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Destinations > UK > Heart of England > Nottingham guide

The historical town of Nottingham and the county of Nottinghamshire are amazing to explore and discover. Nottingham has a colorful past of legends, castles and caves making it a delight underground as well as above. Plus there is a multitude of Heritage houses and gardens with their own unique beauty.

Nottingham has been home to many famous people from Robin Hood to D.H. Lawrence. Lawrence novels of 'Lady Chatterly's Lover', "Sons and Lovers', 'Women in Love', and 'The Rainbow' capture the area the best. The Lawrence Museum is a must for fans of the amassing novelist. For the followers of Robin Hood, the legendary hero, a trip to Sherwood forest will be a delight, were you will not only discover Robin and his merry men's hide away among the trees, but hear tales of the Green Man.

Nottingham is also home to another famous author J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Barrie lived and worked here on the 'Nottingham Journal'. While walking in Clifton Grove one day Barrie encountered a ragged child who is said to have inspired the character of Peter Pan. The Crimean cannons, lakes and island of the city's Arboretum Park became part of Barrie's imaginary "Neverland".

Nottingham is also legendary for its shopping and its nightlife, with over 1300 shops, over 200 restaurants and a multitude of Clubs, Pubs and Bars. There is no shortage of attractions and actions day and night.

The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking or cycling. Enjoy the gently rolling field and quiet woodlands, while taking time to explore the patch work quilts of the meadows and villages. The peaceful charm of Nottinghamshire is awaiting exploration, as well as the beautiful city of Nottingham.

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Royal Concert Hall
Location: Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 989 5555

Patchings Farm Art Center
This amazing art center is set in 60 acres of ground, with restored farm buildings housing 3 art galleries. The grounds have been lovingly planted for a painters paradise, were you can discover "Monets" famous lake and bridge.
Location: Oxton Road, Near Calverton
Telephone: 0115 965 3479

Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Center
Location: Forest Corner, Edwinstowe.
Telephone: 016233 82 40 33

Bramley Apple Exhibition
Location: Halam Road, Southwell, Nottingham
Telephone: 01636 81 32 04

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
Location: 8A Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottingham
Telephone: 01773 71 73 53

Pierrepont Gallery
Location: Thoresby Exhibition Center, Thoresby Park, near Ollerton, Newark, Nottingham
Telephone: 01623 82 23 65



Sherwood Forest - England's Heart of Oak
Here you can explore the legendary home of Robin Hood, follow the waymarked trails through ancient woodland, and see the famous Major Oak. Recreate and discover the mysteries of the famous outlaw Robin Hood.
Location: Sherwood Forest
Telephone: 01623 82 32 02

The World of Robin Hood
Here you will experience the world of Robin Hood while characters from the legend take you on a guided tour. Enjoy the Pageants, Archery, Banquets, Minstrel and much more.
Location: The heart of Robin Hood Country Sherwood Forest, 5 minutes from the Major Oak.
Telephone: 01623 86 02 10

Creswell Crags
Travel back in time to the home of the Ice Age Hunters between 45,000 and 12,000 years ago and discover their world. You will also see evidence of the Earliest art in Britain, over 12,000 years old, and enter the caves.
Location: Creswell Crags is on the B6042, between A616 and A60, one mile
East of Creswell village.
Telephone: 01909 720378

The Caves of Nottingham
Discover a hidden world beneath the streets. Here you will explore 700-year-old man-made caves and discover why, and what they are for.
Location: Drury Walk, 1st Floor, Broadmarsh Shopping Center, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 9241 424

Longdale Craft Center, Museum & Restaurant
Enjoy this amazing museum set in recreated Victorian streets. There is everything from jewelry, wood, sculptures and ceramics. Plus changing exhibitions in the art galleries.
Location: Longdale Lane, Near Calverton, Nottingham
Telephone: 01623 79 48 58

