Nottingham Area Guide
Nestled in the heart of the East Midlands, Nottingham is famous around the world as the
home of the legendary Prince of Thieves, Robin Hood and his band
of merry men, who as legend has it, made their home in the magnificent
royal Sherwood Forest.
We’re proud to claim this righteous rebel as one of our own, however, there
are so many more reasons why Nottingham is one of the most popular places to live and visit in
Once the home of princes and kings, Nottingham boasts a colourful history, which is as evident today
as ever. Many of the city’s famous landmark buildings have been retained and beautifully
restored, helping to attract almost a quarter of a million visitors to the city every year
Situated on the third longest river in Britain, the River Trent, Nottingham
has for centuries been a
highly influential trading link from the industrial north and
midlands to London, and is now the seventh largest economy in the UK.
Getting around in Nottingham
Nottingham's award-winning public transport system, including the largest publicly
owned bus network in England, an excellent railway and tram
system, and direct access to the M1, meaning getting in/out and around
Nottingham is a cinch, helping attract even more businesses and
prosperity to this Northern Power House and expanding the catchment
area for commuters.
Nottingham is also a world-renowned seat of learning and home to many top universities,
including the University of Nottingham whose illustrious alumni include Nobel
prize winners, Olympic gold medallists, cutting edge scientists, international politicians,
journalists, novelists and actors and notably, the critically acclaimed novelist DH
The universities attract students from all over the UK and overseas, and this makes
a large contribution to the local economy.
Things to do in Nottingham
As an international trade and educational hub, Nottingham is a vibrant and culturally
diverse city where you can enjoy a high-octane metropolitan lifestyle one minute,
then just take a quick step outside of the city perimeter and you can relax and
unwind in 450 hectares of ancient oak woodland in Sherwood
Forest Park, get close to nature at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, or enjoy a family day
out at Wollaton House and Deer Park.
For arts, culture and history lovers, the city is home to many museums and
attractions, including the City of Caves, Nottingham Castle Museum, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
Industrial Museum, Nottingham Natural History Museum, Green’s Windmill and Science Centre and
the Natural Justice Museum, plus a host of large music and entertainment venues such as the
Royal Concert Hall, Rock City, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and Nottingham
Love good food? You’re spoilt for choice as Nottingham is home to over 300 fantastic
restaurants! There really is something for every palette in Nottingham.
There’s also a bit of football going on too...
Nottingham boasts not one but two famous football clubs, Champions League
team Nottingham Forest FC at Trent Bridge, and National League team Notts
County at Meadow Lane.
Why we love Nottingham so much
The most important and special thing about Nottingham is its people. We may be a bit biased but we
think you’ll find them to be the most friendly and
welcoming people you’ll ever meet.
Fun fact: Did you know that Nottingham derived its name from a
ruling Saxon chieftain named Snot, and the area
became known as "Snotingham", meaning homestead of Snot's people.