Sherwood is situated approximately 1.5 miles (2.3 km) north of Nottingham City Centre. It is bordered by Woodthorpe to the North-East, Mapperley to the East, Carrington to the South, New Basford and Basford to the West, and Daybrook and Bestwood to the North.
Major development in the area took place between 1870 and 1910, during the growth of the lace industry. As a result there are several listed buildings.
Sherwood is home to a variety of primary and secondary schools including Haydn Primary School, Sherwood E-ACT academy and Nottingham Free School.
The main shopping precinct lies along the busy A60 Mansfield Road. High street shops such as Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Wilko and Co-op Food are interspersed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants, charity shops, a sub-post office, newsagents, butchers, stationers, dentists, garages, greengrocers, hairdressers, cafés, and several pubs.
Other amenities include the Jason Spencer Sports Ground, which has a basketball court, an outdoor gym and a skate park.
Sherwood Community Centre lies at the northern end of Mansfield Road, opposite the Woodthorpe Grange Park. It is the meeting place of many well established local social groups and activities.
Sherwood Library, on the corner of Mansfield Road and Spondon Street, also holds regular community events.
Sherwood has a number of churches, including St Martin’s Church, Sherwood Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church
The area is well served by several Nottingham City Transport bus routes and is a main artery road into the City.