Nottingham travel guide

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You're Going to Love Nottingham

Nottingham has a rich history and plenty of local culture. One of its claims to fame is Sherwood Forest, home to the mythical Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Take a stroll along the Council House, embark on a tour of Castle Rock Brewery, or survey the city from the picturesque Trent Bridge.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Nottingham

1. Hidden Gems

Stop by vintage store We Are Cow, before heading to Malt Cross, a recently restored 19th-century music hall that connects to the Nottingham Cave Trail.

2. Historic Architecture

Make sure to visit the beautiful Wollaton Hall and Park, dating back to the 1500s and home to the city's Natural History Museum.

3. Great Local Eats

Check out Oaks, which serves up wood-fired giant sausages and a hearty helping of fries and 'slaw. Or, try the meter-long pizza at Das Kino, a German-themed bar with a cinema and table tennis.

4. Secret Walkways

Besides the city's medieval caves, stop by the famous Nottingham Castle for more underground adventure. Here sits Mortimer's Hole, a secret passageway below the castle.

5. A Bustling Creative Quarter

Don't miss the colorful Cobden Chambers or the new National Videogame Arcade, the world's first permanent space to celebrate gaming culture and mark its development.

Where to Eat in Nottingham

Check out the Alley Cafe for vegetarian and vegan meals between £4 and £10. You'll also enjoy a taste of Thai cooking at Chai Yo for around £25 for two people.

When to visit Nottingham

Nottingham in January
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Nottingham in January
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July is the hottest month and January is the coldest. The wettest month is June, so make sure to bring waterproof coats and hats. Overall, the moderate climate allows for travel year round.

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How to Get to Nottingham


Both domestic and international flights land at the East Midlands Airport (EMA), 10.5 miles from the city center. The 24-hour Nottingham Skylink bus service leaves for the city every 20 minutes. A single ticket costs £5.


Trains to Nottingham arrive at Nottingham Station. From here, it's a 5-minute walk to the city center.


If you're coming from the south, take the M1 and exit at 24. If you're coming from the north, take the M1 and exit at 25 or 26.


GorillaBus runs services into town from Liverpool, Manchester, Yorkshire, and Birmingham. Ticket prices start at £1.

Airports near Nottingham

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Where to stay in Nottingham

If you're looking for budget accommodation, check out the Igloo Backpackers Hostel. Rutland Square Hotel, in the heart of the city center, is a good mid-range option, as is Hart's Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Nottingham

Lenton - close to the university, check out this great neighborhood for a youthful and student-centric vibe.

Hockley - this area is home to a range of trendy stores and pubs like Revolution and the Orange Tree on Shakespeare Street

Willford Village - this is a charming neighborhood with a view of the River Trent and lots of restaurants like the Ferry Inn, with local English fare.

Where to stay in popular areas of Nottingham

Most booked hotels in Nottingham

Yha Sherwood Forest
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Jurys Inn Nottingham
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How to Get Around Nottingham

Public Transportation

A reliable bus network zips people around town. Fares for public transport run between £2 - £4.50.


Nottingham is serviced by local black and green cabs that can be hailed around the city at any time. The cost is a flat rate of £1.50 per mile and £1.8 per mile after that.


You can rent cars across the city with various services such as Hertz, Avis, and and Keddy. Small cars can be rented for £57.33 for three days.

The Cost of Living in Nottingham

Shopping Streets

Check out the popular Hockley, with its quirky stores, Victoria Centre, with the usual high street stores, and the Exchange Arcade for more one-of-a-kind finds.

Groceries and Other

The cost of groceries in Nottingham is standard for the UK. 1 quart of milk costs around £0.94 while a dozen eggs will run you £1.58.

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