You have probably heard of Robin Hood, the famous English outlaw of Sherwood Forest who took from the rich and gave to the poor. But as an expat living in Mansfield, you might be surprised to learn that the very center of his legendary forest is, in fact, marked by a sculpture in the center of your host town. This large Nottinghamshire center of commerce and culture, home to roughly 100,000 people, is also sometimes being referred to "The Home of the Stags" in reference to a popular local soccer club. As well as history, sport and a buzzing high street, expats living in Mansfield have plenty of beautiful landmarks to explore, including the Old Town Hall, central Mansfield Market Place and the Bentinck Memorial, a symbol of the town. Expatriates in Mansfield can also find plenty of arts and entertainment, with the century old Palace Theatre, the 'Summer in the Streets' festival and plenty of restaurants, traditional English pubs and bars for expats living in Mansfield to relax in.
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Getting to Mansfield has got a bit easier since the time of Robin Hood. The town is served by a number of intercity bus routes, as well as a train service that has been recently revamped to offer more frequent trains to hub cities including Nottingham and, from there, London. In fact, the massive railway viaduct carrying trains across the town is a key landmark and one of the easiest ways for any expat in Mansfield to tell roughly where they are. Expatriates moving to Mansfield may like to use the discussion groups, private messages systems, or forums on the InterNations website to get in touch with global minds and expats in Mansfield before or shortly after travelling. This is a great way to start off on the front foot, whether by organizing an early meet-up, network or simply get information on things to see and do in the town.
As an expatriate working in Mansfield, you will find the town's working life relaxing and the after-hours scene full of great restaurants, quiet pubs and buzzing bars to enjoy. Just out of town, the famous Sherwood Forest is a wonderful place to relax in historic scenery, while a short train or bus journey will take you to the cultural hotspot of Nottingham. You should find settling in uncomplicated and enjoyable, as the town is easy to get around and the services and amenities are all excellent. For tips on expatriation in general, you can read the accounts of other expats on the InterNations website, as well as articles on a variety of topics in our Expat Magazine. Again on the InterNations website, this covers topics ranging from expat finance to family and relationships, and should answer most expatriation questions that you may find yourself asking in this picturesque English market town.