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A Weekend in Nottingham

When we book city centre weekends away, we’re often drawn by the allure of the capital, although the UK has so many other incredible cities it’s worth looking beyond the usual.

Nottingham is a great example of a brilliant, bustling city that’s most certainly worth a visit. Home of folklore hero Robin Hood, it has plenty on offer for a fun weekend away.

Book your stay

Before you plan your itinerary, you’ll want to make sure you have somewhere to stay that’s affordable, stylish, and well-located. There’s nowhere better if you’re looking for hotels near Nottingham train station than ibis Nottingham Centre. Hop off the train and it’s just a ten-minute walk to the hotel or jump on a tram and be there in just three minutes!

Take a Robin Hood tour

It wouldn’t be a trip to Nottingham without indulging in the legend of Robin Hood, , so join the Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour for a unique take on what the city has to offer.

Go Underground

Nottingham has another claim to fame – it’s the City of Caves! A maze of over 500 manmade caves lies beneath the streets, dating right back to the dark ages, and you can delve into their depths on one of the many tours available.
Nottingham is home to an abundance of historical sites to visit
Nottingham is home to an abundance of historical sites to visit

Brush up on your history

There’s plenty more history to be found in Nottingham. Swing by the Lace Market, once the heart of Britain’s lace industry, and stroll through Old Market Square where you’ll see the beautiful Neoclassic Council House and the Guildhall. A trip to Nottingham Castle is a must, and don’t miss out on the chance to have a cup of tea at the charming Bromley House Library. Founded in 1816, it’s home to nearly 50,000 books and has stunning walled gardens to walk around too.

Connect with Nature

Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? There are plenty of green places to escape to, from the Attenborough Nature Reserve to Rushcliffe Country Park, Wollaton Park, and Highfields Lake.

Nottingham is home to many iconic buildings
Nottingham is home to many iconic buildings

Be a culture vulture

Nottingham is overflowing with culture, from the local music venues to the impressive art galleries. Nottingham Contemporary curates striking exhibitions, shows thought-provoking films, and hosts plenty of interesting events and workshops. The building itself is even worth a visit!

Want to catch a film? Head to Broadway Cinema, which features an auditorium designed by none other than Paul Smith, fashion designer and famous Nottingham export.

Grab a drink at a secret bar

Nottingham is home to several secret bars, which are just waiting to be discovered. Take a trip to trendy Hockley and you’ll find the entrance to Lost Property on Carlton Street. Hidden within the city’s caves, this speakeasy-style bar is tucked behind a tiny façade.

Another Hockley hotspot is Boilermaker. From the outside it looks like nothing more than a boring boiler shop, but pass through the store cupboard door and you’re in a fabulous cocktail bar. From the Hockley Arts Club to Barrel Drop and The Secret Garden, there are plenty of exciting places to be discovered in Nottingham.  

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