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Looking for things to do in Nottingham that are extra-ordinary? Ezekial Bone specialises in educational entertainment and character-led heritage tours that capture the spirit of Nottingham, City and shire, past and present.

Ambassador for VisitEngland and for VisitBritain Ezekial Bone is Robin Hood! The multi-award winning Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour is the No.1 attraction on TripAdvisor . It is the definitive way to see the City and learn all about Robin Hood. Robin Hood has appeared on the Discovery, Travel and History Channels.

Want a Ghost Walk with a bit more meat on its bones?! Looking for adventure through Sherwood Forest ? Ever dreamed about treading the boards at the magnificent Nottingham Theatre Royal ? Fancy a stroll through the atmospheric  Lace Market ?

‘. . entertaining & highly informative . . . unusual & exhilarating.’ Nottingham Civic Society

‘While there’s a wealth of historical information and insight . . . this is not so much a historical tour as a mobile theatrical performance: comedy, drama, action-adventure, and a cast of one . . . Ezekial Bone is a rare talent.’ Hemispheres Magazine – United Airlines.

See the sights and be enthralled and entertained as Ezekial Bone juggles fascinating facts and cultural curiosities with the ironies and mysteries of history.

Embark on an adventure around Nottingham and through time itself!

Explore, discover and be inspired!

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Searching for the real Robin Hood?  Join the #OfficialOutlaw as he leads the way on the Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour .

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Ezekial Bone

When not masquerading as Robin Hood, man of many faces Ezekial Bone also leads other heritage tours, produces corporate events and education for schools . Mr Bone is also available for commissions.

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My name is Bryn and I run Hello Notts Guided Walking Tours in the City of Nottingham.  I love taking visitors around the City and it's most iconic spots.  Nottingham   is my home and it's full of hidden gems along with amazing little bits of history.

I have travelled the World and been on many tours and found that the best ones are the most engaging and talk to you as a person and where you can really take something from the experience...

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Here is a sample of some of our popular tours of the city.

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NOTTINGHAM CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

A unique one and a half hour tour covering the history of nottingham, famous people (including the real robin hood), iconic places including the lace market, nottingham castle and the oldest pub in the country as well as much much more….

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MARKET SQUARE MINI TOUR

A mini one hour tour of our 1000 year old main square, combining a bit of history and local culture as well as signposting the best shopping and places to eat and drink, a great start to the weekend in the city of nottingham.

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BESPOKE CITY TOURS

If my bookable tours don’t fit your itinerary then contact me for a unique private tour which meets your interests and at a time to suit you., further details & prices.

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"We recently joined Bryn on his walking tour of Nottingham city & had a fantastic time. Highly knowledgeable with an accessible style, he provided a brief overview of the history of Nottingham through landmarks, buildings, interesting facts & unusual sites. One of us is Nottingham born & bred but still unaware of what the city reveals through its development over the centuries and the wealth of cultural heritage. Overall, easy walking over a couple of hours, pitched to all levels, this tour is a wonderful few hours for both visitors & locals alike. Looking forward to other tours led by Bryn!"

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NOTTINGHAM WALKING TOURS

Discover nottingham with a local guide.

Discover our wonderful Nottingham through a local’s eyes every day. Join our daily tour every day at 10:30am or book yourself something extra special with a private tour. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city as you travel back through the centuries to discover our turbulent history, and how it has shaped Nottingham into the vibrant place you see today.

Your expert, local guide can’t wait to show you around our wonderful city. You can now book until the end of 2024 !

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NOTTINGHAM CITY WALKING TOUR

Join your local Nottingham guide on a 1.5 hour Nottingham City Walking Tour at 10:30am every day. Our tour is all about spending time with a local guide, and uncovering our deep history, from the industrial revolution to Robin Hood.

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PRIVATE TOURS

Explore Nottingham the way you want to, spend quality time with a local and get a real taste for our wonderful city. With flexible meeting and end points, and a dedicated local guide, maximize your time with a private tour of Nottingham’s key sights! You can book any day from now until the end of 2024.

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PRIVATE NOTTINGHAM WALKING TOUR

Get your bearings and discover Nottingham on an exclusive private tour, with your own local, expert guide. Our tour is all about spending time with a local, as well as uncovering our deep history.

DISCOVER NOTTINGHAM THROUGH A LOCAL'S EYES ★★★★★

We just finished the Windsor walking tour, & it was definitely worth the time & booking. We had a wonderful guide, a native, who told us a wealth of factual info & gossipy tidbits about not only the history of Windsor (& some Eton) but also about the people & life in Windsor. She was gracious, knowledgeable & very engaging. This was well worth it, & heartily recommended.

This tour was great! They guide was really welcoming and was clearly very knowledgeable about Windsor and the royal family. It’s a beautiful place and the tour really captured the wonders that Windsor had to offer. Would recommend!

Debra was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable about Windsor and its connections with the Royal Family. She was happy for us to ask questions and communicated very well. She is a local so it was great to have the locals point of view . She gave us some recommendations for places to go for lunch after the tour. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone who wants to know more about Windsor beyond the castle.

I thoroughly enjoyed my waking tour. We learnt so much about Windsor. I've not been on a walking tour before, I'll definitely go on more in the future!

Nottingham Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

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  • Private guided Tour
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  • Old Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2HU, UK At the Left Lion in front of the City Hall, Old Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2DR, UK
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  • Not wheelchair accessible
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  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
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  • robinse_2000 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Knowledgeable Guide Very knowledgeable guide. She knew the contours of the city well and addressed my questions. Just wish more of Birmingham was open to tourists. There is an interesting history of the city that remains untold. Many of the sites remain closed or have very limited hours. Read more Written August 23, 2023
  • 934gill 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great intro to the City Our family had a great tour of the City Centre by tour guide Mary M. She was really knowledgeable about the area and tailored the tour to our group's interests. We started at the City Library then learned about the canals in Brindley Place. Went up to the park and into St Philip's Cathedral and Mary told us about Chinatown. It was a perfect intro to the City and helped us decide what to explore further later on during our visit. Read more Written August 12, 2022
  • Andrea F 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Terry Brown is your man for personal accounts of Derry throughout the Troubles Terry from Derry was an amazing guide! Kind, exceptionally knowledgeable and full of personal stories of The Troubles that had us riveted. Highly recommend. Read more Written May 16, 2022
  • U8639IUpauls 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great tour of Glasgow centre seeing the main sites. Good for orientation during the rest of the day. Clear description on the tour. Well organised and informative. Thanks. Safe travel around town seeing all the major features. Thanks Read more Written December 9, 2021

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16 Top Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Nottingham

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Nottingham, county town of Nottinghamshire, is built on a number of hills on the north bank of the River Trent. The city has a long tradition as a trading hub and manufacturing center and is known for its fine lace.