Greenwood Bonsai Studio
Here you can enjoy Britain's most comprehensive collection of Bonsai's, pots, books, tool and sundries. Also offering a wide range of courses and workshops on all aspects of Bonsai. A great experience set in quiet rural surroundings.
Location: Greenwood Gardens, Ollerton Road, near Arnold, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 920 5757

Papplewick Pumping Station
One of the finest examples of a late Victorian waterworks, with magnificent stained glass windows and gilded birds. Enjoy the amazing ability of the Victorians to combined art with engineering.
Location: Off Longdale Road, Ravenshead
Telephone: 0115 963 2938

The Tales of Robin Hood
Described by many as a little Disney Land, this is the World's Greatest Medieval Adventure. Discover the sight and sound of Medieval England,and escape the sheriff's arrows.
Location: Maid Marian Way, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 948 3284

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
Discover the home and inspiration that touched the famous writer.
Location: 8A Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire
Telephone: 01773 71 73 53

The Museum of Nottingham Lace
Discover the industry that built Nottingham in this delightful museum.
Location: 3-5 High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 989 7365

Wonderland Pleasure Park
Enjoy one of the largest outdoor adventure areas in the county, set in 30 acres of parkland on the edge of Sherwood Forest. Explore the large tropical houses with exotic butterflies and reptiles plus much more.
Location: White Post, Farnsfield, Newark
Telephone: 01623 88 27 73

The American Adventure
Enjoy the worlds largest triple drop log flume, or ride the run away train, plus don't miss the gravity defying rollercoaster, or the rapids. If this is too much sit and enjoy one of the many entertaining shows. A great day out for the whole family, plus much more.
Location: Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
Telephone: 01773 53 15 21

Nottingham's largest laser game adventure center, for ages 7 - 70+!
Location: Cranbrook Street, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 958 9178

Galleries of Justice
Travel through time and discover everything about justice in England through the ages, with lots of surprises and interaction, a great day out for the whole family.
Location: Lace Market, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 952 0555

Nottingham Castle Museum & art Gallery
Enjoy the temporary and permanent exhibitions, discover the story of Nottingham gallery and the under ground cave tours.
Location: Off Friar Lane, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 915 3700

Newstead Abbey
The magnificent former home of the poet Lord Byron can be explored and discovered as well as the spectacular gardens.
Location: Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire
Telephone: 01623 45 59 00

Green's Mill
Here you can enjoy a 19th century windmill that is fully operational, plus test your skills in the science center.
Location: Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 915 6878

Brewhouse Yard Museum
Discover the museum of Nottingham life, set in 18th century cottages the museum presents a realistic glimpse of Nottingham life over the last 200 years.
Location: Castle Boulevard, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 915 3700

Museum of Costume and Textiles
Enjoy these beautiful displays of costume from the1790's to the mid 20th century presented in there respective period rooms.
Location: Castle Gate, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 915 3500

Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum and Park
Set in over 500 acres of parkland the magnificent Tudor building of Wollaton Hall is home to the Natural History Museum with plenty for the whole family to explore and discover.
Location: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 915 3900



What makes a great Club is a matter of taste, but whatever you are looking for you are sure to find it in Nottingham, there is everything from 70's retro, pounding house, and heavy metal. Listed below is a sample selection of what is on offer.

Lizard Lounge
Location: 43 St Mary's Gate
Telephone: 0115 952

Dubble Bubble
Location: 19 Greyhound Street
Telephone: 0115 956 2006

Cookie Club
Location: 9 Pelham Street
Telephone: 0115 947 6136

Location: Barrasford House
Telephone: 0115 941 0445

Location: Redfield Road, Lenton
Telephone: 0115 986 3211

Rock City
Location: 8 Talbot Street
Telephone: 0115941 2544

The Academy
Location: 19 Stoney Street, The Lace Market
Telephone: 0115 941 7072

The Ball Room
Location: Marcus Garvey Center, Lenton Boulevard
Telephone: 0115 942 0297

