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Mini guide to Mansfield


Mansfield is one of the largest urban centres in Nottinghamshire outside the city of Nottingham. It is famous as a market town and is centred on the 700-year-old open-air market that is complemented by a number of specialist shops and upmarket boutiques. The town is also home to a generous number of historic buildings and is surrounded by the legendary Sherwood Forest.

Mansfield's status as a market town dates back centuries, with a markets charter having been granted by Henry III in 1227. Today the market remains a chief attraction and offers a range of stalls selling everything from local fruit and vegetables to clothing and fashion accessories. Specialty markets, including the European Market twice a year during summer and autumn which offers local produce, plants and crafts, feature regularly.

Mansfield is home to numerous historic churches including St Edmund's Church, built in 1310 and restored in 1847. An impressive 19th century viaduct runs through the centre of the town and consists of 15 arches, making it one of the largest viaducts in an English town. The Old Town Mill dates back to the 13th century and is now a popular public house in the town centre. Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery documents the town's rich cultural and industrial heritage.

A surprisingly large range of international cuisine is on offer in Mansfield, from Thai to Indian and traditional British food. Numerous pubs serve a variety of traditional meals, with street cafés, sandwich bars and fast food outlets also available. Pubs, bars and nightclubs are concentrated in the town centre, while the Palace Theatre and the Old Library provide a more cultured experience.

A wealth of sights and attractions are located within a short driving distance of the town centre. Hardwick Hall, situated on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border, is an exquisite Elizabethan mansion with a collection of 17th century tapestries and embroideries. Sherwood Forest Country Park, the legendary home of Robin Hood, boasts ancient oak forests; while Newstead Abbey is the former home of the poet Lord Byron.

Mansfield is easily accessible from the M1 motorway at junctions 27, 28 and 29, while the A617 and A1 offer handy north-south links. The local railway station is located in the town centre just a couple of minutes walk from the main market square. There are coach links to all major cities in the UK and the nearest airport is at Nottingham, around 15 miles to the southeast.

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