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Places Of Interest in Nottingham

Places 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 to visit.

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 and law.

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 George Green.

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 and café.

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 costumes.

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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