Visit Nottingham: Your travel guide

Nottingham and Robin Hood go together like bows and arrows. Yet there’s much more to the city than men in tights. It brims with friendly locals, a carefree student population and great nightlife. From hip Hockley to historic Wollaton Hall, Nottingham’s richer than Prince John’s coffers.

Things to do in Nottingham

City of Caves
A world beneath your feet. This network of underground caves was inhabited by Nottingham’s poorest residents for centuries. There are plenty of fascinating tales to be told. Sign up for a guided tour with Annie and Archie, the caves’ in-house archaeologists. They will walk you through the darkened tunnels and spin subterranean yarns that dig to the heart of Nottingham’s past.
1st Floor, Broad Marsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham, NG1 7LL
Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–17:00
Galleries of Justice
“In the clink you go!” Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol have seen their fair share of gruesome events down the centuries. In fact, this ghoulish museum has even won prizes for its hauntedness! Get the low-down on this house of crime and punishment with one of their guided tours. Take your pick from the Ghost Tour, Terror Tour, Prisoner Tale Tour and more.
High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
Open Monday–Friday 09:00–17:00, Saturday–Sunday 10:00–17:00
Nottingham Castle
Don’t expect turrets. This was once the site of a mighty 11th-century citadel, which was razed back in 1649. According to legend, it was the scene of the final showdown between Robin Hood and the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Today it’s a stately home filled with artwork. It’s also the site of the delightful Trip to Jerusalem pub, which is allegedly the oldest in the world.
Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–17:00
Rock City Nottingham
Rock on! As the name suggests, this music venue is all about volume-up-to-eleven, guitar-based shenanigans. As you’d expect from a rock cathedral, it’s not your average concert hall. Beer’s available in two-pint cups, your feet stick to the floor with every step and the acoustics are finely tuned for connoisseurs’ eardrums. Perfect for a wild night out!
8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG
Open Monday–Tuesday 10:00–18:00, Wednesday–Saturday 10:00–18:00 and 22:00–03:00
Capital FM Arena Nottingham
Fancy going to a gig? What a capital idea! This sizeable venue has a busy roster of musicians and comedians to get your feet a-tappin’ and your head a-bangin’. It’s seen A-listers galore, from Elton John and Kylie Minogue to Metallica. Don’t hang about for tickets – when it comes to big-name concerts, overnight queues complete with tents are commonplace.
Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA
Open Monday–Friday 09:00–21:00, Saturday 08:00–21:00, Sunday 08:00–17:00
Nottingham Playhouse
Laugh, cry, stroke your chin with an air of studied erudition! Nottingham Playhouse lets you tap into the full range of emotions, with a schedule that’s packed full of comedies, tragedies, stand-up and musicals. Pick up tickets from the box office, snaffle a pre-show burger at Cast restaurant, then take your seat for the big performance. Bravo!
Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF
Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–18:00. Check website for details.
Mortimer's Hole
These caves under Nottingham Castle come with a gruesome backstory. They’re named after Roger Mortimer, the treacherous 14th-century nobleman who plotted the murder of Edward II. A hit squad snuck through these tunnels and captured him when he was hiding out here, bringing about his sticky end. Take a cave tour and plumb the depths of these spooky tunnels’ history.
Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–17:00
Highfields Park
Fancy a lungful of fresh air? Mosey on down to Highfields Park to respire and perspire! This expansive park offers up all sorts of outdoor activities to get the blood pumping. Knock up on the tennis courts, have a kick-about on the lawns or indulge in a spot of croquet. Does a leisurely row upon the lake float your boat? No sweat, Highfields has you covered.
University Park, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Open Monday–Sunday 10:30–19:00
Wollaton Hall and Park
Ever checked out a real-life Bat-lair? This stunning stately home was featured in Hollywood director Christopher Nolan’s series of Batman films, making an appearance as Batman’s (aka Bruce Wayne’s) mansion. There’s a stunningly filmic quality to the grand Renaissance façade, pristine lawns, and ample grounds peppered with resident deer and peacocks.
Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Sherwood Forest
Robin Hood – fact or fiction? This mediaeval folk hero is the stuff of legend. He's synonymous with Sherwood Forest, his iconic hideout. As you stroll through the ferns, picture the Merry Men lurking in the undergrowth, poised to ambush any passing ne’er-do-wells. To really get into the spirit, what better way of exploring Robin’s old haunt than on horseback?
Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN
Visitor Centre: Open Monday-Sunday 10:00–17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.

