Of Interest in Nottingham
||Nottingham is a
cool city that is full to the brim with myth and legend,
architectural gems and a wide range of exciting places
As the city stands on a mound of Sherwood sandstone that
is riddled with unique man-made caves, one of Nottingham’s
most intriguing attractions is the City of Caves exhibition [map].
Accessed through the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, this
museums gives you the chance to explore part of the 700-year-old
cave system, with highlights including an air-raid
shelter and a Victorian slum dwelling.
To learn more about the city’s illustrious history
head to the Galleries of Justice [map], housed in the
imposing Shire Hall, where you can travel through
time and learn about 300 years of crime, punishment
If it’s a taste of Nottingham’s wonderful
architecture you want to see then there are a number of
buildings in the city centre and beyond to ensure you
won't be disapppointed. There’s St Mary's Church [map] on High Pavement in the trendy Lace Market district,
which is reputedly one of the finest medieval buildings in the city. Also in the city centre is Ye Olde Trip
to Jerusalem [map] at the base of Nottingham Castle, which is the oldest
pub in England.
On the outskirts of Nottingham there’s Wollaton
Hall [map], a fine example of extravagant Tudor
architecture dating back to 1588, while at Sneiton
there’s Green's Mill [map], a fully operational
windmill and science centre that was once owned by physicist
Back in the 1700s Nottingham was famous for its lace and
there are plenty of attractions here today to commemorate
the industry, including the Lace Centre [map] on Castle
Road, a medieval building where you can see
and buy lace, and the Lace Market Centre [map] on High
Pavement, which has a visitors centre with shop
To stand where the legendary Robin Hood has stood, 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 and
his Merry Men would have lived.
Also out of town is the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum [map] in Eastwood, a heritage centre dedicated to the writer’s
life housed in his old home. There's also the magnificent Newstead Abbey [map] at Ravenshead, the former home of Lord Byron set
in 200 acres of parkland.
Back in the city centre there is plenty more to see when
night falls, thanks to the spooky Nottingham Ghost
and Pub Tours. The tour starts at the Salutation
Inn [map] on Main Marian Way and takes you through
the older parts of Nottingham near the castle, where the
street plan is almost 1,000 years old. A well-informed
guide tells you lots of ghost stories on the way round,
but not just where ghosts haunt, also why they haunt and
the different types of ghosts that exist.
If you’re feeling hungry why not stop at the Sheriff's
Lodge [map] on Canal Street, where you can enjoy a medieval
banquet and get dressed up to the nines in traditional
Finally, if you’re wondering how you’re going
to see all these fascinating places during your trip,
why not take the easy option of a guided tour. The Nottingham
Experience takes tourists from the castle gatehouse
on a 30-minute tour of the city and recounts the stories
behind the sights. To book your place, call 0115 911 5005.
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