More recently, it has become a popular cultural destination boasting numerous attractions, including two large theaters and several art galleries. It also hosts many great festivals and events, one of the most popular being the annual Nottingham Goose Fair .

Known as the "Queen of the Midlands" on account of its broad streets and picturesque parks, such as the Arboretum, Embankment, and Colwick Park, Nottingham is a great base from which to explore nearby Sherwood Forest , legendary home of Robin Hood. In fact, the image of this most famous of English folk heroes is everywhere around the city, and although his once enormous woodland hangout is now considerably reduced, it lends the city a truly unique atmosphere.

To learn more about what is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in England, read our list of the top attractions and things to do in Nottingham.

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1. Old Market Square

2. the lace market, 3. nottingham castle, 4. the city of caves, 5. national justice museum, 6. theatre royal & royal concert hall, 7. highfields park, 8. green's windmill and science centre, 9. d. h. lawrence birthplace museum, 10. the great central railway, 11. robin hood way and sherwood forest, 12. papplewick pumping station, 13. wollaton hall, 14. newstead abbey, 15. southwell minster, 16. framework knitters' museum, where to stay in nottingham for sightseeing.

Old Market Square

Nottingham's old city center boasts several important tourist attractions. It's here that you'll find Old Market Square, the largest such public space in England and home to the Nottingham Tourism Centre , an important first stop before exploring the city. On the east side of the square is the Neoclassical Council House, crowned by an imposing dome.

While strolling through the city's historic center, be sure to head over to the Nottingham Playhouse for a look at the remarkable Sky Mirror . Created by sculptor Anish Kapoor, this 19-foot-wide stainless steel dish points upwards and provides a unique look at the sky above.

Also of interest here is Nottingham Speaker's Corner, the first such public speaking venue outside London. The impressive Guildhall is also close by.

Location: Smithy Row, Nottingham

The Lace Market

Just a short walk away from the Old Market Square is the historic Lace Market. Once the heart of Britain's lace industry, this charming area is now protected as one of the city's most important heritage zones. Today, these former red brick warehouses and display rooms house numerous shops, restaurants, boutique accommodations - and yes, lace makers.

In addition to these fun things to do, the neighborhood is also home to some of the city's top sightseeing opportunities, including a visit to the former courthouse that now serves as the National Justice Museum. Great walking tours of the Lace Market are available and can be booked at the Nottingham Tourist Centre.

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle affords excellent views of the town and is notable for its bronze statues of Robin Hood and his merry men by Nottingham-born sculptor James Woodford. Destroyed in 1651 by Parliamentary forces, the original castle was replaced by an Italian-style palace belonging to the Duke of Newcastle.

Today, it's home to two great collections: the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, with its impressive collection of medals and regimental uniforms; and the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery . Among the latter's treasures are beautiful 6th-century Anglo-Saxon brooches, medieval ceramics and alabaster carvings, and stoneware from the 17th and 18th centuries.

There's also an ethnographic gallery (including jade jewelry from New Zealand, Burmese bronze statues, and Indo-Persian steelware). The picture collection in the Long Gallery includes works by Charles le Brun, Richard Wilson, William Dyce, Marcus Stone, and Ben Nicholson.

The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard , just a few yards away, is also worth a visit. This collection of 17th-century cottages houses displays portraying the history of the people of Nottingham.

Address: Lenton Road, Nottingham

Official site: www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk/

The City of Caves

Numerous caves exist in the sandstone underneath Nottingham, including the spectacular 322-foot-long Mortimer's Hole directly below the castle. Part of the excellent City of Caves attraction, this particular formation takes its name from Roger Mortimer, lover of Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II (legend has it Mortimer once hid here from the jealous king).

In all, more than 450 caves lie beneath Nottingham, the largest known grouping of caves in the country, and have been used for centuries for storage and defense. Accessed from Garner's Hill, fascinating public tours of the caves are available.

Location: Garner's Hill, Nottingham

Official site: www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/venue/city-of-caves/

National Justice Museum

A must-see attraction in the Lace Market is the popular National Justice Museum . It's located in the city's former court and jailhouse, a building that has been in use since 1780.

Highlights of the museum include its courtrooms and a jail that dates from the 14th century. There are also fascinating exhibits relating to matters of crime and punishment. Be sure to check out the displays about Robin Hood.

Other nearby attractions worth visiting include Nottingham Contemporary , a modern art gallery, and the National Ice Centre , one of the country's largest ice-skating rink facilities.

Address: High Pavement, Nottingham

Official site: www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

Nottingham's Theatre Royal

Since it opened in 1865, Nottingham's Theatre Royal has been a focal point of the city's social and entertainment life. Since then, this landmark building has expanded in size and function, and is now the centerpiece of a cultural facility that includes the more modern Royal Concert Hall.

In addition to theatrical productions including everything from musicals to murder mysteries and Shakespearian tragedies, locals and visitors alike are also treated to touring ballet performances and concerts. If you're traveling through Nottingham with kids in the Christmas period, be sure to check out their always popular pantomime, a tradition that's been running since 1971.

Address: Theatre Square, Nottingham

Official site: https://trch.co.uk

Highfields Park

Part of the University of Nottingham, Highfields Park is a splendid 52-acre green space full of exotic plants and trees. Fun things to do here include boating, walking, picnicking, lawn bowls, croquet, and putting. Children can burn off steam in the play area, and the Lakeside Arts Centre stages special events.

Another park worth visiting is the Arboretum , home to lovely gardens and some of the city's most popular festivals. Close by is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the city's oldest church, known for its 19th-century glasswork. It's also the city's second largest religious center after the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas.

Address: University Boulevard, Lenton, Nottingham

Official site: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/HighfieldsPark

Green's Windmill and Science Centre

Lovely Green's Mill, once home of mathematical physicist George Green (1793-1841), was built in 1807 only to be rebuilt in the 1980s after a devastating fire in 1947. Today, the amazing inner workings of Green's Windmill can be seen over four floors, each of them providing an insight into the flour-making process (you can even buy some to take home with you).

