Things to Do
There are so many amazing things to do in Nottingham, so why not make a weekend of it and explore this great city!
Historic site at the heart of the Robin Hood legend and starting point for the English Civil War. Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city and once rivalled the great castles of Windsor and the Tower of London. Its history is chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue. Award-winning cave tours tell this history and take you down into the passageways and tunnels beneath the building.
Old Market Square
A focal point for residents and visitors, Old Market Square is where friends meet, shoppers have a rest, and many great days and nights begin. It is the largest public space in the UK after London’s Trafalgar Square and is a major hub for the city’s social scene and transport links. From Old Market Square, Nottingham’s shopping streets spread out in every direction. Spacious avenues provide quick direct routes across the city’s compact centre, allowing you to reach even the most distant shops in no time at all.
Wollaton Hall was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588 for his family. Now a prominent Grade One listed building, the stunning Hall houses the city’s Natural History Museum along with reconstructed room settings. Standing on a natural hill, three miles west of Nottingham City Centre, Wollaton Hall is set in five hundred acres of spectacular gardens and parkland. The hall was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, Dark Knight Rises.
National Ice Centre
Glide into the exciting world of ice skating at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham. If you’re new to skating, friendly staff will teach you all you need to get started in the Warm Up Zone before you hit the ice. A lively and fun activity to enjoy with family or friends, ice skating is guaranteed to get your body moving.
The National Ice Centre is home to the GB Speed Skating Team who compete in the Winter Olympics so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on your next visit!
National Justice Museum
Come and explore the National Justice Museum’s full range of exhibitions, meet characters from history and take part in their wide range of interactive activities. Characters, exhibitions and courtroom performances will change throughout the year so there is always something new to discover. Admission price entitles you to entry throughout the entire day so you can make the most of your visit.
City of Caves
City of Caves is part of a hidden maze of over 500 original sandstone caves underneath the streets of Nottingham dating back to the dark ages. Take a tour to investigate the social history of the caves and learn more about the events that once happened inside these fascinating underground dwellings. As part of your visit you will see the only medieval underground tannery in the country, head to the Anderson air raid shelter where thousands of people sought refuge during WWII and explore the remnants of Drury Hill Victorian slums.
A historic, beautifully maintained park that is home to an important collection of over 800 trees, some of which are from the original collection planted in the 19th century, award winning Nottingham Arboretum is Nottingham’s oldest public park and the closest park to the city centre, opened on 11 May 1852. The layout and design of Nottingham Arboretum was performed under the supervision of Samuel Curtis, a botanist and horticultural who had previously been involved with the layout of Victoria Park, London.
New Art Exchange
New Art Exchange is a contemporary visual arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region’s cultural richness and diversity. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals and a live performance programme of music, dance and theatre. Entry to NAE is FREE! In addition to three gallery spaces, the venue has a café-lounge serving delicious home-made food from around the world.