Things To Do In Nottingham
Why We Love Nottingham
No, not in that sense, but its sporting pedigree (including Torvill & Dean) is great. Try it for yourselves with some amazing activities.
Cocktails, bistros, hipster coffee hangouts, indie diners and craft beer, Nottingham is a foodie favourite.
It's not a massive city and so many of the best things to do in Nottingham are really easy to get to and enjoy.
How To Get Around Nottingham
Buses, trams and trains all operate, however, the city centre is pretty compact so you can dance from one end of the other (if that's your thing).
Nottingham CityCardCyles have docking stations around the city for you to travel, stay fit and not worry about leaving a carbon footprint.
If you are going to use public transport, grab a RobinHoodCard before you go which can be used and topped up throughout the city.
Things To Do In Nottingham At Night
There are some great things to do in Nottingham at night, one of our favourites is eat! Yes, we've got your attention now! If you love dining out then you'll be spoilt for choice with a massive variety of cuisine from Jamaican grills and American diners to Asian fusion and gastro pubs. If you prefer to go indie rather than the national diners there are some great independently owned venues. You can also get a taste of the city with cocktail bars, craft beer pubs and some epic clubs that attract a huge party crowd.
To Do List
Things to Do In Nottingham
If you're looking for Nottingham activities and attractions there is a wide selection of East Midland madness or relaxing ways to while away some quality time.
- National Justice Museum - Wait! This isn't your average crusty museum, it's packed with quite grizzly artefacts and information. Comedy characters bring the experience to life.
- National Ice Centre - After Mr Hood, Torvill and Dean are the city's most famous faces, you can get your skates on and take to the ice at one of the UK's best rinks.
- Nottingham Castle - On a par with the Tower of London and Leeds Castle, Nottingham Castle is a stunning edifice, perched over the city with a fascinating history.
- Tipsy Afternoon Tea - Not just any afternoon tea, enjoy dainty sandwiches, savoury treats, cakes, scones, along with tea and coffee, you can also sup some cocktails!
- The Caves - A huge network of caves run under the city that was once a whole city in itself with shops, businesses and later being used as air-raid shelters in WWII.
- Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem - Tunnelled into rock beneath the castle where you'll find cock-fighting pits, the pub claims to be Britain's oldest and once visited by Richard the Lionheart.
- Robin Hood Tour - The UK's most enduring fol-hero, this excellent tour separates the myth from facts and paints a portrait of the real Robin of Sherwood Forest.
- Activity Day - Nottingham activities and challenges are epic! From tank driving to axe throwing and everything in between. It's time to get your game faces on!
- Whitewater Rafting - Considered the UK's premier whitewater facility, you can get wet and wild and take on a totally new kind of adventure.
3 Weird Facts About Nottingham
- The town was once called 'Snottingham'! Named after the snotingas tribe. It was also called Snotengham, 'the homestead of Snot's people'. Snot was the name of a leader and means 'Cave'.
- There are over 700 caves running under the streets of the city that were once all inhabited.
- There is still a Sheriff of Nottingham to this day. The air-raid role is mostly ceremonial and doesn't involve hunting bandits.
Best Bits of Nottingham
Lace Market - It's where the party's at! Lace Market is the centre of the city's nightlife, packed with bars and clubs as well as vintage boutiques and independent shops.
Lenton - Popular with students, there are a few quirkier bars to be found in the small area, ideal if you like cheaper drinks and louder music.
West Bridgeford - A fifteen-minute walk south of the river, Bridgeford is full of upmarket restaurants, bistros and places to eat, drink and be merry men or women.
Sherwood Forest - You can't talk of Nottingham and not mention the famous forest, covering 1,045 acres. It's one of the UK's most unspoilt and historic woodlands.
Gotham - A small village outside the city it has a reputation for crazy dating back to a time the locals feigned madness to stop King John passing through their village.