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An insider’s guide to visiting Nottingham in England

An insider’s guide to visiting Nottingham in England

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO NOTTINGHAM

For this edition of “My Friend in……”  we have Alex telling us all about Nottingham – a city in the Midlands in England which she calls home.  Here then is her insider’s guide to Nottingham

 

My name is Alex and I am from Nottingham, England. When I first moved here from a coastal town in the north east of England 21 years ago, the first thing I noticed was how green this city was and the parks are still some of my most favourite places in this wonderful town. But it would be a crime to leave it at that as Nottingham is an absolute gem for history lovers and foodies alike. 

Why visit Nottingham?

You are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to great restaurants and bars and it seems a new one opens up every second Tuesday! The emphasis is on quality though and I discovered this lately on a recent trip to another English city – it was a nice reminder of how spoilt we are here in Nottingham with independent Restaurateurs passionate about their food and establishments. The same goes for bars too, so many exist with their own quirky style and USP that there is absolutely something for everyone, no matter your tastes.

an insider's guide TO Nottingham

You may know a little of Nottingham’s history already if you have heard of Robin Hood and his arch-enemy the sheriff, and his tales are woven into many of the city’s historical landmarks, like the Nottingham castle and The Galleries of Justice but the thing which mostly put Nottingham on the map, and has made it the city it is today, is it’s lace making heritage. When you walk the streets of the Lace Market and Hockley you are surrounded by the beautiful old buildings of merchants and their workers from a time when Nottingham was influencing the British economy in a massive way – take one of the street tours and you’ll be fascinated by just how much Nottingham had a part to play in British Economic History. And, fortunately this is an area which retains it’s antique style – whilst some idiot in the Council decided to knock down rows and rows of original Tudor buildings back in the 70’s and build monstrous concrete hotels and carparks, thankfully Hockley and the Lace Market remained relatively unscathed and Mr Fothergill’s architectural masterpieces still stand in all their glory. This part of town really is worth a wander.

Nottingham

If you find yourself in Nottingham for a long weekend and have exhausted the past-times of eating, shopping and sight-seeing then you really must set aside some time to explore Wollaton Hall and Park. There are plenty of buses from the city centre or you could even rent a city bike for a nice 20 minute ride across town. Built in the 15th century, Wollaton Hall stands imposingly on its own hill, set to 500 acres of beautiful parkland where Deer roam free all year round. The mansion itself was the location for Wayne Manor in the film ‘Batman – Dark Knight Rises’ but was once the family home of the Willoughby’s who loved to travel and bring back little souvenirs. As a result the Hall is a treasure trove of Natural History – zoological, botanical and geological gems aplenty, but really, it’s all just super beautiful to look at!

Nottingham

Nottingham has plenty of great accommodation to suit every budget and the first place I would suggest looking is with Airbnb in the leafy suburb of West Bridgford – it’s a half hour walk into the city centre (or 5 minute bus ride) but this little area is dotted with lovely restaurants and bars and is a pretty little neighbourhood. Failing that, if you’re after somewhere central, then check out Roomz for a great budget option – stylish apartments but for extremely reasonable prices. For a bit more luxury and guaranteed glamour (you may even bump into a few celebrities) then check our Harts Hotel – a relatively large family run establishment with a fantastic 5 star restaurant.

Nottingham

If you’ve not been before then it’s high time you paid yourself a visit to Nottingham, there really is loads to offer and I’ve only just scratched the surface here. For more information and recommendations of things to do and places to eat/drink I regularly update the Nottingham section on my travel blog over at MyLifeLongHoliday, feel free to stop by and don’t forget to leave me a comment – I love to hear what people have to say about my wonderful hometown of Nottingham!

An insider’s guide to Nottingham

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20 Comments

  1. February 20, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I have been following Alex’s blog, but this this Nottingham in a nutshell type of info is very welcome. That mansion looks so beautiful! Love cities with so much green.
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    • February 20, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      I know! It isn’t far from me so i need to visit!

  2. March 1, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I love the architecture of the city itself. We’ll be here in April and I cannot wait! And great to know about the restaurant scene, as we in America rarely hear exciting things about British food. It’ll be great to get a genuine, delicious experience.

    • March 1, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Fab! Please check out Alex’s blog as she specialises in Nottingham!Enjoy your visit!

  3. March 14, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Would love to visit Nottingham one day and see that beautiful mansion! I always wondered in the movie which mansion it was, but never bothered to look it up! Now I know! #CityTripping
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    • March 14, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Ah thats a pity! Glad you enjoyed the castle and the statue though 🙂

  4. March 15, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Of course I have heard about the city! You got me with that great description about the city’s culinary scene. Looks like there is tons to do between meals ;0) #citytripping

    • March 15, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Lots of places to eat!! Check out Alex’s blog all about things to do and see (and eat!) in Nottingham!

  5. March 15, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    My parents are moving to Nottingham soon! I’m there quite a lot, as my brother lives there and I have friends in the city. It’s such a lovely place! I love pottering around the streets, and there’s so much to do! #citytripping

    • March 16, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Definitely! 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. March 16, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Great to hear from Alex! She’s made me realise I must revisit Nkttingham and actually appreciate its surroundings rather than just its shopping and nightlife (I went there a lot as a student). Wollaton Hall looks incredible. Thanks for linking #citytripping
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  7. March 17, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I would love to visit Nottingham and see that gorgeous mansion! I have a friend who lives there (Nottingham, not the mansion), but he never did such a good job to convince me to visit 😉 #citytripping
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  8. March 18, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Wollaton hall looks like a lovely place to explore. Thanks for the insider’s recommendation! #CityTripping

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Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

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