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Known as the home of legendary outlaw Robin Hood, Nottingham abounds with history and culture. While the city’s folklore, galleries and museums keep culture aficionados entertained, its mix of independent shops and trendy boutiques attracts many shopping pilgrims.

 

Nottingham: city layout

Old Market Square is right in the middle of Nottingham’s compact city centre. Chain stores line the square, and the eastern end is dominated by Nottingham Council House. If you continue past this stately building, you’ll come to the narrow streets of Hockley and the red-brick buildings of The Lace Market.

 

In order to get to the River Trent, you’ll need to head south from the central square. Nottingham Train Station is right across the river, while Nottingham Castle lies to the west of intu Broadmarsh shopping centre.

 

Top attractions in Nottingham

Dating back to Norman times, Nottingham Castle commands a prominent position on top of the eponymous Castle Rock cliff. Nowadays, it is used primarily as a museum and houses historical exhibitions as well as a large collection of Nottingham’s decorative and fine art pieces.

 

The castle is built on top of a network of manmade sandstone caves from the Middle Ages. Tour guides regularly lead visitors through this subterranean world and entertain them with intriguing tales of the city’s history.

 

The concierge recommends…

  • A quick pint of real ale in Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, one of England’s oldest pubs.
  • Dining in one of The Lace Market’s fancy bistros. Many of the area’s former Victorian lace factories have been converted into some of the city’s trendiest eateries.
  • Taking a tour underneath intu Broadmarsh shopping centre through the manmade City of Caves.
  • Enjoying the landscaped grounds and Elizabethan rooms of Wollaton Hall.



Hotels in Nottingham

As Nottingham is a popular destination for city breaks, there is ample choice of hotels in its city centre. Families can be close to the sights, while young couples after a taste of the buzzy nightlife can opt to be nearer to the city’s trendy bars and swanky restaurants.

 

A quieter area slightly away from the city centre, Castle Boulevard is popular with families. Only a short walk from the castle, the street is conveniently located right around the corner from Castle Marina Retail Park . Many families choose to stay close to Alton Towers theme park, a 45-minute drive out of the city if you bed down at a hotel off the M1 motorway.

 

The northern end of the city centre is popular with couples and business travellers. The Theatre Royal Concert Hall offers music shows, dramas and comedies in its packed cultural calendar, while Alea Casino’s poker rooms and VIP lounge are fun places to end a night on the tiles. For those visiting on business, hotels in northern Nottingham offer great public transport links and are within close proximity of many offices and company HQs.



Eating Out in Nottingham

Food in Nottingham ranges from quintessential pub grub to the exotic flavours of far-off cuisines. Once the hub of the 19th-century European lace industry, many of the former Victorian factories of The Lace Market have been converted into high-end restaurants serving everything from authentic British dishes to refined tapas specialities.

 

Vintage tea shops and unique bistros line the narrow streets of Hockley. Nottingham’s boho area is popular with students, with a throng of independent eateries offering great value for money.

 

Old Market Square hosts many food fairs and seasonal farmers’ markets throughout the year. They’re a great way to sample local produce and grab a quick bite to eat in between hitting the shops.

 

If you’re out and about in Sherwood Forest, there are even more opportunities to try locally sourced food. The forest itself features a gourmet restaurant, while nearby villages have taverns serving locally brewed real ales.

The chef recommends...

  • Stilton cheese: Nottinghamshire is one of the few places in the UK that can claim Protected Geographical Indication of this famous blue-veined cheese.
  • Gooseberry pork pies: Originally from Mansfield, this twist on the classic Melton Mowbray pork pie is now popular across the whole of Nottinghamshire.
  • Nottingham batter pudding: Bramley cooking apples were first grown in Nottinghamshire and are now often seen baked whole and covered in batter to create this traditional dessert.



Shopping in Nottingham

Nottingham city centre is full of the usual high-street clothes shops and national chains. But one thing that helps raise the city’s status as a go-to shopping destination is its mix of both independent retailers and big-name designer labels.

 

Located in the refined Bridlesmith Gate area, Paul Smith’s flagship store is set back from the street in a handsome building, nestled among other chic names such as Cath Kidston and Ted Baker. There are also more high-end brands just off Old Market Square in The Exchange.

 

If you’re more into vintage clothing and quirky knick-knacks, Hockley’s laid-back vibe is reflected in its eclectic selection of used clothes shops and retro-themed retailers.

 

Canning Circus and the bustling Derby Road are also two hotspots for local vintage boutiques. The latter leads towards the bulk of Nottingham’s student housing, making it the perfect place to go bargain-hunting.

Nottingham’s best vintage shops

  • The Worm that Turned: This Derby Road shop has a selection of retro gardening tools and equipment that’s as quirky as its name.
  • Vintage to a Tea: The clothing rails in this used clothes shop feature fashions from the ‘30s to the ‘70s.
  • Wild Clothing: Nottingham’s longest-serving vintage clothes shop has been building its reputation since 1983.



Culture & Nightlife in Nottingham

Simple to navigate, Nottingham’s dense city centre makes it easy to hop between bars, theatres and restaurants on a night out. The city also has a thriving alternative music scene, largely driven by its student population. City-centre pubs welcome local singers, while the city’s theatres host themed music shows as part of their packed calendars of dramas and comedies.

