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Sherwood Forest, Wollaton Hall, and the Lace Market - What to See and Do in Nottingham

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Nottingham packs some impressive history and culture into its compact location on the River Trent. The city stands atop an intricate network of caves, has a 17th-century castle, and enchants kids with its many stories from the Robin Hood legend. Thanks to a lively student population, the town also offers many buzzy bars and clubs alongside a plethora of traditional pubs.

The Robin Hood legend


To this day, Nottingham still celebrates its close association with the mythical figures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. A statue of the well-known character stands proudly outside Nottingham Castle, and there are many walking tours that explore the story’s connection to the town. Nearby Sherwood Forest, with its 1,000-year-old "Major Oak," is said to be where most of Robin Hood’s adventures took place.


  • Sherwood Forest, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Tel: +44 1623 821 490; Website: Sherwood Forest

  • Robin Hood Town Tours, The Cross Keys Pub, Fletcher Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GJ; Tel: +44 844 477 5678; Website: Robin Hood Town Tours

Nottingham Castle


Set on a manicured hill overlooking the city, medieval Nottingham Castle was rebuilt in the mid 17th century by the Duke of Newcastle. Today, the castle is the venue for numerous art and history exhibitions and houses much of the city’s fine and decorative arts collections. Tickets for the castle also include entrance to the Museum of Nottingham Life, which exhibits objects reflecting 300 years of the city's history. Located at the foot of the hill, the museum is spread across a row of 17th-century redbrick cottages.


  • Nottingham Castle, Lenton Road, Nottingham NG1 6EL; Tel: +44 115 876 1400; Website: Nottingham Castle

  • Museum of Nottingham Life, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham NG1 6AD; Tel: +44 115 876 1400; Website: Museum of Nottingham Life


The Lace Market


Nottingham’s Lace Market area owes its name to the city’s Victorian reputation as the lace centre of the world. The 19th-century redbrick architecture still harks back to this time, but these days many hip bars and contemporary restaurants have taken over from the factories. Other attractions in the vicinity include the award-winning Galleries of Justice and 4 galleries housed within the embossed facade of Nottingham Contemporary.


  • Galleries of Justice, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN; Tel: +44 115 952 0555; Website: Galleries of Justice

  • Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB; Tel: +44 115 948 9750; Website: Nottingham Contemporary


Nottingham nightlife


The city’s spirited student population fuels the many trendy bars and restaurants, which offer excellent food and drink at reasonable prices. There’s also a very active live music scene. Internationally renowned bands have an arena and numerous well-sized venues to play in, while most smaller pubs and bars host regular music nights showcasing up-and-coming talent.


  • Capital FM Arena, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1LA; Tel: +44 843 373 3000; Website: Capital FM Arena

  • Rescue Rooms, Masonic Place, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LB; Tel: +44 115 828 3173; Website: Rescue Rooms


Wollaton Hall


A 14-minute drive from Nottingham city centre takes you to the Elizabethan Wollaton Hall and Park. The extensive grounds are famous for their roaming deer, and the hall's stately exterior will be recognizable to Batman fans thanks to its cameo as Wayne Manor in "The Dark Knight Rises." The hall has been home to Nottingham Natural History Museum since 1926, and at weekends the venue’s stable buildings open their industrial exhibitions to the public.


  • Wollaton Hall, Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2AE; Tel: +44 115 876 3100; Website: Wollaton Hall

  • Natural History Museum, Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2AE; Tel: +44 115 876 3100; Website: Natural History Museum