets Beneath Britain), as well as internationally including for ARTE (France & Germany), They have been interviewed a number of times on BBC Radio 4 including the ‘Making History’ show, and provided consultancy for BBC Radio 3. They have also been interviewed in magazines and for newspapers including in the United States, and UK.

For information about booking tours for your group please contact us via the email address below.

Please note we can cater for groups of up to 70 people, and we can tailor the trip to your requirements, including picking you up and dropping off from your preferred location.

A fantastic day trip out for tourism, educational groups, study groups, team building days, corporate away days, group excursions, foreign exchange groups, tourist groups and many more…

Why not jump on board the Robin Hood Express and bring your group on this fantastic trip of discovery through Historic Sherwood Forest legendary home of Robin Hood.

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*Private Group Booking Information*

For large groups 30 - 70 people.


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