 

Nottingham Castle Museum houses various exhibitions, including some on the city’s archaeology. It also has an impressive collection of art, ranging from 15th-century alabaster carvings to Nottingham lace costumes. At the bottom of Castle Rock, you’ll find the Museum of Nottingham Life and and the curious Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem tavern.

 

Nottingham Contemporary is at the cutting edge of the city’s art scene. In honour of its site at the entrance to The Lace Market, an impressive embossed lace design features on the building’s panels. Once inside, you’ll find an ever-changing line-up of exhibitions – the gallery has previously showcased the likes of David Hockney and Diane Arbus.

Nottingham’s best live music venues

  • Rock City is exactly what it says on the tin. Most of its nightly gigs are followed by alternative club nights.
  • A former Victorian music hall, Malt Cross is now a charity-run café-bar that hosts local musicians.
  • One for the indie kids, The Bodega Social Club’s tiny upstairs room is usually the first Nottingham venue for many up-and-coming bands.



Visiting Nottingham with a Family

Whether you’re an outdoorsy family or want to take the kids on an educational trip, there are lots of child-friendly options in and around Nottingham. With so many restaurants offering child-size portions – regardless of cuisine – fussy eaters won’t get much chance to complain.

 

Nottingham's stories of crime and punishment are entertainingly documented at the Galleries of Justice. Choose to wander round the exhibitions on your own or listen to one of the many character actors – including the Sheriff of Nottingham – who add colour to the city’s gruesome tales as they lead you around this former courthouse.

 

After you’ve admired the Robin Hood statue taking aim with his bow and arrow outside Nottingham Castle, you can head down the hill to the caves in the cliff below. Guided tours take you down into these medieval cellars, which have played an important part in Nottingham’s history.

Best family days out in Nottingham

  • The story of Robin Hood thrills kids of all ages – they’ll love exploring his stomping ground of Sherwood Forest.
  • From falconry and archery to quad biking and paintballing, the kids won’t be bored at The Adrenalin Jungle.
  • Wollaton Hall is the perfect place to pitch up with a picnic and go deer watching.

 

Latest Nottingham Hotel Reviews

Average Rating for Nottingham Hotel
(4.2 / 5) of 4301 reviews
Great Service
By Alan8G
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. It is in a perfect location just off the M1 near Nottingham. I found the hotel standards to have improved from a previous stay a few years ago. The staff [More] give great service and are most helpful. The hotel is very clean throughout with comfortable rooms [Less]
Great location, great staff and great Hotel!!
By Sheffield Owl
Had a great one night stay at the Holiday Inn Derby - Nottingham M1, Junc 25 after an awful 8 hour drive on a Friday. Arrived fairly stressed but left completely relaxed after a good nights sleep [More] where I was welcomed as an IHG Rewards Club Gold Elite Member which made me feel special from the start. Really good value for money and I will definitely stay there again when I am next in the area. Well done Holiday Inn!! [Less]
Great service
By FocusMan
The Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels are consistently good value for money and the service received is excellent. [Less]
Very friendly and child-friendly hotel and staff
By jjuniper
A lovely, bright, clean hotel with good service and food. Dave on reception and Craig in the restaurant were always friendly and helpful. A shame about the noisy Casino next door but it is a city [More] centre hotel. [Less]
Uncomfortable bed but great service
By WLE14
Booked an executive room and was pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of the room - nice layout and sofa and chair a great addition. Bathroom was small but very clean and no signs of age or wear [More] and tear. We had breakfast delivered to our room which was delivered exactly on time - the fruit juice wasn't the best and the cooked breakfast a little on the cold side but overall we enjoyed. There was a little noise outside but surprisingly quiet being a city centre hotel and a Saturday night. The only issue we had was the bed - we expected a bigger bed with an executive room but also it was quite uncomfortable - the centre dipped which you could see just looking at it. [Less]
Comfortable and clean, friendly staff
The hotel was clean and comfortable with (although small) good gym facility on site. Only real negatives were the car park arrangements are misleading and the food (whilst being good) was limited in [More] choice. However, most important thing was it was clean and comfortable and all staff I dealt with were friendly and polite. [Less]
Good stay
By steuk1
Had a very good stay. Very friendly members of staff. Had a very good nights sleep in a very big king sized bed [Less]
As good as usual.
By PeteS51
I have stayed in many Holiday Inns and HIExpress hotels. This was up to standard, considering the location close to the A38. Very quiet. Limited breakfast choice as per HIExpress, but excellent value [More] for money. [Less]
Fallback booking did me well
By Old Nick Coventry
As another local hotel had failed to honour a booking, I needed a room at very shot notice. This was ten mintues drive, and easily booked online from my phone. Apart from having no food on inthe [More] moddle of the evening, it had everything I needed. Food was quickly found next oor, and then I seled down to TV and a reasonably early night. My next-room neighbours rose early and noisilly, buit apart from that all was well. Breakfast was adequate. Overall, this was what I expected, and good value for money. [Less]

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