Explore: Nottingham

Date Posted: 04/03/2014

Did you know that Nottingham was built over a labyrinth of caves? We delve into the place that gave birth to the legend of Robin Hood.

Best for groups

Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion, which starred as Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. Set within a 500-acre deer park, Wollaton Hall offers free coach parking.

Whilst visiting, be sure to stop by the Nottingham Industrial Museum which celebrates the rich heritage that made Nottingham internationally famous.

The Nottingham Playhouse offers top-class theatre, hosting different events and productions almost every week. The Playhouse offers a bespoke welcome to groups, with special rates offering savings of up to 20 per cent.

Private backstage tours are often available, and there’s also a restaurant for pre or post-show meals.

Set high upon the Castle Rock and commanding spectacular views over the city, Nottingham Castle is not to be missed.

The 17th century ducal mansion now stands as a municipal museum, the first of its kind outside London. Visitors can go on a tour of the labyrinth of man-made caves and tunnels which lie beneath the Castle.

What’s New?

Trent to Trenches is a major programme of events and activities taking place this year in the city of Nottingham and county-wide to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One in 1914.

Nottingham actually has a strong bicycle heritage that includes the world-famous Raleigh brand which was founded here in 1887. Groups of all abilities can get on their bike and participate in some of the city’s key cycling events, including The Big Track, Cycle Live Nottingham and The Milk Race.

Nottingham is the proud host city for the national festival, U.Dance in 2014. Taking place between 26th June and 13th July, visiting groups can enjoy the biggest ever programme of world-class dance events across the city.

Essential Sights

Robin Hood statue: On any visit to Nottingham, having a souvenir photo taken beside the county’s legend, Robin Hood, is a must. The statue of Robin Hood was unveiled by the Duchess of Portland in July 1952 and has since provided a location for numerous celebrity photo shoots and television links.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem: Enjoy a meal and a pint of tasty real ale whilst sat in a cave. This quaint, ancient pub is set into the Castle Rock beneath Nottingham Castle.

It’s reportedly the oldest inn in England and home to a few punters who never left. The pub attracts visitors from across the globe who are fascinated by its wealth of history.

Galleries of Justice Museum: A history of justice lurks in Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol, where performances, audio tours and exhibitions bring the city’s grisly history to life.

Put your group on trial in the Victorian law court and discover the cells and dungeons where criminals awaited their fate.

Where to stay

Located in the city centre, the Park Plaza boasts 178 stylish and spacious guest rooms, a fitness suite and the award-winning Chino Latino restaurant and cocktail bar.

Mercure is reportedly the oldest hotel in Nottingham, situated in the fashionable Lace Market and a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s best shops and restaurants.

Jury’s Inn is located close to Nottingham’s train station and within a two-minute walk of the city’s tramway system that runs throughout the heart of Nottingham.

Take a tour

Robin Hood Town Tour: Ezekial Bone’s character-led heritage tours capture the spirit of Nottinghamshire. Fully suited in Robin Hood gear and bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge, he will lead you on a city adventure where you can discover how simple ballads over 700-years-old grew into one of the greatest stories ever told.

City of Caves attraction: A well-kept secret is that Nottingham is a city built on caves, with over 400 man-made underground sandstone caves dating back to medieval times.

Descend far below street level and discover how the caves were used as tanneries, bomb shelters and homes from expert guides, or wander through at your own pace on an audio tour.

Green’s Windmill: This inner-city working windmill and hands-on science centre illustrates the life and work of notable 19th century scientist and mathematician, George Green.

Groups of ten or more people can arrange an exclusive tour over four floors to discover first-hand the process of how flour is made.

Pictured: Robin Hood statue outside Nottingham Castle.

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