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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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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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