||As the undisputed
capital of the East Midlands, the historic city of Nottingham
has a lot to live up to. But after reading our quick
guide to the city we’re sure you’ll agree,
there’s plenty more to this place than the Sheriff
and Robin Hood.
For a start it has the ninth largest travel-to-work
area in England with a population of 740,000 and
some three million people living within an hour's drive,
so there's always plenty happening.
History is never far away in Nottingham though, with
reminders of the legendary hero Robin Hood and his merry
men at every turn, including the world famous Tales
of Robin Hood exhibition [map] and, on the outskirts
of town, Sherwood Forest Country Park [map].
Other historical sites well worth checking out while
you’re here include; the unique labyrinth of caves
under the city’s street, the Nottingham Castle
Museum and Art Gallery [map], and close to this,
the spot where Charles I raised his standard to begin
the English Civil War.
Many fine old buildings remain in Nottingham, including
the 15th century St Mary’s Church [map],
numerous Georgian townhouses and several picturesque
pubs and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub [map],
reputedly the oldest in England.
The city is also famous for its lace and to commemorate
this 18th century industry there are plenty of modern
day attractions, including the Lace Centre [map], where you can buy lace, and the Lace Market
Centre [map], which has a visitors centre with
shop and café.
As one of the UK’s top four shopping locations,
Nottingham is undoubtedly a shoppers’ paradise
with a great mix of modern shopping centres, traditional
markets and designer boutiques, including local designer Paul Smith’s [map] first store at Bridlesmith Gate.
And for those seeking entertainment there is a huge clubbing scene where top
name DJs make regular appearances, as well as elegant
theatres and art-house cinemas, including the Theatre
Royal [map] and the Broadway Cinema [map].
If major sporting events are
more your style, then you won’t be disappointed
either as there is a wide choice of first class cricket,
football, horse racing, tennis, water sports and golf
Finally, people like nothing better than a hearty meal
after all that sightseeing and that’s why Nottingham
has a huge selection of restaurants
and cafés in the city centre, including a
branch of the world famous Hard Rock Café [map],
where you can enjoy a huge American-style dinner.
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