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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
The town centre for shopping is brilliant. The choice of pubs, bars and restuarants is immense. The trip of Jerusalem,The Crosskeys and the Bell Inn are very welcoming pubs. Even at 1am we felt safe. Saturday night the whole place was awesome.
julie
United Kingdom
10 July 2017
10
Exceptional
Visited Patchings art festive at Calverton. Had a wonderful few days and could easily have stayed longer! Beautiful venue with excellent demos, workshops and material for sale. Artists and craftsmen of all standards will love this event.
Loretta
United Kingdom
16 July 2017
10
Exceptional
Nottingham was a very nice town I wasn't there long enough to enjoy more My son showed me the lake and waterfall around the campus where he has been for the last 4 years that was very pretty
Lisa
United Kingdom
16 July 2017
10
Exceptional
We went t see Test match at Trent Bridge, but were delighted to discover Marco Pierre White restaurant around the corner which was great. The icing on the cake !
Derek Davies
United Kingdom
15 July 2017
10
Exceptional
Never visited Nottingham before pleasantly surprised definitely something for everyone
Christopher
United Kingdom
10 July 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Nottingham

Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

8.4 Very good

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Jurys Inn Nottingham

8.6 Fabulous

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£48

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Park Plaza Nottingham

8.3 Very good

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£52

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De Vere Orchard Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

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£49

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St James Hotel

8.4 Very good

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£50

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Lace Market Hotel Nottingham by Compass Hospitality

8.8 Fabulous

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£54

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ibis Nottingham Centre

8.3 Very good

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£35

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Park Inn by Radisson Nottingham

7.8 Good

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£40

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Holiday Inn Nottingham

8.4 Very good

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£58

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Discover Nottingham

Popular neighbourhoods in Nottingham

Lace Market

3 properties

Frills and thrills. Nottingham was once a world leader in lace production, and it was here that this delicate fabric was made and sold. Today, the area’s laced with funky eateries and bars. Embrace the changing times at Pitcher & Piano, a gothic church-turned-gastropub. Sip a cheeky cocktail at The Lacehouse, then groove into the wee hours at Gatecrasher.

Hockley

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This little area specialises in the cool, the quirky and the curious. Independent shops line the streets, and alternative hangouts abound. It’s a shopaholic’s playground – Cow for vintage clothing, 5 Dots for art and Bookwise for second-hand tomes. Chomp on a curry from Anoki, then head to Tilt or the Rum House for cocktails in the coolest company.

Local tips for Nottingham

Picnic at Newstead Abbey
Debbie by Debbie

Debbie's lived in sunny Spain for 7 years, but is always proud to say she's from Robin Hood country.

If you want a bit of dramatic inspiration, legendary wild poet Byron’s imposing Gothic home at Newstead Abbey is just down the road. History buffs can visit the house at the weekends, while locals picnic by the lake, with the original medieval abbey as a stunning backdrop for selfies!

  • Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8NA
  • www.newsteadabbey.org.uk
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–17:00
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Ben by Ben

Songwriter and ace guitarist Ben loves travelling, cooking and football.

Pubs don't come more unique and characterful than this. It claims to be the oldest pub in England and is built into stone caves alongside Nottingham Castle, There's a garden and courtyard, souvenir shop and you can even take tours of the cellars. Cheers!

  • Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, NG1 6AD
  • triptojerusalem.com
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–23:00, Friday–Saturday 11:00–00:00, Sunday 11:00–23:00
Rescue Rooms
Sam by Sam

Polyglot Sam enjoys independent cinema and taking in the sunset on far-flung beaches.

With capacity for just 450 people, Rescue Rooms is a great place to see an intimate set from your favourite band. Previous performers include The Libertines, Bloc Party and The Killers, so when the next big thing hits the mainstream, you can say you saw them here before they were cool.

Arboretum Park
Emma by Emma

Scottish Emma is enjoying being back in Blighty after spending time living in Spain and Germany.

Arboretum Park is Nottingham's oldest public park and the nearest one to the city centre. Whenever I'm in town, I pop down to have a picnic or relax with a coffee and a book. Bird lovers will love the big pond with ducklings, as well as the on-site aviary.

Broadway Cinema
Jack by Jack

Jack's a big fan of secret bars and restaurants, and loves Nottingham's happening social scene.

Broadway's a very cool indie cinema which shows a great range of movies, from blockbusters to arthouse stuff, as well as retrospectives. They also have events and themed nights. There's a bar, and you can take your pint or sandwich in with you to watch the film.

  • 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL
  • www.broadway.org.uk
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 09:00–23:00, Thursday–Saturday 09:00–00:00, Sunday 12:00–23:00
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Recommendations for Nottingham

I went to see the Michael Ball Concert. This is a big treat every 2 years if we are lucky. Once again Michael was Superb, Amazing, Fantastic. He can sing anything, and his voice is so strong and better than ever. Can't wait till November to see him in Mack and Mabel. Seat's booked already1

Every shop you could want including Loakes, handmade shoe shop for men. CHeaper than the South. Lots of little shops as well as the popular department stores

A walk around the gardens of Nottingham castle is fascinating and educational. There is also the oldest inn in England

People tend to be calm and relax about things....

Size?, Footasylum, Footlocker, Urban Outiftters

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Why would you recommend Nottingham for food?

Something for everyone and cheap.