The science center itself is aimed at youngsters and includes a discovery zone with fun interactive displays. Exhibits focus on light, magnetism, and electricity.

Address: Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham

Official site: www.greensmill.org.uk

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

The D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum in the Eastwood area of Nottingham combines three unique attractions focusing on the famous English author. The Blue Line Trail, a self-guided walking tour modeled on the Freedom Trail in Boston, links the Heritage Centre and the Birthplace Museum.

The museum is home to a fascinating exhibition on the social history of Eastwood during the writer's lifetime, including recreations of a Victorian schoolroom, a grocery shop, and a mock-up of a mine that visitors can crawl through. There's also an art gallery, bistro, and conference area.

Also of interest are displays about family life in the mining community that shaped Lawrence's formative years, as well as a chance to view the rooms where the family lived. Personal items and some of Lawrence's original watercolors are also on display.

Address: 8a Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottingham

Official site: www.lleisure.co.uk/d-h-lawrence-birthplace-museum/

The Great Central Railway

Chugging along some 10 miles of track between Ruddington Fields station to East Leake and Loughborough, the Great Central Railway (GCRN) makes an excellent excursion when visiting Nottingham. Highlights of this heritage railway include a number of fully restored steam and diesel train engines and rolling stock, as well as fully functioning workshops, vintage buses, a café, and shops.

Model train enthusiasts will want to check out the attraction's large miniature railway layout. Those traveling with kids should plan ahead and try to catch fun events like the special Santa and Christmas trains.

Address: Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

Official site: www.gcrn.co.uk

Sherwood Forest

Stretching all the way from Nottingham Castle to Sherwood Forest, the 104-mile-long Robin Hood Way passes many attractions associated with the legendary Robin Hood. The trail also goes through the Clumber Country Park and past Rufford Abbey, as well as Robin Hood Hills, Thieves Wood, and Fountain Dale.

The highlight, of course, is spending time within famous Sherwood Forest, the most important area landmark associated with Robin Hood. Today, this famous woodland encompasses more than 1,000 acres surrounding the village of Edwinstowe, including the 450-acre Sherwood Forest Country Park .

Visitors come each year to enjoy events such as the week-long Robin Hood Festival . Highlights include its recreation of medieval times and characters, including knights and court jesters.

Other big draws include the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre and the 1,000-year-old Major Oak . You can also visit Thynghowe, a medieval meeting place where people came to resolve disputes.

Address: Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Papplewick Pumping Station

Widely considered one of the finest examples of Victorian industrial design in Britain, the Papplewick Pumping Station is a superb example of 19th century craftsmanship. It boasts a range of original features including an ornamental cooling pond and a Boiler House complete with six Lancashire Boilers, all set amidst formal landscaped grounds.

The ornate Engine House is home to the original twin beam engines, built by James Watt in 1884. Here visitors find a combination of Victorian engineering and artistic design, including beautiful stained glass windows, elaborately decorated columns and polished mahogany and brass.

Another feat of engineering can be seen at Bestwood Country Park . The park is home to the Winding Engine House , the last remaining vestige of the large colliery that once dominated the landscape.

Address: Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottingham

Official site: www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk

Wollaton Hall

Located near the university, spectacular Wollaton Hall is an Elizabethan mansion set amid a 500-acre deer park. Built around 1580 by a local coal mine owner, this attractive mansion now houses the Nottingham City Museums and Galleries' Natural History Collection, as well as the superb Nottingham Industrial Museum (the latter is housed in the estate's former stables).

Highlights include Nottingham's oldest pipe organ, plus the chance to explore the six galleries of the natural history museum. Admission is free, though a fee is attached to the excellent tours on offer here. There are also two on-site cafés, along with a gift shop.

Address: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

Official site: https://wollatonhall.org.uk

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham

An easy 20-minute drive north of Nottingham is Newstead Abbey. This delightful attraction is the former family home of poet Lord Byron, whose tomb is in Newstead parish church. It was originally an Augustinian abbey founded in 1170 by Henry II, and many of the original structures can still be seen, including the west front of the church, the refectory, the chapterhouse (now a chapel), and the cloisters.

Byron's rooms have been preserved as they were in his lifetime, with many of his mementos on display. Be sure to also explore the lovely garden, with its many old and rare trees, as well as the Japanese, formal, and tropical gardens, and lakes and streams in the abbey grounds.

Location: Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

Official site: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Southwell Minster

About 15 miles northeast of Nottingham, Southwell is a small market town that makes a good base for the exploration of Robin Hood country. Charles I stayed in the Saracen's Head before giving himself up to the Scots in 1646, thus beginning a long period of imprisonment ending with his execution.

Other historic buildings of note include the heritage houses lining Church Street and Westgate. The old Methodist Church is also worth seeing.

Of particular interest is 12th-century Southwell Minster (the nave and transepts of this period have been preserved, as have its three Norman towers). The most exquisite part of the minster is undoubtedly the 13th-century chapterhouse, with its wonderful doorway, a profusion of beautiful naturalistic leaves and flowers, vines, grapes, animals, and human figures.

Address: Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Official site: www.southwellminster.org

Framework Knitters' Museum

Here's one for traveling knitters: the Framework Knitters' Museum. Set up as a "living museum" in the small village of Ruddington just a few minutes south of Nottingham, this fascinating museum celebrates a craft that's been a staple of the region for over 400 years.

As you stroll around the museum's collection of historic cottages and workshops, you'll see knitters at work, keeping things very much alive with displays and techniques that have been around for generations. A great tearoom is located on-site, along with a well-stocked shop.

Address: Chapel Street, Ruddington, Nottingham

Official site: https://frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk

If you're visiting Nottingham for the first time, the city center makes a great base. Here, you'll find attractions such as Old Market Square, Nottingham Castle, and Mortimer's Hole, as well as plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Below are some highly rated hotels in this convenient and central location:

Luxury Hotels:

  • On a quiet cul-de-sac, a short stroll from the city center, the pet-friendly, boutique Hart's Hotel , with compact, contemporary rooms and a popular restaurant next door, lies a six-minute stroll from Nottingham Castle.
  • Less than 10 minutes on foot to Old Market Square and the castle, Crowne Plaza Hotel Nottingham has an indoor pool, fitness center, and comfortable guest rooms, while the contemporary Park Plaza Nottingham is even closer to the castle, near fabulous shops and restaurants.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • A mere five-minute walk from the city center and steps from the popular Rock City music venue, Roomzzz Nottingham City offers fresh modern apartments with full kitchens. Breakfast is included in the rates.
  • Nearby, the glass-encased Premier Inn Nottingham City Centre Hotel has comfy, modern rooms in a quiet location.
  • A little closer to the city center, a short stroll from Old Market Square and the castle, Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre is popular for its handy location, comfortable beds, and reasonable rates.

