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The Legend of Robin Hood

A rebel. A revolutionary. An icon.

Nottingham’s famous outlaw is the stuff of legend. An international icon of English folklore for centuries.

But what is the story under the hood?

Deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest, among the ancient oaks, the King’s road between London and York would be raided by outlaws. The rich were forced to surrender all they had while the common folk went free. Those in need were clothed, fed, and housed. This band of outlaws, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, stood against the tyrannous yoke of unjust lords and sheriffs. The leader of these fighters for social justice? Robin Hood.

Robin Hood Statue

Robin Hood’s mission

The legacy

Robin’s long battle with the Sheriff of Nottingham began with his adventures in Sherwood Forest. The outlaw was the thorn in the side of the establishment, disguising himself to fool the Sheriff. If he were ever captured, he’d simply escape. Standing up for those in need Robin triumphed over tyranny and inequality time after time.

Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest

The people’s champion

A symbol of hope for those who need it most

Beloved by the people of Nottingham, Robin’s legacy has grown over the centuries – people all over the world know the story of Robin Hood. As one of popular culture’s most enduring folk heroes, his adventures have been told in medieval ballads and Hollywood blockbusters. His legend has spread worldwide with many ‘Robin Hoods’ appearing in other cultures – Giuseppe Garibaldi, Ahmad Khan Kharal, Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Chucho el Roto, Lampião, Lakshmi Bai, Geronimo, Ishikawa Goemon – and our own, like Jerimiah Brandreth or Ned Ludd.

Join Robin Hood on his adventure

Now, you can join Robin too. Immerse yourself in the medieval world of Robin Hood and his companions and discover their adventures in our brand-new Robin Hood Adventures. Compete in the Golden Arrow competition or fight Little John on the bridge with a quarterstaff in our digital interactive games. Complete our series of Nottingham challenges or dress up as one of Robin’s outlaw companions. There’s a whole host of activities to lose yourself in the stories of Robin Hood.

Start your journey as
part of a legend