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Nottingham: the rebel town?

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This city is so much more than Robin Hood and student life. It is a UNESCO City of Literature and home to Five Leaves, an independent publishing company and a bookshop and so much more!

Heritage & Culture

There are over 500 sandstone caves underneath the city, and one of them is still used as a pub! Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is partially carved into the caves, and regrettably now part of the Greene King chain. On the Cave Tour you can explore the caves and their rich history from medieval tanneries, Victorian homes and WW2 bomb shelters. Alternatively one can also visit the Castle and the caves below it, getting a view above and underneath the city in one day! Although you will have to wait until 2020 for the Castle to re-open.

On the art side there is Nottingham Contemporary, a Museum of the Year Finalist in 2019, maybe not so anti-establishment after all? International art for free, plus courses, workshops, film screening and lectures on topics such as ecology, feminism or prisons, and every year it holds the Craft Fair Contemporary. Something for everybody! While you are exploring the city’s heritage and its centre make sure to pain attention to the Lace Market, one of the oldest parts of the city. The Church of St Mary’s dates back to 1400s and has retained some original features. In the height of Nottingham’s lace fame, this area housed 130 factories.

Plenty of other entertainment is available in this Robin Hood affiliated city if history and art are not your cup of tea. Ghost Tours, The National Justice Museum, plenty of cinemas and cinema clubs, a Natural History Museum in a stately house not enough? The Cornerhouse has everything else imaginable including crazy golf.

Nature & Outside the City

Wollaton Hall, which houses the Natural History Museum is free and only three miles away from the city. It set in a deer park, which means museums and nature combined! The Hall was used as Wayne Manor in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Sherwood forest is some 20 miles away from the city and now only about 450 acres, so for nature Wollaton Hall is a better bet. Newstead Abbey, the home of Lord Byron is not to far away either, and the area around Nottingham does not lack parks and a hiking possibility is never too far away.


The city is host to music festivals, and a lively music scene outside of them and its two biggest music venues Stealth and Rock City. Dot to Dot a metropolitan indie festival started in Nottingham and has now extended to Manchester and Bristol. The Riverside festival is free and features not just live music, but also a funfair and range of activities in the heart of Nottingham. Finally, Splendour is the biggest summer music festival held in the grounds of Wollaton Hall every year. Expect a gigantic party. The Chameleon is in fact a tiny art room hosting experimental music rather than an all out music venue, but it is a good alternative for those who like to avoid the club scene, which is very much alive in the city. The Jam Café has by now become legendary, serving independent stouts and craft beers, great food during the day and a range of music from acoustic performances to DJ Nights. It is bound to become your favourite.


The two Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains is renowned, famous and guaranteed to satisfy every foodie you know. But what of us 'normals'? Hockley started out as a hub for new food in the city, and that is where you should still go! The food, hipster beer and music combination seems to be the city’s staple. The Alleycafe is a good idea for vegans and vegeterians, but those preferring pub-grub and noisy bands ‘The Piss Up in the Brewery’ night at the Junkyard is sure to become a regular stop. For the love of all that is holy go to the Pudding Pantry, it’s open late on Fridays and Saturdays, a sign of an establishment that understands the needs of its audience. Who doesn’t love late night cake?