The historic city of Nottingham, located on the banks of the River Trent, is an exciting and contemporary city offering a range of attractions, including a historic castle, a network of caves beneath the city, and excellent galleries and museums.
The legendary outlaw Robin Hood is by far the most famous figure in Nottingham’s past and the popular Tales of Robin Hood attraction offers a unique chance to experience life as he knew it. For the best views of the city, visit the castle. A 17th C mansion, built on the site of the medieval castle, is now a fascinating museum.
The city center is very compact, centered around the impressive old Market Square which is lined with excellent high street stores and home to seasonal markets throughout the year. Just a short walk from the square are the castle, the beautiful Theatre Royal, the designer shops of Bridlesmith Gate and the historic Lace Market, once home to England’s lace making industry and now a cultural quarter with alternative shops, cafes and bars.
Nottingham is renowned as England’s third city for shopping, with four covered shopping centers complementing the boutiques of Bridelsmith Gate and Hockley. But there’s more than just shopping, with arts and culture taking a prominent place in city life. Each year events range from open-air Shakespeare and music festivals in the parks, to the famous Goose Fair and the Robin Hood Pageant (held every October). Nottingham also boasts excellent dining, great nightclubs and a huge number of bars and pubs.
Nottingham is also an ideal base for exploring the stunning countryside of the Midlands. Just a short drive to the west is the Peak District National Park, offering some of the finest hiking in the UK, and just to the north is the expansive Sherwood Forest, once home to Robin Hood.