Visit Nottingham Castle for a spectacular example of a 17th century mansion built on the site of a medieval castle. The site is also home to a museum and art gallery, and sits in six acres of beautiful Victorian-inspired gardens. There's also a children's medieval-themed playground.
Lovers of literature are in for a real treat, as nearby is the birthplace of author DH Lawrence. Now a museum dedicated to his life and work, you can explore the roots of Victorian England's greatest author, learn all about his family life and explore exhibition rooms which display many of his possessions.
Exploration continues below the streets with a tour of the City of Caves. This limestone labrynth beneath the cobbles is accompanied by a fantastic audio tour explaining their history and use over the centuries.
A visit to Sherwood Forest is a must when visiting Nottingham. The spectacular forest of legend has enchanted people the world over for generations. Inside the forest, you’ll also find clusters of country parks, stately homes and a nature reserve. A whole day can be spent exploring the forest and its many hidden delights.
For a more relaxing way to explore the city’s history and culture, Nottingham is home to several great museums and galleries. From the New Art Exchange (a fantastic showcase of modern art) to the splendour of Newstead Abbey (former home of poet Lord Byron); each museum has interactive exhibits that the whole family can enjoy.
Nottingham is built on top of a network of caves, and a fun-filled few hours can be spent exploring them. In the past, the City of Caves (as they are known locally) has been used as homes, work spaces, and even hiding places! New children’s activities mean there’s lots for little ones to do, too.
Dining & Shopping
City centre dining is something Nottingham has a great reputation for, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to where you want to eat. The city is home to over 300 restaurants and cafes, most of which are based in and around the city centre. Cuisine from around the world is celebrated here, venues are family friendly, and prices suit any budget.
The city centre is a shopaholic’s haven; it is packed with high street favourites, and independent retailers selling unique items and one-off bargains.
The width of the city centre can be walked in around 10 minutes, which means less time for walking and more for shopping.
Did you know?
Nottingham’s 5-acre Wollaton Hall was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.
The prototype video cassette recorder was invented in Nottingham, in 1963. Called the Tel-Can, it could record up to 20 minutes of footage in black and white.
Tarmac is another invention Nottingham gave the world. Invented in 1901 by local resident Edgar Hooley, nearby West Bridgford became the world’s first tarmacked road.