Top 5 Things To Do In Nottingham
Not only is the wonderful city of Nottingham home to both Nottingham Forest F.C and Notts County Football Clubs, it is a place famously known for its legendary outlaw Robin Hood, the rich culture, history and sporting events that has made Nottingham one of the UK’s best destinations to visit.
Whether you are looking to visit Nottingham for a day or weekend event, a looking to spend some time with family and friends, there is so much to see and do in a variety of outstanding attractions and venues across the city.
Also providing itself on a top university – The University of Nottingham, its high streets also excel in a vibrant nightlife culture. However if late nights on the town isn’t your thing, instead you can indulge in a range of top Michelin star restaurants or enjoy fresh, local produce inside the traditional market towns.
In all, Nottingham is a fantastic, fast paced city and well-worth a visit if you’re looking for a great time. Here is why we believe you should visit Nottingham.
The aforementioned legendary ‘stomping-ground’ of Robin Hood, the royal hunting area of Sherwood Forest is a beautiful 450 acre country park which is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.History shows that during the 1200s, which was popularly thought to be the time of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest covered a whopping 100,000 acres which was a fifth of the entire county of Nottinghamshire.
Today, not only is the forest home to a fascinating ecosystem, but you can also marvel in the shows of 900 veteran oak trees including a much celebrated ‘England’s Tree of the Year’.A wonderful day out for people of all ages, Sherwood Forest is a picturesque site with an abundance of wildlife and mature trees.
Relax in tranquillity as you follow the trails amongst the leafy glades, and keep your eyes peeled as you are likely to spot an abundance of birds including nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers and redstarts. If time allows, head on to browse the Visitor Centre shops or relax with a well earned cup of tea in the Forest Table Restaurant. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. See the Sherwood Forest Country Park website for park features and opening times.
Wollaton Hall, Gardens and Deer Park
As its website suggests, there are dozens of things to see and do during your visit to Wollaton Hall. From exploring the house, grounds and lake, to soaking up nature in the botanical gardens, you’re bound to have a wonderful experience.
Since first opening its doors in 1926, Wollaton Hall has also been home to the city’s Natural History and Industrial Museum. With an impressive collection of over 750,000 minerals, plants and eggs to invertebrates, vertebrates, and fossils, and the Industrial part showcasing a wide range of industrial machines and engines, this place is an unexpected gem. They have a varied number of knowledgeable volunteers around to explain everything to you, so you’re not left wondering off on your own. There’s no doubt visitors will learn something new during whilst there.
Not forgetting that Grade I listed Wollaton Hall further nestles in 500 acres of parkland which proudly boasts an jaw-dropping combination of woodland, grassland and wetland. Keep your eyes peeled as you are likely to see herds of red and fallow deer roam free. If you get thirsty from all of the walking, don’t forget to drop into the cafés and onsite shops.
Sports Fans Entertainment
With not one, but two football clubs to support in Nottingham, don’t be surprised to see a wave of football shirts around the city each weekend. Nottingham Forest supporters especially can take a break and see The City Ground from a whole new perspective by booking a fantastic stadium tour. A highly rated experience in Nottingham, tickets and times will vary, so be sure to book well in advance before your trip. If you’re not an avid football fan, then don’t despair as you can wander over to Trent Bridge instead, the cricket ground mostly used for Test, One-day international and County cricket located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.
If neither football and cricket does it for you, get the adrenaline pumping with some high-intense water sport activities such as white water rafting, white water tubing and powerboating. As you approach Nottingham, follow the brown tourist signs for the National Water Sports Centre which will direct you to the site. Further information can be found on their Holme Pierrepont County Park website.
Nottingham Playhouse is a beautiful theatre located at Wellington Circus and was first established as a repertory theatre in 1948. Formally operating from a former cinema in Goldsmith Street, the venue is the place to visit for world-class theatre productions, producing captivating and diverse drama, dance, comedy and music shows.
Surprisingly, The Playhouse can also be hired as a wedding venue for your perfect day. Alternatively, it can be used as a conference venue for important business meetings.
Touring work both nationally and internationally, the Playhouse has remained firmly rooted in its vibrant home city, where its spacious modernist building is still one of the region’s most popular landmarks. If you’re looking to see a show whilst visiting, be sure to check out their website to see what is on.
Old Market Square
Located in the centre of Nottingham, there is always something happening here. The ‘beating heart’ of Nottingham, the square is best enjoyed in the summer when the fountains are in full working order.
The Old Market Square is the largest surviving square in the United Kingdom and is a built up, vibrant, pedestrianised area covering approximately 22,000m².A well known focal point for visitors and residents alike, the square is where people come to meet, eat, greet and have many great days and nights out.
It is also the largest public space in the UK after London’s Trafalgar Square and is a major hub for the city’s social scene and transport links. As the colder months creep in, it’s also the perfect setting for major events and celebrations including the city’s Christmas Winter Wonderland. You can also buy local produce, including artisan cheese and meats, at the regular farmers’ markets which take place throughout the year. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets, don’t hesitate to visit one of the city’s most historic pubs – The Malt Cross and Bell Inn.