Location: The Elite Building, Queen Street
Telephone: 0115 910 1111



There are many sporting activities to enjoy in Nottingham from those that work up a hard sweat to a stroll around Sherwood Forest.Water Meadows
This leisure pool includes a wave machine and 50 meter flume, plus Fitness guy and health suite.
Location: Titchfeild Park, Bath Street, Mansfield
Telephone: 01623 46 38 80National Water Sports Center
The center offers a wide range of water sports to suit everybody at any level. Set in 270 acres of beautiful parkland and home to the international 2000 meter regatta course.
Location: Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepon, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 982 1212Ramsdale Park Golf Center
Play 18, 27 or 36 holes, driving range and a choice of two courses.
Location: Oxton Road, Claverton, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 965 5600Shirland Golf Club
Set in tranquile rural setting this 18 hole golf course is very attractive.
Location: Shirland, Alfreton, Derby
Telephone: 01773 834 935



There are many places to drink in Nottingham ranging from pubs, bars and cafes. All of which cater for a variety of moods, from the livelier student pubs and bars to the trendy pubs and wine bars, or the more traditional alehouses. Below is a list of some of the pubs available. Below is a small sample but varied in venue style.

Location: Upper Parliament Street

Bar Oz
Location: St James Street

Behans Irish Bar
Location: St James Street

Bell Inn
Location: Angel Row

Location: Mansfield Road

Café Rouge
Location: 31 Bridlesmith Gate

Coach and Horse
Location: Upper Parliament Street

County Tavern
Location: High Pavement

Fat Cat Café Bar
Location: 11 Chapel Bar

Fu Bar
Location: Carlton Street, Hockley

Hand & Heart
Location: 65 Derby Road

Slug & Lettuce
Location: Low Pavement



There are many places to eat out in Nottingham, ranging from all prices and size of restaurant, many of which cater for special dietary needs, listed below is a sample selection of wh


Birds Nest
Location: 127 Mansfield Road
Telephone: 0115 947 0011

Location: 31 Greyfriar Gate
Telephone: 0115 950 1105

Location: 23 Hockley
Telephone: 0115 958 6037


Pierre Victoire
Location: 13-17 Milton Street
Telephone: 0115 941 2850

Le Tetard
Location: 10 Pilcher Gate
Telephone: 0115 959 8253

French Living
Location: 27 Kings Street
Telephone: 0115 958 5885


Shahi Mahal Tandoori
Location: 77a Upper Parliament Street
Telephone: 0115 948 3812

Location: 31 Mansfield Road
Telephone: 0115 947 4103

The Indian
Location: 5 Bentinck Road
Telephone: 0115 942 4922

City Spice
Location: Thurland Street
Telephone: 0115 941 2629


Trattoria Romo
Location: 157 Mansfield Road
Telephone: 0115 947 3450

Location: 95 Mansfield Road
Telephone: 0115 947 0219

Trattoria Conti
Location: Wheeler Gate
Telephone: 0115 947 4056



Shopping in Nottingham is a delight. This vibrant city offers over1300 shops from which to choice, there are also two major shopping centers for that essential all weather shopping. You will find everything from leading names in fashion to unique and risky clothing. There is also no shortage of craft, gift and antique shops making Nottingham a real shopper's paradise. Nottingham is also extensively pedestrianised making shopping safer and more enjoyable. Plus there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bistros to take a rest in, and when the weather permits al fresco dinning is a must for a real continental feel.




Nottingham's nearest airport is the East Midlands which is only a short journey by car, the next largest, nearest airport, is Birmingham or Manchester, were trains can be taken to Nottingham.


There is little problem accessing Nottingham by car, the A1, M1 and A38 can all be accessed from Nottingham. Once in Nottingham there are many car parks all over the city so there is little stress of finding places to park.


There are two bus stations in Nottingham, Broad Marsh and Victoria Bus station. A good local bus service run from these around the town and surrounding area. Alternately if you are wishing to travel to Nottingham by coach, National Express Coach services have a wide U.K. service with many pick up points and destinations.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Nottingham Train Station is situated on Station Street. There are main line services to Nottingham from all over the U.K. with good connections if there is no direct train.
National Rail Enquiery Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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