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.
Nottingham contemporary art gallery
Nottingham’s contemporary art gallery is worth seeing for the building alone. In the cultural Lace Market spot, its actually decorated in traditional Nottingham lace pattern and hosts a cultural menu that doesn’t hold back form the bold and the daring.
Discover where Nottingham’s lace industry once flourished, its red-brick Victorian warehouses have been refashioned into indie shops, gastropubs, and hang-out for creatives.
National Justice Museum
Discover Georgian gaols and ancient cells. See Oscar Wilde’s cell door. Explore mass of sandstone caverns and up to five floors around themes on social justice, giving an insight into law like never before all from this handsome Grade II listed hall.
Things to do in Nottingham
Featured things to do
Underground haunts at England’s oldest (perhaps) pub
Damp, dimly lit, and decorated. Add a few skulls, and the odd stuffed animal and you have this quirky 800-year-old drinking cut into the city’s underground cave network.Learn more about Nottingham’s Underground Caves
A late July weekend at the Gothic manor where Batman was once filmed - Wollaton Hall and Deer Park becomes home to stacked line-up of music at Nottingham’s biggest music festival.Learn more about Wollaton Hall
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Explore the Old Market Square’s magical transformation for a festive fix of Bavarian-proportions. Complete with ski lodges and mulled wine by twinkling lights, an ice rink and ice bar.Learn more about Nottingham Winter wonderland
Places to stay in Nottingham
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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