Nottingham is a fantastic city steeped in history. Famous for its strong links to the legend of Robin Hood and the bicycle, tobacco and lace-making industries, Nottingham has a lot to boast about. Without this jewel in the crown of the East Midlands or the people from the city, we wouldn’t have HP Sauce, tarmac, MRI machines, traffic lights or Torvill and Dean – Bolero anyone?
One of the more famous attractions of the city, Nottingham Castle, closed during July 2018 and will be shut until 2020 as it undergoes a massive £29.8m Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment. Despite that, there are still so many activities to choose from in Nottingham and we’ve put together this list of our favourites!
If you’re a film fan then make sure you visit this super cool independent cinema in the Hockley area of Nottingham. In 2006, Broadway went through a major development when the cinema was enlarged from two to four screens, including a cinema designed by Sir Paul Smith who is also from the city. Relax before or after watching your film in the cafe/bar – perfect!
City of Caves
Tour the city’s underground network of caves, carved out of sandstone, on your visit to Nottingham. The caves have had various uses over the years such as a tannery, public house cellars and an air raid shelter! Learn all about the history of Nottingham’s underground world on a National Justice Museum tour.
Attenborough Nature Reserve
No matter what time of year you visit, a trip to the Attenborough Nature Reserve should be on the cards. A crisp winter nature walk can be just as lovely as summer wildlife spotting.
Wollaton Park and Hall
This Grade I listed building is set among 500 acres of beautiful parkland which herds of red and fallow deer call home. Not only is Wollaton Hall home to Nottingham Natural History Museum, but Warner Bros chose the hall as the set of Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Include this in your itinerary and the experience will have something for everyone.
While you’re wandering around this stunning 450-acre country park and nature reserve, make a pit stop to admire the millennium-old Major Oak. The legend tells us that Robin Hood took shelter under the oak’s branches. You surely can’t go on a trip to Nottingham without doing some kind of Robin Hood-themed activity.
At the end of a busy day of exploring there are so many quirky bars and eateries to choose from in Nottingham to refuel in. From sampling delicious cocktails in a hidden bar or converted church to tucking into a tasty meal in a pub before moving into the next room to play Scalextric – Nottingham couldn’t possibly disappoint when it comes to irregular choices!
Nottingham is absolutely packed with things to do and amazing places to visit – not least us! We have a branch located in Lenton available for all your self-storage needs.