Budget Hotels:

  • In a fantastic location, steps from Nottingham Castle and Mortimer's Hole, the pet-friendly Travelodge Nottingham Central , with basic modern rooms, offers excellent value, as does the nearby Ibis Nottingham Centre , a little farther east.
  • Although a little farther from the city center, the Travelodge Nottingham Riverside Hotel is also worth considering and offers no-frills rooms and free parking.

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Famed for its associations with  Robin Hood , the  Civil War  and literary legends such as  Lord Byron  and  D.H. Lawrence , there is plenty to uncover in Nottinghamshire.

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Nottingham has a rich history and plenty of local culture. One of its claims to fame is Sherwood Forest, home to the mythical Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Take a stroll along the Council House, embark on a tour of Castle Rock Brewery, or survey the city from the picturesque Trent Bridge.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Nottingham

1. hidden gems.

Stop by vintage store We Are Cow, before heading to Malt Cross, a recently restored 19th-century music hall that connects to the Nottingham Cave Trail.

2. Historic Architecture

Make sure to visit the beautiful Wollaton Hall and Park, dating back to the 1500s and home to the city's Natural History Museum.

3. Great Local Eats

Check out Oaks, which serves up wood-fired giant sausages and a hearty helping of fries and 'slaw. Or, try the meter-long pizza at Das Kino, a German-themed bar with a cinema and table tennis.

4. Secret Walkways

Besides the city's medieval caves, stop by the famous Nottingham Castle for more underground adventure. Here sits Mortimer's Hole, a secret passageway below the castle.

5. A Bustling Creative Quarter

Don't miss the colorful Cobden Chambers or the new National Videogame Arcade, the world's first permanent space to celebrate gaming culture and mark its development.

What to do in Nottingham

1. nottingham castle: uncover nottingham's history.

Located in the heart of Nottingham, the Nottingham castle sits majestically on a rock 130 feet high to the south and west. Enjoy spectacular views of the city as well as the notable statue of Robin Hood and his merry men. Admire the finest collections of regimental uniforms and medals at the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum. Gaze at the finest in art collections, from medieval to European, at the Nottingham Castle Museum, also housed in the castle. Explore the maze of human-made caves underneath the castle and uncover the gruesome tales of this historic site.

2. City of Caves: Set Back The Hands Of Time

Enter into a whole new world underneath the buzzing city's activities and delve into the dark depths of the over 500 crisscrossing sandstone caves. Enjoy exceptional performance tours with an amusing cast, Annie the Arcgeologist and Archie. Turn back the hands of time to World War II as you journey through the Anderson air Raid shelter with an excellent audio tour. Start off this fantastic exploration from the upper level of the Broadmarsh Shopping Center and begin an exclusive archaeological journey.

3. Old Market Square: The All-In-One Social Hub

Visit the largest public square in the United Kingdom, an astounding 800 years old. Play in the minimalist fountains and marvel at the impressive 22,000 m² space before heading to explore the Nottingham Tourism Center. Stroll at your own pace through the eastern square to the Neoclassical Council House. Make a stop at the Playhouse and get entertained by the Sky Mirror. Stop by the Nando's for spicy Afro-Portuguese chicken after making a stop at the Broadmarsh Shopping Center. Sip on a relaxing brew at the Bell Inn after a well spent day at the Old Market Square.

4. Nottingham Cathedral: Nottingham's Best-Kept Secret

Located on the corner of Dreby Road and North Circus Street, the Nottingham Cathedral prides itself as being the best-kept secret of the forty-two English cathedrals. Visit this famed Nottingham landmark that is an epitome of history and walk into the Stone-built Victorian Gothic cathedral. Sit and meditate in the serene sanctuary. Be part of the live choirs, concerts, and events hosted at the cathedral. The Nottingham Cathedral is open from 7 am to 7 pm.

5. Wollaton Park: An Unmatched Relaxation Experience

Stretching out in a vast 500 acres, this remarkable landmark is nestled on a magnificent hill in a tranquil ambiance. Stroll at your own pace from the walking trails and marvel at the vast variety of flowers and the charming beauty of the deer running around gracefully. Make a stop by The Cods Scallops for a wide selection of delicious fish and chips.

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Where to Eat in Nottingham

Check out the Alley Cafe for vegetarian and vegan meals between £4 and £10. You'll also enjoy a taste of Thai cooking at Chai Yo for around £25 for two people.

When to visit Nottingham

July is the hottest month and January is the coldest. The wettest month is June, so make sure to bring waterproof coats and hats. Overall, the moderate climate allows for travel year round.

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How to Get to Nottingham

Both domestic and international flights land at the East Midlands Airport (EMA), 10.5 miles from the city center. The 24-hour Nottingham Skylink bus service leaves for the city every 20 minutes. A single ticket costs £5.

Trains to Nottingham arrive at Nottingham Station. From here, it's a 5-minute walk to the city center.

If you're coming from the south, take the M1 and exit at 24. If you're coming from the north, take the M1 and exit at 25 or 26.

GorillaBus runs services into town from Liverpool, Manchester, Yorkshire, and Birmingham. Ticket prices start at £1.

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If you're looking for budget accommodation, check out the Igloo Backpackers Hostel. Rutland Square Hotel, in the heart of the city center, is a good mid-range option, as is Hart's Hotel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Nottingham

Lenton - close to the university, check out this great neighborhood for a youthful and student-centric vibe.

Hockley - this area is home to a range of trendy stores and pubs like Revolution and the Orange Tree on Shakespeare Street

Willford Village - this is a charming neighborhood with a view of the River Trent and lots of restaurants like the Ferry Inn, with local English fare.

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A reliable bus network zips people around town. Fares for public transport run between £2 - £4.50.

Nottingham is serviced by local black and green cabs that can be hailed around the city at any time. The cost is a flat rate of £1.50 per mile and £1.8 per mile after that.

You can rent cars across the city with various services such as Hertz, Avis, and and Keddy. Small cars can be rented for £57.33 for three days.

