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Retford Station

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Retford Station
Station Road
DN22 7DE

Retford Station is located close to the town centre. The ticket office is open Monday-Friday 05:35 to 18:00, Saturday 05:35 to 16:10 and Sunday 08:20 to 16:10.

Car Park

The station car park contains 85 spaces with 3 accessible spaces available.

The carpark operates Monday to Sunday for 24 hours.

Daily rate: £9.00
Off peak rate: £5.50
Weekly rate: £33.00


Local buses operate to the town centre. For information about planning your onward journey from the station call 0871 200 22 33.


A taxi rank is located immediately opposite the station entrance, however advance booking is advisable.  The local operators are Earlybird on 01777 700 678 (wheelchair accessible taxi available), Hinchcliffe's on 01777 702 049, Shelley’s on 01777 700108 and Target Taxis on 01777 248948 (wheelchair accessible taxi available).

Things to See & Do in Retford

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Retford Market Square

The Market Square features a French-inspired Victorian Town Hall and ‘The Broad Stone’. According to legend this stone was used to disinfect coins during the plague times. It is also thought to be the upturned base of a boundary marker, perhaps the ‘Dominie Cross’. There is also a war memorial commemorating the men killed in WW1 and WW2.

Cannon Square & St Swithun's Church

Across from Market Square is Cannon Square, where you can see a cannon captured from the Russians during the Siege of Sevastopol at the end of the Crimean War in 1856, or have a look inside the historical St Swithun's Church.

For more information visit the St Swithuns website.

Retford Markets

The historic market town of Retford was granted its first charter (the right to hold a fair) by King Henry III in 1246 and this was extended in 1275 by King Edward I to allow a Saturday Market - a tradition that continues today. Retford Markets are held on a Thursday and Saturday and there is a bric-a-brac market on Fridays.

On the third Saturday of every month, Retford plays host to a popular Farmers’ Market where a variety of locally grown produce including fruit and vegetables, jams, meat, honey, ice creams, dairy produce and freshly prepared food and drink is on sale.

For more information visit the Bassetlaw District Council website.

The Bassetlaw Museum

The Bassetlaw Museum is located in Amcott House, an 18th century, grade II listed town house which retains many of its original features. Situated in Retford town centre, the museum covers North Nottinghamshire and includes the two market towns of Retford and Worksop. Collections include local history, archaeology, decorative and fine art, agriculture, costume and textiles and there is also an art gallery. Admission is free.

For more information visit the Basset Law Museum website.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

450 hectares of magnificent wildlife, including the largest wetlands in Nottinghamshire and over 250 bird species, the Idle Valley Nature Reserve is one of the top birding sites in the UK.

For more information visit the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust website.

The Retford Majestic Theatre

Featuring a mix of plays, concerts, opera and ballet, there is something to suit all tastes. For more information please call 01777 706866.

For more information visit The Retford Majestic Theatre website

Retford Little Theatre

Founded in 1941, Retford Little Theatre is an amateur drama group; five plays are presented each season (from September to May). For more information please call 01777 702002.

For more information visit the Retford Little Theatre website

Sherwood Forest

Famous for being the legendary home of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains some of the oldest trees in Europe, including five centuries old veteran oaks and the world-famous Major Oak - which still produces acorns after standing at the heart of the forest for an estimated 800 years! Admission to the park is free.

For more information visit The Sherwood Forest Trust website.

The Mayflower Trail

The District of Bassetlaw prides itself on being the birthplace of the United States of America, as it was here that the beginnings of religious Separatism are to be found. Three of the first four signatories to the Mayflower Compact came from Bassetlaw and the neighbouring county of South Yorkshire. This document is considered the earliest example of democracy in the United States and the forerunner of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Bassetlaw District Council developed the Mayflower Trial to describe, and link together the local places of historic interest related to the principal figures in the Pilgrims Fathers journey. This includes; Babworth Church, Austerfield Church, and Gainsborough Old Hall.

For more information visit the Pilgrim Fathers Origins website.

Food & Drink

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The Gate Inn

Smeath Lane, Clarborough, Retford, DN22 9JW. Tel: 01777 703397

The Gate Inn promises high quality food and drink and a relaxed atmosphere with open fireplaces, log fires and comfy leather sofas. There is a varied menu of appetising meals to suit all tastes, including special ‘fish’, ‘grill’ and ‘pie and a pint’ nights. You can dine in style in the modern restaurant which features a large south facing terrace overlooking the Chesterfield canal and gardens.

For more information visit The Gate Inn website.


