As the historic home of Robin Hood, Nottingham has some fascinating stories to tell. But there’s far more to the city than men in green tights. Boasting both historical and cultural gems mixed with a plethora of shopping and fancy eateries – Nottingham is a seamless blend of old and new.
The dynamic East Midlands county capital has a vibrant centre thanks to a high-spirited student population while historical sites such as the 16th Century Wollaton Hall and Park are popular permanent features that make this a city you never want to leave.
Take a look at our top five reasons why Nottingham is an absolute must-visit city.
You don’t have to travel too far to get some good grub in Nottingham, with centrally located Sat Bains and its two Michelin Stars the go-to place for foodies. Have dinner on the chef’s table or take your time over a 10 course taster menu in the bar. Sat Bains is an amazing eating experience and you may even spot a few celebrities over a glass of champagne.
If you would prefer a traditional pub over fine dining, Nottingham has a classic collection serving up delicious light bites and craft ales. The Bell Inn is the oldest in the city with live jazz music twice a week and a weekly open mic night.
With an ever-expanding street art scene, Nottingham has become a hub for up-and-coming talent, and you really don’t have to go far to stumble across one-off exhibitions. The New Art Exchange is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to cultural diversity in the arts.
Also well worth a visit is the Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the UK. Wonder through the gallery and marvel at the interesting and sometimes whacky exhibitions.
Awe-inspiring architecture is at the heart of Nottingham’s main attractions. Wollaton Hall and Park dates back to the 1500s and with it’s flamboyant in design is typical of the English Renaissance period. Ever since Wollaton opened to the public in 1926, it’s become home to the city’s Natural History Museum and its vast collection of minerals, insects and birds.
Another treasure is Tudor manor house Holme Pierrepont Hall, as the earliest example of a brick building in the county. This grand building is located just south of Nottingham city centre and set in 30 acres of picturesque parkland, which are definitely worth a walk around.
Nottingham’s hidden gems reveal the city’s varied cultural heart. For carefully chosen second-hand fashion head to Cow Vintage. The city’s alternative clothing scene has seen a huge boom and Cow has already become a firm favourite for those in the vintage know. The shop is around a 30 minute drive out of the city centre.
Tucked away in Nottingham’s West End Arcade you’ll find food lover’s dream, Aubrey’s Traditional Crêperie. Taking inspiration from the Brittany region of France – all dishes are lovingly prepared and made fresh to order.
Over 544 caves have been uncovered in and around Nottingham giving it the nickname ‘The City of Caves’. Around 100 of these were only discovered in the last few years and were once used for a variety of needs, from bomb shelters to dungeons.
Nottingham’s Castle is an attraction in its own right not least because deep underground lies secret passageway ‘Mortimer’s Hole’. The underground walkway was famously used in the 14th Century to capture Earle Roger Mortimer, who briefly appointed himself King of England after overthrowing Edward II.
To fully explore all the amazing qualities the wider city has to offer you can hire a car from one of our Nottingham pick-up points.