Despite the Robin Hood connection, you don’t need to rob from the rich to afford cheap coach tickets to Nottingham. A buzzing modern city with no shortage of history, Nottingham has plenty of fun things to do.
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The legendary home of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a city steeped in history and alive with culture.
There are tons of things to see here, from popular tourist attractions to hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Here’s our shortlist of the best events and places to visit in Nottingham.
For a slice of authentic Italian cuisine, head to Inferno Pizza for cheap bites, tons of toppings and delicious dough. It’s one of the best restaurants in Nottingham for those on a budget. In fact, city centre dining is something Nottingham has a great reputation for, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where you want to eat.
Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie
One of Nottingham’s best restaurants for original and inventive cuisine, Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie has a flexible menu loved by vegans, veggies and meat eaters alike. Tucked away in the West End Arcade, Aubrey’s serves delicious crepes to suit all tastes, and diners love the friendly service.
Order from a delicious array of curries at affordable prices at MemSaab, one of Nottingham’s best restaurants. This favoured curry house combines fine dining at reasonable prices for a great night out.
Have a blast at Nottingham Oktoberfest
This autumn, a night out in Nottingham doesn’t come any more epic than the Oktoberfest celebrations. Featuring a giant marquee with 2,000 seats and a sociable table layout, a trip to Oktoberfest has all the ingredients for a great night in Nottingham. Catch the festivities between 25 and 29 October.
Experience old world charms with a pint of ale
If you fancy a night out in Nottingham that’s unlike any other, visit Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which claims to be the country’s oldest inn. This one-of-a-kind venue is one of Nottingham’s top pubs, somehow carved beneath a rocky ridge, giving it a uniquely cosy atmosphere.
Have a wild night at Rock City
In the rock ‘n’ roll stakes, Nottingham’s live music scene competes with the best around. Rock City is one of Nottingham’s best nightclubs and places to dance the night away. With affordable drinks, banging tunes and a buzzing atmosphere, Rock City is the perfect choice for a great night out.
intu Victoria Centre
If shopping centres are where you like to treat yourself, look no further than the intu Victoria Centre. The city centre’s premier shopping destination has landmark stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser, and following an extensive refurbishment, is a pleasant place to wander and grab a bite to eat.
For more than 75 years, The Exchange has been an essential destination for luxury and affordable shopping in Nottingham. In the stunning glass-ceilinged arcade you’ll find boutique stores and familiar high street names to suit any budget.
In the heart of the Lace Market district is Debbie Bryan, an award-winning boutique with original textiles, ceramics, prints, homeware and jewellery. Browse for affordable gifts and trinkets, then stick around for afternoon tea and cake in the charming café.
Visit Nottingham Castle for a spectacular example of a 17th century mansion built on the site of a medieval castle. One of the city’s top tourist attractions, 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.
DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum
Lovers of literature are in for a real treat at the birthplace of author DH Lawrence. Now a museum and tourist attraction dedicated to the author’s life and work, you can explore the roots of one of England's greatest modernist writers, learn all about his family life and explore exhibition rooms which display many of his possessions.
Theatre Royal & Concert Hall
For those who love performing arts, one of the best places to visit in Nottingham is the Theatre Royal & Concert Hall. Time your visit to coincide with a West End transfer, whether you’re into musicals or plays. The venue plays host to opera, classical music and comedy shows all-year round, so if you’re unsure about what to see in Nottingham, you needn’t worry.
Enchant them with a day in the forest
For an unforgettable family day out, a visit to Sherwood Forest is a must when visiting Nottingham. The spectacular forest of legend has enchanted people the world over for generations. On your adventure, you’ll 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.
Inspire them with a cultural outing
Nottingham is packed with galleries and museums where you can have a fun day out with the family. New Art Exchange is a stylish modern art gallery with special family days, art clubs and children’s workshops outside of term time.
Let them explore underground caves
No day out in Nottingham is complete without a trip to the City of Caves, a popular family-friendly attraction. Nottingham is built on top of a network of caves, and a fun-filled few hours can be spent exploring the labyrinth of former homes, work spaces, nooks and crannies. With special children’s activities and a fantastic audio tour, this attraction offers an experience to remember.
Discover the man, the myth, the legend
Some of Nottingham’s most famous tourist sites are centred on Robin Hood, the city’s folk hero immortalised by Hollywood. Start at Nottingham Castle, home of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and have your picture taken with the Robin Hood statue outside. Outside the city, explore the legendary Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak tree associated with the Robin Hood legend.
Ride the tram for a sweeping vista
Nottingham is blessed with a modern tram system, the Nottingham Express Transit, which is fantastic for getting around at affordable prices. See the city blur past from the comfort of your seat, and hop on and off at key destinations like Old Market Square and the Lace Market.
Wander through Nottingham’s Creative Quarter
The Lace Market neighbourhood shows Nottingham at its boho best. Spend some time in this fascinating district where former warehouses and salesrooms have since been transformed into bars, restaurants and shops. Attractions include the Nottingham Justice Museum and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.
Nottingham's Broadmarsh Bus Station has temporarily relocated to Station Street (next to Nottingham Train Station).
The new bus station is expected to open towards the end of 2019.
For a taste of something a little quirkier than most restaurants in Nottingham, try the Wonderland Café. Here, you’ll experience something akin to a mad hatter’s tea party, with a warm welcome from the Queen of Hearts in the colourful Alice in Wonderland-themed surroundings.
Leave the central sights behind and head north of the city to Newstead Abbey, a historic country home and one-time dwelling of Lord Byron. The beautiful grounds with lakes, ponds and waterfalls provide a lovely environment to explore.
On Broad Street you’ll find Wild Clothing, a Nottingham institution as far as fashion lovers are concerned. Rummage through the rails to find affordable clothes, vintage wares and denim galore.
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