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Check out the popular Hockley, with its quirky stores, Victoria Centre, with the usual high street stores, and the Exchange Arcade for more one-of-a-kind finds.

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The cost of groceries in Nottingham is standard for the UK. 1 quart of milk costs around £0.94 while a dozen eggs will run you £1.58.

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Nottingham is a city in England , affectionately known as the "Queen of the Midlands". It is famed for its links with the world-renowned legend of Robin Hood.

Understand [ edit ]

Nottingham is one of three major cities in the East Midlands of England, the others being nearby Leicester and Derby . Its prosperity was historically derived mostly from the lace making and coal-mining industries, little of which remains. Nottingham has moved towards a more service-based economy. In the 1960s it was famed for having a gender imbalance.

The centre of Nottingham lies on the River Leen and its southern boundary follows the course of the River Trent, which flows from Stoke to the Humber. Nottingham has an estimated city population of 320,000 (2021). The urban area has a population of 730,000 (2021).

The heart of the city is the Old Market Square, which underwent a major redevelopment in 2006. Most of the main shopping streets are around the square. The Council House, whose tall dome can be seen for miles around, is at the top end of the square. The inside of the Council House is the Exchange Arcade, a shopping centre. A bohemian quarter of the city known as Hockley has arisen close to the Lace Market area. Nottingham receives a lot of tourism, mostly because of the legend of Robin Hood , visiting Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle.

Visitor information [ edit ]

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Get in [ edit ]

By plane [ edit ].

  • 52.831111 -1.327778 1 East Midlands Airport ( EMA  IATA ) lies 12 miles (19 km) south-west of Nottingham and flights are available to many European (mostly tourist) destinations. The Skylink Express bus runs between the airport and city centre every 30 minutes during the day. The bus journey takes approximately 35 minutes, depending on traffic conditions, and costs £5 single, £9.90 return, £9 for a day ticket (zigzag plus) including all trentbarton buses in the area. The slower Skylink Nottingham bus runs all through the night (hourly), with the same fares and a journey time of 50 minutes to an hour.
  • 52.453889 -1.748056 2 Birmingham Airport ( BHX  IATA ) is about 40 mi (64 km) from Nottingham and serves all major European and many international destinations. It is accessible by train, changing at Birmingham New Street.

By train [ edit ]

Turn right out of the station for an easy 10-minute walk to the city centre.

The tram stop is right above the station, giving access to all tram destinations since both lines pass through the station.

By car [ edit ]

From the south, travel on the M1 and exit at junction 24 or 25. From the North take the M1 junction 25 or 26.

There are nine Park and Ride [dead link] sites with over 6500 spaces around the city. Many of these park and ride sites are connected to Nottingham city centre by the city's tram network , or buses.

By bus [ edit ]

Nottingham has two sizeable bus stations near to its two major shopping centres, 52.949302 -1.147146 4 Broadmarsh and 52.95912 -1.14864 5 Victoria . Traveline , +44 871 200 22 33

Bus operators offer services to most other UK destinations.

National Express provides cheap advance tickets on a Nottingham-London route, often for as little as £5 each way if booked early enough online. National Express also offers cheap non-changeable tickets (called "Funfare") to many other major cities from Nottingham.

Megabus also serves the city, although only twice a day with one departure at 5AM!

Get around [ edit ]

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Nottingham has excellent public transport by buses and trams.

By foot [ edit ]

The city centre is best explored on foot as many of the historic streets are pedestrianised or have good pedestrian access.

By tram [ edit ]

Nottingham Express Transit is the city's modern tram system. There are two branches which run on the same tracks in the city centre and then diverge at both ends to serve 4 destinations (Hucknall, Phoenix Park, Toton Lane and Clifton South). The system has a number of Park and Ride sites along it, which make travel into the city centre easy. An all day tram-only ticket costs £4, single tickets are £2.20. Tickets must be bought from ticket machines on platforms before boarding.

Nottingham has extensive bus services provided by two main companies, trentbarton and Nottingham City Transport (NCT), running from the Broadmarsh and Victoria Bus stations as well as key termini in the city centre such as Old Market Square, Parliament Street and Carrington Street. Fares: Most NCT buses do not give change. Trentbarton buses do, just ask the driver.

Ticketing [ edit ]

Ticketing can be confusing. Ticketing for most operators is detailed below:

  • £1.50 under-19 single
  • £2.50 adult single
  • £4.70 day ticket
  • £7 Grouprider (up to 2 adults and 3 under-19s)
  • (tickets can also be purchased with a credit or debit card when getting on the bus, or in advance through the NCTX Buses app)
  • (detailed information can be found on the NCT website .
  • trentbarton buses: single fare varies by distance (check website), £6 "zigzag" day ticket or £9 "zigzag plus" including East Midlands Airport. This allows travel on all Trentbarton services as far as Bakewell, Derby or Chesterfield
  • NET trams: single fare £2.20, day ticket £4
  • Multiple operators: £4.50 kangaroo day ticket for all public transport in greater Nottingham

Robin Hood Prepaid Card (purchase from ticket machines around city centre):

  • Buses and Trams: £1.70 single, £3.15 max for single operator, £4 max for all operators

Students with valid ID:

  • £1.50 single fare for many NCT buses and all Trentbarton buses (within Nottingham)

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Museums and galleries [ edit ]

  • 52.952 -1.129 10 Green's Windmill , Windmill Lane, Sneinton NG2 4QB , ☏ +44 115 915 6878 . W-Su 10AM-4PM . George Green (1793-1841) was a mathematician whose work unifying magnetism and electricity laid the foundations for James Clark Maxwell. Remarkably he was self-taught, labouring all hours here in his father's mill. So as well as the working machinery there's an exhibit on his contributions to science. Free . ( updated Jun 2021 )
  • 52.947765 -1.146178 11 Haunted Museum , Basement, Hopkinsons, 21 Station St, NG2 3AJ ( next to Nottingham train station ), ☏ +44 7503 325218 , [email protected] . 11am-6pm . A paranormal museum which blends witchcraft, haunted objects and pop-culture horror. Adult: £8 . ( updated Jul 2022 )

Historic sites out of town [ edit ]

