Bassetlaw District Council

About Worksop

Worksop is a thriving market town located at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Believed to have been in existence since Anglo Saxon times, the town is aptly dubbed the 'gateway to the Dukeries' referring to the great number of ducal country estates which lie close by. This influence is even reflected in the town centre where coloured stone is set into the paving on the pedestrian streets, depicting the local heraldic crests. There is also a paved maze featuring a heraldic lion and unicorn, giving the town a sense of real historical character.

Worksop Local Map

Today Worksop is home to over 40,000 people and the town, whilst retaining its historic charm has developed to serve the needs of the local community and the many visitors to its picturesque surroundings. Worksop is a bustling market town, which hosts regular open-air markets including a monthly farmers' market and other popular events such Continental Markets. The town's retail offers an exciting mixture of both high street names such as Boots, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, New Look, Claire's Accessories and Matalan, together with numerous small niche and specialist shops. The Priory Shopping centre, located at the northern end of Bridge Street is for many the main focus of retail activity with key names such as M&S Simply Food, Bodyshop, WH Smiths, Wilkinson's, Peacocks and Evans. It is also at the centre of the future development of the town, and through the work being undertaken by the Worksop Renaissance Partnership will play an important role in attracting new business and retail to the town centre.

Boat on Canal

However there is much more to Worksop than shopping. Whether you are an occasional visitor or a local resident, Worksop and its nearby surroundings have variety of interesting attractions to satisfy everyone's taste. This includes the Worksop Priory Church founded in 1103, the Chesterfield Canal completed in 1777 cuts through the heart of the town centre connecting it with the River Trent and Mr Straw's House, a National Trust property unchanged for the past 60 years that offers a true glimpse into the past. There is also the award winning Harley Gallery situated in the Welbeck Estate on the outskirts of Worksop that has earned national recognition for excellence and innovation with its unique mix of contemporary exhibitions, craft shop and museum. If it's the great outdoors that you are after the limestone gorge honeycombed with caves at Creswell Crags tells a fascinating story of life 50,000 years ago during the last Ice Age and the 3,800 acres of parkland, farmland and woods of the National Trust's Clumber Park are both only a stones throw away.

Location - How to find Worksop

Worksop lies within the authority of Bassetlaw District Council, in north Nottinghamshire. Bassetlaw's central location means that more than half of the population of the UK live within 3 hours drive. The nearest major urban centres are Sheffield (19 miles) and Nottingham (35 miles).

Travelling by Road

To the west of Worksop Junctions 30 and 31 are about 20 minutes from the town centre.

To the east, the town has good links with the A1.

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Travelling by Rail

The town's railway station provides direct rail links to both Nottingham and Sheffield via the Robin Hood Line. From Nottingham and Sheffield rail links are available to all the major cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester.

Rail Links

Travelling by Air

With the Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, on the border of the district, Worksop is well served for air travel. In addition Birmingham and Manchester International Airport are both within 90 minutes drive. Gamston Airport, used for private, charter aircraft is located to the south of Retford, only 10 miles away.

Air Links

Public Transport

A comprehensive local bus service exists linking Worksop to the surrounding towns and villages. People travelling from further afield are well served by longer distance coach services.

Public Transport Links


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