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    Why we love Nottingham

    Steeped in the legends that surround Robin Hood, Nottingham is home to literary greats and a thriving independent arts’ scene. Discover what this city has to offer, including a labyrinth of underground caves, complete with a bar. Find its cultural quarter, The Lace Market, fusing old-world architecture with the cool indie vibes of restaurants and bars. Or take a ghoulish tour under one of England’s oldest pub or set yourself loose in the wilds of parklands and adrenaline-filled fun in the acres of Nottingham’s famous Sherwood Forest. And for sports’ lovers – enjoy a mix of top quality football and cricket.

    Things to do in Nottingham

    Calling all Batman fans! Welcome to ‘Wayne Manor’, where the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises was filmed.

    Get your tickets for Wollaton Hall
    A group of deer lying on the grass in Wollaton Park, a stretch of countryside and gardens surrounding Wollaton Hall
    Wollaton Hall

    With its tranquil walking trails and 1,000-year-old ‘Major Oak’ tree, this historic forest is a joy to explore.

    Go wild at Sherwood Forest
    Robin Hood pictured in Sherwood Forest.
    Sherwood Forest

    One of the world’s best-loved cricket grounds, Trent Bridge offers behind-the-scenes tours and fine dining too.

    Catch a match at Trent Bridge
    A child posing with a squirrel masket at Trent Bridge on a cricket family day out
    Trent Bridge

    Did you know that Nottingham is home to Britain’s biggest network of caves? Step inside them on this tour…

    Discover the City of Caves
    An actor putting on a performance at Nottingham City of Caves.
    City of Caves

    Calling all Batman fans! Welcome to ‘Wayne Manor’, where the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises was filmed.

    Get your tickets for Wollaton Hall
    A group of deer lying on the grass in Wollaton Park, a stretch of countryside and gardens surrounding Wollaton Hall
    Wollaton Hall

    With its tranquil walking trails and 1,000-year-old ‘Major Oak’ tree, this historic forest is a joy to explore.

    Go wild at Sherwood Forest
    Robin Hood pictured in Sherwood Forest.
    Sherwood Forest

    One of the world’s best-loved cricket grounds, Trent Bridge offers behind-the-scenes tours and fine dining too.

    Catch a match at Trent Bridge
    A child posing with a squirrel masket at Trent Bridge on a cricket family day out
    Trent Bridge

    Did you know that Nottingham is home to Britain’s biggest network of caves? Step inside them on this tour…

    Discover the City of Caves
    An actor putting on a performance at Nottingham City of Caves.
    City of Caves

    Places to stay in Nottingham

    Beeston

    This large town south west of the city centre is very popular with students. You’ll find budget-friendly places here as well as lots of lively bars and pubs, as well as woodland walks and lake views.

    Mapperley

    In the north of the city, it’s the place for great for shopping, cafes and pubs, though is largely residential, and being hilly offers great views too. Just a 15-minute walk to the centre, yet it’s a conservation area too, so has a parkland feel to it.

    The Park

    If you want to stay with in the affluent side of the city, it’s here. This big-budget area is full of Victorian homes, and is just a five minute walk from the castle.

    Getting to Nottingham

    Nottingham is easy to get to from the UK’s major cities, with international, domestic and European connections avaialble via Birmingham Airport. Train operators also provide direct services to London and the Eurostar hub at St Pancras Station.

    By bus

    You will not be short of buses to get you around the county. Most bus services from the city operate from Nottingham’s Broad Marsh and Victoria bus station and are mostly run by Nottingham City.

    By foot

    Nottingham’s compact and often car free centre means it’s the perfect place to explore by foot.  Walkit.com is a great planner and helps you get to know the city well.

    By train

    Nottingham has a good local train network. East Midlands Rail connects around the north, while East Coast Trains and Cross-Country Trains also stop at a number of Nottinghamshire towns. Plus, Northern Rail provides local, direct train services to Nottingham cities like Sheffield and Leeds.

    By taxi

    There are a few registered taxi companies in the city centre, situated outside of Nottingham Station, Victoria Centre, and next to the Old Market Square.

    By tram

    Nottingham Express Transit (NET) forms good connections for shopping, leisure and tourist attractions in Nottingham and the surrounding areas. Running every seven minutes, the trams provide a quick and easy way to zoom across the city, with five stops in the centre.

    By bike

    Nottinghamshire is ideal for exploring by bike. Citycard Cycles offer bike hire from £1 an hour. There’s plenty of cycle routes, including anything from mountain biking in Sherwood Forest to the car-free Big Track route that runs alongside the River Trent and canal. You can get maps for routes ere.

    Want to know more?

    Check out Visit Nottingham for top insider tips and travel inspiration.