  • 53.205875 -1.08609 13 Sherwood Forest Country Park . The ancient royal hunting forest to the North of Nottingham, stretching throughout Nottinghamshire and up to South Yorkshire. The remnants of Sherwood form a number of country parks and estates. Clumber Park, about 30 miles (50 km) north on the A614 near Worksop , is a vast area of parkland and woods owned by the National Trust, good for walking and cycling (bicycle hire available). Sherwood Pines Country Park houses a CenterParcs village, a Go Ape aerial assault course, and woodland walking. And Sherwood Forest Country Park has the historic "Sherwood" which visitors may be looking for - the Major Oak which was said to be the hideout of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws. The tired visitor centre is due for replacement, and many visitors are surprised to find the Oak is actually in the Birklands, an area of birch trees. The Thoresby Hall estate is run by Warner holidays as a "just for adults" centre, and Welbeck Abbey is now a military college. ( updated Mar 2017 )
  • 52.884593 -1.146398 14 Great Central Railway - Nottingham , Mere Way, Ruddington, NG11 6JS ( 6 mi (9.7 km) south of Nottingham ), ☏ +44 115 940 5705 , [email protected] . Sa Su 10AM-5PM . Offers journeys on historic steam and diesel locomotives, has a collection of historic buses on display along with 3 model railway exhibits.  
  • 53.064 -1.131 15 Papplewick Pumping Station , Rigg Lane, Ravenshead NG15 9AJ , ☏ +44 115 963 2938 . Su 11AM-4PM . These twin beam engines were installed in 1884 to lift water 200 ft (61 m) from an underground reservoir to feed the city supply. The interior is richly, almost riotously decorated, as if to out-do the fountains of Alhambra. The engines are in steam one weekend a month, see website. Adult £4; steam days adult £10, conc £9, child free . ( updated Jun 2021 )
  • 52.891 -1.152 16 Framework Knitters' Museum , Chapel St, Ruddington NG11 6HE , ☏ +44 115 984 6914 . This technology is early 19th century, transitional between cottage industry and the great Victorian mill halls. In 2021 it's closed for refurbishment. ( updated Jun 2021 )

Theatres [ edit ]

  • 52.938337 -1.189842 21 Lakeside Arts Centre , East Drive, University Park, NG7 2RD , ☏ +44 115 846-7777 . Further out of town, in University Park is the 225-seat Djanogly Theatre. The diverse programme includes drama, dance, comedy, jazz, world music and family events. Cafe.  

Cinemas [ edit ]

  • 52.954265 -1.143713 22 Broadway , 14-18 Broad St, NG1 3AL , ☏ +44 115 952-6611 . Four screens, cafes, bars and a mix of independent, foreign-language and mainstream releases. Standard adult ticket: £8.80 .  
  • 52.955545 -1.150594 23 Cineworld , Cornerhouse, Forman St, NG1 4AA , ☏ 0844 815 7747 (high cost charge number) . Has 14 screens, including an IMAX facility. Standard adult ticket: £11.20 .  
  • 52.951321 -1.173679 24 Savoy Cinemas , 233 Derby Rd, Lenton, NG7 1QN , ☏ +44 115 947-2580 . Four screens, a licensed bar and due to its location is popular with uni students. Standard adult ticket: £6.50 .  
  • 52.936642 -1.175906 25 Showcase Cinemas , Redfield Way, Lenton, NG7 2UW , ☏ 0871 220 1000 (high cost charge number) . A 12-screen, American-style multiplex just off the A52/Clifton Boulevard ring road. Standard adult ticket: £10.50 .  

Do [ edit ]

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Sports [ edit ]

  • Rugby: Nottingham RFC play rugby union in the Championship, the second tier. Their home ground is 52.93939 -1.12676 3 Lady Bay , a quarter mile east of Trent Bridge.
  • 52.941332 -1.091554 5 National Watersports Centre , Adbolton Ln, Holme Pierrepont, NG12 2LU , ☏ +44 115 982 1212 . ( updated Mar 2017 )
  • 53.081519 -1.082768 9 Nottingham Activity Centre . The professional's choice for quality clay shooting. Stag and Hen, Corporate and private tuition available ( updated Mar 2017 )
  • 53.087748 -1.084395 10 Nottingham & District Gun Club . Try your hand at clay shooting. ( updated Mar 2017 )

Parks and activities [ edit ]

  • In the summer you can hire a rowing boat on the beautiful grounds of the University of Nottingham.
  • Nottingham Castle has extensive grounds, which are planted beautifully in the summer time. Each summer open air theatre performances are held in the grounds.

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Events [ edit ]

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  • The Forest Recreation Ground also plays host to the city's annual Bonfire Night fireworks display, which also has a funfair.
  • The Riverside Festival at Victoria Embankment is held on a weekend at the start of August each year. It features live music, markets and fairs topped off with a huge fireworks display.
  • The varsity sports series between the city's two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, is the largest outside of North America.

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  • LBC is a monthly electronic music event held at The Bodega featuring upcoming artists from all over the world. Entry is fairly cheap and is predominantly aimed at the student population of the city. Once featured in The Guardian , it is seen as Nottingham's forward-thinking music and arts event.

Buy [ edit ]

Nottingham has a large excellent shopping centre in the City Centre, "The Victoria Centre". The Victoria Centre is the modern with plenty of shops & facilities.

Close to Victoria Centre are the main shopping streets: Lister Gate and Clumber Street are home to High Street names, while designer labels can be found on Bridlesmith Gate, Victoria Street and in the Exchange Arcade, within the Council House on Market Square. The alternative shopper will find Hockley Village a haven, focused around Goose Gate, the city's Bohemian district. To buy a Nottingham memento, go to the Lace Centre on the corner of Castle Gate, opposite the Robin Hood statue, to buy traditional Nottingham lace.

With regards to the alternative music and fashion scene, Nottingham is highly regarded and caters well for obscure and eclectic tastes. Void, Wild (and its sister store Wilder) and the local favourite Ice Nine can all be found in the bohemian district of Hockley. These stores can often become busy over the weekend in particular, but many original retro and vintage fashion items can be found for very cheap prices here.

Record stores include:

  • 52.95386 -1.14411 2 Rough Trade , 5 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AJ . ( updated Aug 2022 )
  • 52.9543 -1.15242 3 Rob's Records , 4-5 Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD . ( updated Aug 2022 )

Eat [ edit ]

Budget [ edit ].

