Kids & Families in Nottingham
|| If you’re
planning a family trip to Nottingham then you’ll
want to make sure there’s plenty for the kids to
do when you get there. To help you out we’ve put
together a summary of the best child-friendly places to
visit in and around the city centre...
When it comes to days out there is no shortage of destinations
in this city, as it is packed to bursting with great attractions
such as the Brewhouse Yard Museum [map].
Housed in five 17th century cottages just below the castle,
this museum recreates life in Nottingham over the past
300 years, with reconstructions of traditional shops and
homes among the many highlights here.
Another great place that will keep the little ones entertained
for hours is the City of Caves exhibition [map],
which is accessed through the Broadmarsh Shopping
Centre. Inside the 600-year-old caves you’ll find an air-raid shelter, a medieval underground
tannery, several pub cellars and even a mocked-up Victorian
slum dwelling, which are all brought to life by actors.
If your kids are the naughty type then a visit to the Galleries of Justice [map] should keep them on the straight and narrow (for a day
or so at least!). Here they can learn about 300 years
of crime, punishment and law, and could even find
themselves sentenced to death in a Victorian courtroom!
Most children are fascinated by myth and legend so why
not take them to the Tales of Robin Hood attraction [map] on Maid Marian Way. This waxwork-style museum,
which has a fairground style ride in it, takes you through
models of Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest in the
days of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
To learn more about the world’s most famous outlaw
head out of the city to Sherwood Forest Country Park [map], where you’ll find the historic Major
Oak and a visitors centre depicting how Robin would have
Other family-friendly attractions worth checking out during
your stay include the Nottingham Transport Heritage
Centre [map], a steam railway and bus museum
with train rides, and Green's Mill [map], a
fully operational windmill and science centre that was
once owned by physicist George Green.
If your kids are sport crazy then they’ll be happy
in Nottingham, what with two
football teams to watch, plenty of sports pitches,
an array of swimming pools and the National Ice Centre [map], what more could they ask for?
However, if you’re after something a little bit
different then take the short trip out of Nottingham to Jumicar [map] at Gunthorpe Bridge. At this
fantastic driving centre, the kids are firmly in
control as they drive a small car around a course, while
also learning to react to traffic lights and understand
road signs. By being in this situation themselves, they
learn how traffic appears to a driver, which helps to
improve their safety awareness as pedestrians and cyclists.
Jumicar is aimed at kids aged six to 12.
Also worth a visit if you’ve got a couple of hours
to spare is the Stonebridge City Farm [map] off Robin
Hood Street, which has been drawing in the crowds
since 1979. Animals here include horses, sheep, cows and
As the evening draws in the little ones may still need
entertaining so how about taking them to watch the latest
children’s blockbuster at the cinema.
Perhaps the best for kiddies is the Vue Cinema [map], which is part of the Cornerhouse complex in
the heart of Nottingham, however the Showcase [map] also offers some children’s films.
Nottingham is also home two ten pin bowling arcades, Megabowl [map] on Redfield Way and AMF Bowling [map] on Belward Street , while the city’s theatres,
such as the Theatre Royal [map], often stage
children’s shows and musicals.
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