London Road Clumber and Hardwick, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7JF. Tel: 01777 862710

Whitehouses is an award-winning family run pub and restaurant situated on the outskirts of Retford. The Chef-proprietor James specialises in the preparation of high quality dishes using a selection of fresh, local and seasonal produce.

For more information visit the Whitehouses website.

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant

Barnby Moor, Retford, DN22 8QS. Tel: 01777 705121

With a menu drawn from the region’s rural heritage and made from only the finest ingredients and locally sourced seasonal produce, Ye Olde Bell Restaurant promises an exquisite dining experience.

The restaurant itself is oak panelled with stunning black and gold fabrics, rich carpets and gleaming chandeliers. There is also a Club Lounge, St Leger Bistro-by-the-Bar and a new Inside Outside’ garden bar. The St Leger bar commemorates the famous race, which originated in 1776 as a wager between three local gents, and features a range of racing memorabilia and some crackling log fires.

For more information visit the Ye Old Bell website.

Everest Indian Cuisine

22 Grove Street Retford, DN22 6JR. Tel: 01777 704000

Serving a wide range of traditional Indian cuisine, this family-run restaurant has been open for 20 years now. Mondays offer a 2 for 1 deal on main meals, see website for more information.

Markham Moor Inn

Markham Moor Inn, Retford, DN22 0QU. Tel: 01777 838 229

The Markham restaurant offers a fantastic selection of menus including; pub dining, lunchtime, ‘Dine with Wine’, ‘Weekend Fine Casual Dining’, homemade desserts and Sunday lunches, all complemented by an extensive wine list.

The traditional country pub is open daily from 12pm until 11pm, serving 2 cask beers, lagers and bitters, soft drinks, wine, spirits, tea and coffee. Children are welcome until 9pm and there is a beer garden and outside children’s play area.

For more information visit the Markham Moor Inn website.

The King and Miller

North Road, Retford, DN22 7XW. Tel: 01777 703399

Serving a mix of good pub food and drinks, The King and Miller have a sizzling selection of their famous chicken, steak and grilled combo dishes, including Season N' Shake chicken, flame-grilled burgers and chargrilled 21-day aged steaks. The King and Miller promises affordable pub meals to suit all the family with a great selection of weekly special events and meal deals, a kid’s menu, traditional Sunday roasts, and a pub quiz on a Sunday. Food is served until 10pm.

For more information visit the Sizzling Pubs website.

Overnight in Retford

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Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Restaurant

Barnby Moor, Retford, BN22 8QS. Tel: 01777 705121

Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Restaurant is one of the best preserved inns in England. The hotel features original oak panelling and beams, leaded windows, antiques, sparkling chandeliers, sumptuous fabrics and crackling log fires. The hotel also has a hair and beauty treatment salon and fitness studio.

You are guaranteed a luxury stay, with all bedrooms individually styled with suites and four posters, power showers, claw-footed roll top baths, flat screen TVs and fluffy duvets.

For more information visit the Ye Olde Bell website.

Best Western, West Retford Hotel

24 North Road, Retford, DN22 7XG. Tel: 01777 706 333

Set in an 18th Century Georgian manor house and surrounded by 5 acres of landscaped gardens, this hotel offers warm hospitality and some stunning surroundings whilst you enjoy your stay in Retford.

For more information visit the West Retford Hotel website.

Markham Moor Inn

Markham Moor Inn, Retford, DN22 0QU. Tel: 01777 838 229

All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, free-view digital TV and free Wi-Fi, and full English breakfast.

For more information visit the Markham Moor Inn website.

Bartle House Bed and Breakfast

Hospital Road, Retford, DN22 7AZ. Tel: 07814 573601

Bartle House is a charming 19th-century cottage building, only a 3 minute walk away from the town. Suites have a super king-size bed, a spacious seating area and a work desk. There is a 36-inch TV, a DVD player, and free Wi-Fi is also available for guests.

There is a kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave. A cooked or continental breakfast is delivered each morning and guests also have access to the wonderful surrounding gardens.

The Barns Country Guesthouse

Morton Farm, Babworth, Retford, DN22 8HA. Tel: 01777 706336

The Barns Country Guesthouse offers comfortable B&B accommodation in a peaceful rural setting. Each room has ensuite facilities, TV and hospitality tray. The Guesthouse is close to many popular visitor attractions including; The Mayflower Trail and home of Pilgrim Father William Brewster, Sherwood Forest, dwelling of Robin Hood and many National Trust and English Heritage properties.

For more information visit The Barns Country Guesthouse website.

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