Nottingham also has the usual range of chain restaurants and bars that you can find in many cities across the UK. For a budget meal (and drink), JD Wetherspoons is always worth trying. There are also some budget restaurants along Mansfield Road not far from the Victoria Shopping Centre

There is a pedestrianised street full of eateries of varying quality next to the Cornerhouse. These restaurants range from a Pizza Hut and a Subway, to a brassiere (Punchinellos) with an excellent pre-theatre menu. There is also a wide variety of takeaways in Nottingham, catering for many different tastes.

  • 52.952232 -1.151997 1 Tuckers , The Hub, 42 Friar Ln . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.95383 -1.152956 2 Roosters Piri Piri , 4-5 Angel Row . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.955777 -1.148602 3 Moulin Rouge , 5 Trinity Sq . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.956805 -1.147668 4 Chopstix , victoria centre, Lower Parliament St Intu . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.950894 -1.143307 5 Hungry Pumpkin , 38 High Pavement . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.952977 -1.143295 6 Bunk , 19 Stoney St . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.953634 -1.143913 7 Hockley Kitchen , 21 Carlton St . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.954237 -1.138929 8 GB Cafe and Restaurant , 11 Gedling St . ( updated Feb 2023 )

Mid-range [ edit ]

British [ edit ].

  • 52.951348 -1.144022 9 The Kean's Head , 46 St. Mary's Gate, Nottingham NG1 1QA , ☏ +44 115 947-4052 . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Su 11AM-midnight . Open daily from late morning until late. This small pub in the Lace Market area serves simple but tasty food, ranging from sandwiches to traditional English pub food to more Italian-influenced fare. Non-smoking, and an excellent selection of beers to match your food. ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.954275 -1.149927 10 George's Great British Kitchen , Queen St . £15-25 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.953251 -1.14617 11 Cosy Club , 16-18 Victoria St . £15-30 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.956295 -1.152998 12 Corinthian Restaurant , 25 Goldsmith St . Modern British £20-30 . ( updated Feb 2023 )

International [ edit ]

  • 52.954903 -1.149583 13 French Living , 27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY , ☏ +44 115 958-5885 , [email protected] . Tu-F noon-2PM, 6PM-10PM; Sa noon-2:30PM, 6PM-10PM . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.953971 -1.153753 14 Las Iguanas , Chapel Quarter Chapel Bar, 4, Nottingham NG1 6JS , ☏ +44 115 959-6390 , [email protected] . M-Th noon-11PM, F-Su noon-11:30PM . This is a wonderful Brazilian restaurant. ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.947984 -1.151739 15 Annie's burger shack , The Navigation, 6 Wilford Street , ☏ +44 115 837 1930 . Daily noon-1AM . An eating institution to a number of locals. It is in The Navigation, this doubles up as a place for high quality burgers and real ale with canal side seating. £15-25 . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 52.95591 -1.150913 16 Wagamama , The Cornerhouse, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4DB , ☏ +44 115 924-1797 . M-Sa 11:30-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM . Open late every day. Chain serving affordable Japanese-style ramen, as well as fried noodle and rice dishes. It's usually busy and cafeteria-style benches mean you will rub elbows with your fellow diners. £15-30 . ( updated Feb 2023 )

Splurge [ edit ]

  • 52.95192 -1.156489 17 Hart's Restaurant , Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham NG1 6GN , ☏ +44 115 988 1900 . Owned by Tim Hart of Hambleton Hall fame. At lunch time the Hart's formula includes "lunch for less" with two or three courses from a shorted menu. There are various fixed price menus in the evenings too. Three courses and wine in the evening.  
  • 52.95082 -1.152396 18 World Service , Newdigate House, Castlegate, Nottingham NG1 6AF , ☏ +44 115 847 5587 . Similar formula to Hart's; some of the owners used to work there! Regularly top of the pops in the "Nottingham Restaurant of the Year" awards. ( updated Feb 2023 )

Drink [ edit ]

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There are at least three pubs in Nottingham which claim to be amongst the oldest in the city (and the country), so there is no shortage of drinking establishments for visitors. The city has a range of pubs and bars serving drinks late into the night.

A good place to start is the trendy Lace Market area east of Market Square where you will also find many good restaurants. Pubs around the Market Square tend to appeal to younger drinkers with a Wetherspoon's and Yates's Wine Lodge, but the area on the canal side around the Canal House pub tends to be a little more discerning. The Hockley area also provides a range of pleasant bars to suit a range of budgets. The Cornerhouse complex (near the Royal Centre tram stop) contains some really nice bars, particularly 52.95607 -1.15015 1 Revolution , and close to this is The Orange Tree on Shakespeare Street. Slightly further out of the centre in the multicultural and vibrant area known as Sneinton is a wonderful pub called the Lord Nelson with a great garden and real ales. The other historic pubs include The Bell Inn , in the Market Square, and the 52.95114 -1.1518 2 Salutation , on Maid Marian Way, both of which can trace a long history and lay claim to having resident ghosts. Ask at a quiet moment for a tour of the Salutation's cellars, dug by hand into the sandstone rock below the pub and used in centuries past as a secure brewing area. The 52.95209 -1.15168 3 Ned Ludd is also located near the Old Market square and serves local ale from 52.95833 -1.18037 4 Nottingham Brewery . Rock City hosts one of the biggest student disco nights in town, with standard dance/pop music, when popular live rock bands aren't playing in town. For a different experience, try The Pitcher and Piano bar, with a slightly more mature crowd. Built as a large Unitarian church it has been stylishly modernised but still contains the church's architectural history with gothic decor and stained glass windows.

