The land of Robin Hood, in the heart of England
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There’s lots to explore, both old and new, when you visit Nottingham. Walk the legendary landscapes of Nottingham Forest and unravel stories of Robin Hood when you visit Nottingham Castle. For something more current, enjoy the creative city’s independent art scene or fantastic shopping options. Fun for all ages, Nottingham has something for everyone whether you’re visiting with family or friends!
Nottingham Train Station is in the very heart of the city, meaning you can start exploring as soon as you arrive.
From high street favourites to independent stores and luxury boutiques, Nottingham will fulfil all your shopping needs. The city’s distinct architecture and compact nature make a shopping spree easy and enjoyable.
If you’re looking for your favourite chain stores, head to one of the two main shopping centres, intu Victoria Centre or intu Broadmarsh. You’ll find all the well-known brands as well as large department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams. If designer labels are more your thing, you’ll want to check out the plush Bridlesmith Gate area where you can appreciate high-end fashion, beauty and homeware stores. If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds in the larger malls but still want your fashion fix, then The Flying Horse Walk and The Exchange Arcade are both small shopping centres that are worth a visit.
And it’s not just big names in Notts; the city is home to a mix of unique independent stores, selling everything from homemade jewellery and other quirky decorative items to vintage clothing, books and records. Hockley is located in the Creative Quarter and is Nottingham’s bohemian hotspot. Brimming with indie shops and creative businesses, you can spend hours browsing the boutiques here.
Whatever your tastes or budget, Nottingham’s selection of great restaurants, cafés and bars will suit your dining needs. Whether you want to treat yourself to some fine dining in a Michelin starred restaurant or sit down to some traditional pub grub, the city is full of appetising options.
Nottingham has a vibrant and diverse food and drink scene, which means that diners will be spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer French, Italian, Thai, American, Greek or Spanish, you can eat your way around the world in Nottingham. Home to some of the UK’s best Indian restaurants, the city even has its own Curry Quarter on Maid Marion Way, including fiery restaurants like MemSaah and The Cumin.
If you’re out exploring Sherwood Forest, call at Launay’s, which prides itself on serving seasonal dishes made using local ingredients. Or visit the nearby Bistro Edwinstowe Pub, which always has something special on offer. Whether you’re seeking shelter from the cold or want to make the most of the outdoor seating area in the summer months, the food and drink selection will not disappoint.
If you’re visiting in October, you might catch the city’s legendary Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, including thousands of different brews, live entertainment and food stalls.
Home to a variety of art galleries, theatres, cinemas and live music venues, Nottingham is a great city for a cultural break. The Theatre Royal, The Nottingham Playhouse and The Royal Concert Hall make up the Royal Centre that offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a live theatrical performance. Smaller theatres such as the New Theatre are also found in the city. If you’d prefer a film you can head to Broadway Cinema, which has been rated one of the best cinemas in the world.
Art lovers will find leading galleries such as Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest contemporary arts centres in the UK, with a ‘constantly inventive’ selection of exhibitions and talks on throughout the year. If you travel into rural Nottinghamshire, you will be rewarded with smaller art galleries such as the Harley Gallery and Patchings Art Centre. The Nottingham Castle Museum is a must for families, providing fascinating history and spectacular views over the city. With a café, medieval playground and six acres of Victorian inspired grounds and gardens, it’s a great place to entertain the kids for an afternoon.
For something a little different, discover the city’s underground caves. A hidden world beneath the streets of Nottingham, they are the largest network of man-made caves in Britain and date back to medieval times. This underground world has been used for everything from homes and bomb shelters in WW2 to ale storages for the city’s pubs, in more recent years!
The whole of Nottingham Train Station is fully accessible to people with a range of mobility needs. Assistance is also available if required to help passengers to get to and from the platforms and wheelchair ramps can also be provided.
There are many options for onward travel from Nottingham Train Station. You can walk into the city centre, take a bus from outside the station or hop onto a tram. If you require a taxi, please note there isn’t a taxi rank at Nottingham Station and you will need to pre-book it with a local company.
For further information about Nottingham Central Station, check out our station guide.
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If you want to explore Nottingham and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Nottingham before you arrive.