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Culture Guide To Nottingham

Culture in Nottingham Nottingham is a cosmopolitan city with a thriving culture, thanks to its diverse mix of the traditional and contemporary.

A fine example of this is at the Royal Centre complex [map], where you’ll find the gloriously old Theatre Royal standing next to the strikingly modern Royal Concert Hall. Together these venues provide a stage for touring opera, drama and ballet along with leading orchestras and comedians.

Also part of the city’s fantastic arts scene is the Nottingham Playhouse [map] on Wellington Circus, which stages contemporary drama and dance productions. Outside on the forecourt is the hugely popular Sky Mirror sculpture, which was designed by Anish Kapoor and has won national praise.

For another taste of the distinctly modern head for the Cornerhouse complex [map] on Forman Street, a magnificent new building packed to bursting with entertainment, including restaurants, bars and a cinema.

If you’re a film buff then you may also want to pay a visit to the acclaimed Broadway Cinema and Media Centre [map] on Broad Street, which shows a wide range of arty films.

Nottingham is full of legend so if you want to learn a little bit more about the world’s most famous outlaw Robin Hood or the city’s hidden caves, then head to one of the many museums on offer. To uncover the truth behind the myth pay a visit to the Tales of Robin Hood [map] attraction on Maid Marian Way. This waxwork-style museum displays models of Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest in the days of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

If you fancy heading down to the 700-year-old caves that run underneath the city’s streets then get along to the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre where you’ll find the City of Caves exhibition [map]. Inside the caves is an air-raid shelter along with a medieval underground tannery, several pub cellars and even a mocked-up Victorian slum dwelling.

There’s also the renowned Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery [map], which opened in 1875 and depicts the city’s history through a selection of permanent collections.

Finally to see one of the finest examples of Tudor splendour go to the Wollaton Park estate [map], where you’ll find Wollaton Hall. Among the delights here is the Industrial Museum and the city’s Natural History Museum.

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