“Robin Hood Express” One-Day Bus Tour Dates Announced for 2020

We are pleased to announce the public tour dates for 2020 of the Famous “Robin Hood Express” Sherwood Forest Archaeology and History Red Bus Tour One Day Tour…  Why not come with friends and family, or with members of your history group, student group, U3A, Womens Institute, archaeology society, Rotary Club, church, choir… or anything else you might be a member of!

Pick-up & Drop-off at Nottingham Playhouse at 9:30am

Thursday 28th May, Thursday 9th July, & Thursday 27th August, 2020


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

Visiting: Nottingham – Rufford Abbey – Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre/National Nature Reserve – King John’s Palace – Newstead Abbey

Renowned expert archaeologists from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (us!); 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 departs from Wellington Circus in Nottingham at 9:30am and returns at 17:30 depending on the traffic.

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 (an hour) at Rufford Abbey to allow for a visit around the site and for refreshments stops at the various cafes at the site, 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 talk by Peter Hammond.  The cafe is available for afternoon teas.

Some comments people have said about the tour:

“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 of 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”.

We really hope that you will come and join us on one of these tours – if you are part of a local group the why not arrange to come along with other members and enjoy a day out with your friends!

Please share this email with anyone you think would be interested, the more the merrier!  Best wishes, Andy Gaunt, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC is a limited company registered in England and Wales.  

Company Registration No. 08347842; Registered offices:

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC, Staffordshire House, Beechdale Road, Nottingham, NG8 3FH

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