  • 52.94827 -1.14857 6 Canalhouse , 48-52 Canal Street , ☏ +44 115 955 5060 , [email protected] . ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • 52.95775 -1.15106 8 The Playwright 38 ( formerly The Orange Tree ), 38 Shakespeare Street , ☏ +44 1159 473239 , [email protected] . ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • 52.95106 -1.12615 9 The Lord Nelson , Lord Nelson Street, Sneinton , ☏ +44 115 911 0069 . ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • 52.95209 -1.1517 12 The Ned Ludd , 27 Friar Lane , ☏ +44 115 924 3415 . ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • 52.95604 -1.15403 13 Rock City , 8 Talbot Street , ☏ +44 115 950 6547 , fax : +44 115 941 8438 , [email protected] . ( updated Jul 2019 )
  • 52.94806 -1.14938 15 Waterfront , Canal St . ( updated Feb 2021 )

Sleep [ edit ]

  • 52.960718 -1.150013 1 Igloo Hostel . For £15 a night, the Igloo is a very nice hostel and a great choice to spend one or more nights in Nottingham. A 5-minute walk from the centre of town, It's very clean and has 24 hot water in all the bathrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, fridge, toaster, and the most important equipment in a kitchen: a radio. The Igloo provides free tea, and coffee all day as well as free wifi and internet. It also has a comfortable, friendly common room, with a TV and many DVDs if you are tired and want to rest and watch something. Lots of books and board games can be easily found as well. A board with several tips of good cheap places to eat and drink can be found in the common room. Downstairs, the Games room offers a Ps2, Pool table and Fooz Ball. Unquestionably, a very good and friendly place!  
  • 52.954028 -1.146809 2 Midtown Hostel , Thurland Street . £16 a night Midtown Hostel has lots of good things going for it. It's clean, in a great location (1-minute walk from the main square), hot water in the showers, free internet, decent kitchen (does have oven, does not have stove, has large fridge to store food in), PS2 and a few games, and free coffee and tea. The beds are reasonably comfortable (but some do squeak). Reports of noisy parties at night.  
  • 52.952298 -1.153977 3 Britannia Hotel , 1 St James's St , ☏ +44 871 222 0098 .  
  • 52.955514 -1.153677 4 Crowne Plaza Nottingham , 17-31 Wollaton Street, NG1 5FW , ☏ +44 115 912-8000 , fax : +44 115 912-8080 , [email protected] . Check-in: 2PM (early check-in by arrangement) , check-out: 11AM (late check-out by arrangement) . This Days Hotel features non-smoking rooms that include bath and/or shower, work desk, TV with freeview and complimentary broadband. Some rooms have been adapted to allow for easier access. Full or continental breakfasts are available for £10. £79.95 (up to two children can stay free of charge, or for 75% if staying in a separate room .  
  • 52.9485 -1.1406 5 Leonardo Hotel ( formerly Jury's Inn ), Waterfront Plaza, Station Street NG2 3BJ , ☏ +44 115 901-6700 . Car parking is roughly 5 minutes from the hotel grounds, with many shops and restaurants close by. Well-equipped room with TV, hair-dryer, coffee/tea and biscuits and internet access.  
  • 52.953912 -1.154613 6 Premier Inn Nottingham City Centre (Chapel Bar) , 7 Chapel Bar, NG1 6JS , ☏ +44 871 527 9658 . This hotel is in the centre of the city centre and is of the high standards of the Holiday Inn chain, with a spacious room, comfortable beds and friendly staff.  
  • 52.951641 -1.154235 7 St James Hotel , St James Street, NG1 6FJ , ☏ +44 115 941-1114 . Check-in: 2PM , check-out: 11AM . In the heart of the city, it retains its period elegance, whilst offering comfortable accommodation. £40-60 pppn .  
  • 52.970092 -1.153259 8 Park Plaza Nottingham , 41 Maid Marian Way , ☏ +44 333 400 6148 , [email protected] . Comfortable hotel in the city centre. £56 .  
  • 52.955596 -1.161837 9 SACO Apartments , The Ropewalk, NG1 5BB , ☏ +44 117 970-6999 . Check-in: 4PM , check-out: 10AM . Near the city centre with easy access to Queens Medical Hospital and the University of Nottingham. There are no surprises in the rooms as they meet their website descriptions and pictures perfectly, with friendly reception staff and all the facilities you need, even for a long-term stay. from £64 per night .  
  • 52.944715 -1.16436 10 Holiday Inn Nottingham , Castle Bridge Road Castle Marina Park, NG7 1GX , ☏ +44 115 993-5000 , [email protected] . Check-in: 2PM , check-out: 11AM . In a peaceful marina location. £65 .  
  • 53.024729 -1.31076 11 Eastwood Hall , Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottingham. NG16 3SS , ☏ +44 1773 532532 , [email protected] . Hotel and event venue offering 150 bedrooms and 36 meeting/event rooms, all connected to WiFi. ( updated Nov 2018 )
  • 52.95192 -1.156489 12 Hart's Hotel , Standard Hill, Park Row , ☏ +44 115 988 1900 . £56 .  
  • 52.903179 -1.240977 13 Village Nottingham , Brailsford Way, Chilwell, NG9 6DL , ☏ +44 871 222 4602 . Offers over 130 bedrooms, a health club, the Verve Grill restaurant, the Victory Pub & Kitchen, the Vibe Cafe and a hair salon. The hotel also has 11 meetings & conference rooms. Booking is available online. £55 .  
  • 52.905 -0.929 14 Langar Hall , Church Lane, Langar NG13 9HG ( 12 mi (19 km) southeast of city ), ☏ +44 1949 860559 . Upscale country hotel in Georgian mansion with fine dining. B&B double £130 . ( updated Jun 2020 )

Camping [ edit ]

In surrounding area

  • 52.932854 -1.052934 15 Thorntons Holt , Stragglethorpe , ☏ +44 115 933 2125 .  
  • 52.969229 -1.014999 16 Shelford Nurseries , Shelford Hill, Radcliffe on Trent , ☏ +44 115 933 3433 .  

Stay safe [ edit ]

While overall a safe city, Nottingham has been highlighted by the media for gun and knife crime in its suburbs, acquiring the (mostly tongue-in-cheek) nickname 'Shottingham'. It is best to avoid walking late at night through St Ann's (a council estate northeast of the Victoria shopping centre) and The Meadows (between the railway station and the river). Normal precautions for large western European cities should be undertaken by individuals after dark, especially for lone females.

Go next [ edit ]

  • For keen walkers, Matlock and the Derbyshire Peak District can be reached in about an hour by car. To get there by public transport, catch the Red Arrow (£6 'zigzag' day ticket, takes 30 min, every 10 min) from the Victoria Bus station to Derby, and change to the TransPeak (£5.90 each way, takes about an hour, hourly). An alternative for the more budget conscious traveller is the 6.1 bus from Derby to Bakewell , which takes longer but is included in the trentbarton 'zigzag' day ticket.
  • Derby is a neighboring city and is easily accessible by bus (£6 day ticket).
  • Lincoln is not too far away by rail.
  • Sheffield , about an hour away from Nottingham by rail or road, is a slightly larger city and a popular cultural and shopping destination.
  • There are direct trains from Nottingham to the famous seaside resort of Skegness .

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