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  • 1. History of Nottingham

    The castles, caves, churches, historical houses and museums are just some of the ways Nottingham displays its long and varied history. People have been living on the site for thousands of years. The Romans and the Saxons had settlements on the site and the name Snotengaham eventually became the name it is today. There is a network of man-made caves in Nottingham that have been ...Read moregiven Ancient Monument Protection. The site of Nottingham Castle has a busy history. Castles have been built and destroyed on the hill and the building that stands there now is actually a grand house, built in 1678. In the legend of Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham lived in a castle on the site. Read less

  • 2. Now in Nottingham

    Nottingham city centre streets are pedestrianised and a tram system helps visitors get around. It is a modern city with great shopping facilities, restaurants and bars but also plenty of historical sightseeing and more traditional markets. Nottingham is popular with tourists due to the nearby Sherwood Forest, home to the legend of Robin Hood. The University of Nottingham is wel...Read morel respected, especially in the area of research. Read less

  • 3. Events in Nottingham

    The legend of Robin Hood is celebrated every year at Nottingham Castle with the Robin Hood Pageant. There are plenty of other festivals on the city’s calendar to celebrate art, comedy, food, music, film, books and children. Some of the main events are the CAMRA Beers and Cider Festival, the Headstock music festival, the Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival (NEAT), th...Read moree Splendour Music Festival and the International Byron Festival. Smaller events include brass bands playing in the city’s parks, live music in the Old Market Square and the Goose Fair. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Nottingham

    Old Market Square in the city centre is the second largest public square in the UK and was redeveloped in 2006. The site has an ice rink set up in the winter, a beach in the summer, markets and music festivals. The Galleries of Justice Museum is a popular with visitors and has won many tourism attraction awards. It is set in a former 18th century prison and courthouse and one o...Read moref its displays is of evidence from the Great Train Robbery trial. The historic Nottingham Castle is now a museum of fine art for tourists to visit. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Nottingham

    Brewhouse Yard Museum is at the bottom of Castle Rock and takes visitors back in time. Tourists can get inside an air raid shelter, walk inside rooms set up as they would have been over the last 300 years and even look through cupboards in the kitchen to get a feel of life in a bygone age. Ferry Farm on the outskirts of the city has animals, an indoor activity centre, go-kartin...Read moreg and an adventure playground for the children. Floralands Garden Village and Farm Park on the outskirts of Nottingham has animals, a play area and a miniature railway as well as plenty of plants and flowers. Green’s Windmill and Science Museum in the city teaches children about the work of scientist and mathematician George Green. It is a working windmill and at night visitors can do a bit of star spotting through the telescope. Read less

  • 6. Business in Nottingham

    The two major shopping centres in Nottingham centre are Westfield Broadmarsh and the Victoria Centre and on the outskirts of town is the East Midlands Designer Outlet. The city centre also has an area of Bohemian shops, an area of designer stores and plenty of high street names. There are many pubs, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets as well as an abundance of ...Read moretea rooms and cafes. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Nottingham

    There are great rail links from Nottingham to major cities in the UK such as Birmingham, London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Nottingham is close to the M1 motorway and the major A-roads feeding into the city are the A52, the A60 and the A453.

  • 8. Entertainment in Nottingham

    The Nottingham Playhouse is a venue for music, drama and dance. The Royal Centre, which is made up of the Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall, is a venue for family entertainment, musicals, drama, dance, ballet, comedy, opera, classical music and contemporary and pop music. Lakeside Arts Centre offers music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, family and film events and ha...Read mores three different galleries, a café and restaurant. Nottingham Arts Theatre in the city centre is a community theatre run by volunteers. It seats 321 people and stages its own productions as well as hosting visiting companies. There are many cinemas in Nottingham, including the world’s smallest cinema, which has just 21 seats Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Nottingham

    Nottingham Castle and its hill Castle Rock are well known landmarks, largely due to the legend of Robin Hood. A statue of Robin Hood sits at the bottom of Castle Rock in what was once the castle moat. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is Nottingham’s famous pub – the oldest pub in England. It is thought to date back to the 12th century. Woollaton Hall is a Grade I listed building o...Read moren the edge of the city centre, displaying stunning Tudor-style architecture. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Nottingham

    The man who started up Boots the Chemist was called Jesse Boot, and he was from Nottingham.


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