Book a Nottingham hotel and explore this Saxon city that’s famous for lace-making, Robin Hood and the managerial reign of feisty Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.
At Nottingham Castle, where King Charles I began the English Civil War, visitors learn about Robin Hood. Then you can explore the underground passages on a City of Caves tour and meet Anglo-Saxon troglodytes.
Art and museums in Nottingham
On an interactive tour of the old courthouse and gaol at the Galleries of Justice Museum, you’ll meet creepy costumed characters and learn about the city’s famous murderers and highwaymen. For a gentler experience, the Lace Centre, set in a 14th-century timber-framed building, has craft demos.
Quirky things to do in Nottingham
You can watch experiments as well award-winning organic flour being ground at Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, the former home of 19th-century maths genius George Green. The Major Oak where Robin Hood hid whilst fleeing the Sheriff of Nottingham is a drive away at the Sherwood Forest Country Park.
Events in Nottingham
During October’s Robin Hood Pageant the grounds of Nottingham Castle become a 12th-century village of travelling minstrels and costumed characters challenging each other to archery competitions. The Goose Fair on Forest Recreation Ground has a 500-year history. In those days, a freaky five-footed sheep might have stolen the show. Nowadays it’s the white-knuckle roller coasters.
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Attractions in Nottingham:
Sat & Mon-Wed 11am-4.30pm; Sun 1pm-4.30pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)
11am-4.30pm Feb - Oct 2013 (annual)
Tue-Sat 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)
Daily 11am-5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm) Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)
Daily 10am-5pm/6pm, depending on season Feb 2013 (various dates)
What's on in Nottingham:
29/05/2013 to 29/05/2013
10/06/2013 to 12/06/2013
14/06/2013 to 25/08/2013
15/08/2013 to 15/08/2013
19/12/2013 to 19/12/2013
20/02/2014 to 20/02/2014
19/09/2013 to 19/09/2013
18/07/2013 to 18/07/2013
21/11/2013 to 21/11/2013
16/01/2014 to 16/01/2014
20/03/2014 to 20/03/2014
17/10/2013 to 17/10/2013
17/04/2014 to 17/04/2014
20/06/2013 to 20/06/2013
09/06/2013 to 09/06/2013
12/06/2013 to 25/08/2013