Andre rieu concert at the arena

Petite Paris on Kings Walk

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Transport

Nottingham transport

Taxi

There are lots of taxi ranks in Nottingham, mostly around Old Market Square. Alternatively, you can book one online or over the phone, or just hail one in the street. Taxis usually charge using the meter, with a starting tariff of GBP 2.75, with an additional GBP 1.65 per kilometre from then on. However, you might consider negotiating the price before your journey in order to avoid any surprises.

Bus

Nottingham's public transport network has won awards for its efficiency. Its extensive bus network runs during the evenings, as well as all day Sundays. You can get single tickets, day tickets or passes for longer periods. Check online to see which suits your stay best. If you're travelling elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, get the Sherwood Forester bus. It's a hop-on, hop-off bus service that goes to attractions in the surroundings, including Sherwood Forest.

Train

If you're travelling between the city centre and the suburbs, or further afield in Nottinghamshire, the Robin Hood train line is the one you want. However, for trips to other cities outside the county, you'll need to get a National Rail train. You can get to London, Birmingham and Manchester in under 2 hours. Tickets can be bought online or at the machines in the station.

Tram

Nottingham has 2 tram lines, which connect the outskirts to the city centre. They run regular services, with major stops that include Royal Centre, Old Market Square and the Lace Market. You can buy tickets on the trams themselves, just try to make sure you have something approaching the right change on you. Trams are easy to spot - they're white with a green trim.

Bicycle

Nottingham has a public rental bike system called Santander Cycles. You don't need to be registered - just insert your bank card in the nearest terminal (next to the bike racks) and off you go! The bikes are designed for short trips within the city, so they're only free for the first 30 minutes. When you're done, just drop off the bike at one of the other stations around the city.

Food in Nottingham

Top restaurants in Nottingham

High-end dining
Bar bites
Tilt Bar
Cheap 'n' tasty
French
Patisserie Valerie
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
200 Degrees Coffee
  • 16 Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:30–20:00, Saturday 08:00–19:00, Sunday 09:30–18:00
  • 200degs.com
  • 0044 115 837 3150
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Pit & Pendulum
  • 17 Victoria Street, Nottingham, NG1 2EW
  • Open Monday 12:00–23:00, Tuesday–Thursday 12:00–00:00, Friday–Saturday 12:00–01:00, Sunday 12:00–23:00
  • www.eerie-pubs.co.uk
  • 0044 115 950 6383
Cheap 'n' tasty
British
Homemade
  • 20 Pelham Street, City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 2EG
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 09:00–16:30, Wednesday–Saturday 09:00–17:30, Sunday 10:00–16:30
  • homemadecafe.com
  • 0044 115 924 3030
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Yamas Meze & Tapas
  • 5 Thurland Street, Nottingham, NG1 3DR
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 17:00–22:00, Wednesday–Saturday 12:00–22:00, Sunday 17:00–22:00
  • www.yamas.co.uk
  • 0044 115 950 1000
Good value
Cafe
Wired Cafe Bar
Cheap 'n' tasty
British
Homemade
  • 20 Pelham Street, City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 2EG
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 09:00–16:30, Wednesday–Saturday 09:00–17:30, Sunday 10:00–16:30
  • homemadecafe.com
  • 0044 115 924 3030
Good value
Indian
Kayal
Good value
International
Lee Rosy's Tea
Good value
Bar bites
BrewDog Nottingham
  • 20-22 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 16:00–00:00, Wednesday–Thursday 12:00–00:00, Friday–Saturday 12:00–01:00, Sunday 12:00–00:00
  • www.brewdog.com
  • 0044 115 958 5690
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Junkyard Bottle Shop and Pour House
High-end dining
Bar bites
Boilermaker
Good value
American
Five Guys
Good value
French
Le Bistrot Pierre
  • 13-17 Milton Street, Nottingham, NG1 3EN
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-15:00 and 17:30-22:00, Friday 11:30-15:00 and 17:30-23:00, Saturday 11:30-15:30 and 17:30-23:00, Sunday 11:30-15:30 and 17:30-22:00
  • lebistrotpierre.co.uk
  • 0044 115 941 2850
High-end dining
International
Loch Fyne
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Barburrito
Good value
Bar bites
Pepper Rocks
  • 12 Pepper Street, Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GH
  • Open Tuesday–Thursday 17:00–00:00, Friday 17:00–01:00, Saturday 15:00–02:00
  • pepperrocks.co.uk
  • 0044 115 958 6477
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Barburrito
Good value
Cafe
Edin's Deli Café
  • 15 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ
  • Open Monday 09:00–23:00, Tuesday–Thursday 09:00–00:00, Friday–Saturday 09:00–01:00, Sunday 09:00–19:00
  • 0044 115 924 1112
High-end dining
Thai
Tarn Thai
Good value
Brazilian
Tropeiro
Cheap 'n' tasty
European
Jamcafé
High-end dining
International
The Larder On Goosegate
High-end dining
Italian
Jamie's Italian
  • 24-26 Low Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DL
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 12:00–22:00, Thursday 12:00–22:30, Friday–Saturday 12:00–23:00, Sunday 12:00–21:00
  • www.jamieoliver.com
  • 0044 115 822 1421
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