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Nottingham

Home of Robin Hood, focal point of the kitchen sink drama movement and one of the most compact and convenient city centres in the country, Nottingham’s come a long way since Alan Sillitoe revealed the inner life of the working man in his 1958 novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. The book’s opening passage, which shows the “hero” falling-down drunk after a drinking contest in a Nottingham pub, could have been written at any point in the late 20th century to describe the raucous hypercolour of the city’s nightlife. But thanks to massive investment, two universities and a cultural and artistic resurgence, the stamping ground of the Merrie Men is well rounded and vibrant once more.

Trains to Nottingham

Great places to visit in Nottingham!

Up and coming districts house musicians, artists and young professionals, who spend the weekends wheeling designer pushchairs around Nottingham’s dozens of spectacular public spaces. Venerable manor houses sit at the heart of public parks. Nottingham’s alive and well.

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle sits right in the heart of the city, and includes exhibits detailing the history of the building and the area as well as a number of highly regarded art galleries. Visit the Long Gallery for a look at one of the most impressive fine art collections in the country. Or check out Threads, the Castle’s permanent collection of clothes and costume, for a display of finery unrivalled outside London. Nottingham’s own designer, Paul Smith, is well represented in this gallery. Several ghosts are said to haunt the Castle, and their chilling pleas for leniency are reportedly stull heard within the building’s walls. Enter if you dare…

Great for: History

The Galleries of Justice Museum

The imposing Galleries of Justice Museum sits in the Lace Market in the heart of the city, and is routinely voted Nottingham’s nest visitor attraction. Its theatrical themed tours are a highlight of a visit: pick from spooky ghost tours, a Sherriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood tour, or the ever-popular Crime and Punishment tour. The Galleries of Justice also host a number of themed nights, including full costume murder mystery nights where guests get to play their parts in a Victorian version of Cluedo! The Museum houses a massive collection of creepy treasures, all to do with the often bloody history of the English justice system. You have been warned!

Great for: Day Trips

City of Caves

Below the streets of Nottingham, you’ll find a surprise: a massive network of manmade caves and tunnels, which has been awarded Ancient Monument status. Some of the caves in the network date to the Dark Ages, and many were still in use in the 1940s. In the 19th century, poor families lived in them: now, you get to explore them in the company of a knowledgeable guide dressed up for the part. Performance tours take place on weekends, and on every day during school holidays. Admission to the City of Caves can be purchased as a standalone ticket, or as a joint price ticket with entry to the Galleries of Justice Museum.

Great for: History