Nottingham is a historic city surrounded by leafy suburbs and forests. Besides its associations with Robin Hood, the city is also known for its large university, parkland and history of lace production. Trace the city’s evolution through its medieval castle, Victorian warehouses and stylish contemporary art galleries.

Among the most thrilling places to begin your explorations is the Galleries of Justice Museum. Join a guided tour around the former courts, police station and prison with a costumed actor. Hear horrifying tales of the punishments executed in these dungeons.

The museum stands in the Lace Market area in central Nottingham, a hub for lace-making in the 19th century. Admire the tall, red-brick Victorian buildings that served as warehouses during the lace boom. This neighborhood also houses Nottingham Contemporary, an elegant modern art museum that hosts temporary exhibits, many of which offer social commentary on today’s world.

Nearby is St. Mary’s Church, which features impressive stained-glass windows and bronze door engravings. Walk west for 10 minutes to reach Nottingham Castle, which sits atop a hill known as Castle Rock. Inside the 17th-century building is a museum filled with historic relics and an art gallery.

Take a tour with City of Caves and explore the underground passageways of Nottingham. Enjoy a drink at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, a historic pub that is among the oldest in the country. Just west of the city center is Wollaton Hall, a stately mansion that was used to portray Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

Fly to East Midlands Airport and rent a car for the 25-minute drive north to Nottingham. Nottingham-bound trains depart from St. Pancras International in London; the journey takes less than 2 hours. Use the city’s acclaimed tram system and buses to get around town.

Medieval legends combine with modern restaurants, shops and art galleries in this dynamic city.

Known for

Bar, Castle and Friendly People

Top hotels in Nottingham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Britannia Nottingham Hotel
3 out of 5
St James Street, Nottingham
C$53/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
2.8/5 (1,367 reviews)

"Nice hotel clean and comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast the next morning was really nice!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Britannia Nottingham Hotel
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Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel
4 out of 5
Waterfront Plaza, Nottingham
C$70/night
Aug 5 - Aug 6
4.2/5Very Good! (1,440 reviews)

"Large dual-aspect room, with huge bathroom and a very comfy bed! Very quiet (I was worried I wasn't going to get any sleep due to the amount of stag and hen parties staying). Breakfast was plentiful and the staff super friendly. Close to the train station, handy for the town centre and very near ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2019

Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel
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Roomzzz Nottingham City
4 out of 5
Stanley Place, Nottingham
C$59/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.6/5Exceptional! (307 reviews)

"Great service and amenities, good value. I’d stay again."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2019

Roomzzz Nottingham City

Popular things to do in Nottingham

University of Nottingham
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University of Nottingham

Overlooking a lake, the spire of the Trent Building is one of Nottingham’s most distinctive sites, representing over 135 years of higher education in the city.

Theatre Royal
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Theatre Royal

Watch an entertaining show and learn about the city’s dramatic arts scene at this prominent theater. Meet friends for a pre-show chat in the bar or restaurant.

Nottingham Castle
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Nottingham Castle

Hear tales of sieges, civil war, high treason and Robin Hood in this historic castle that conceals a labyrinth of underground tunnels.

National Water Sports Centre
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National Water Sports Centre

Kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, ropes courses and mini-golf combine in one complex outside Nottingham, which also offers inexpensive accommodations.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Enjoy a beer or two at one of the oldest pubs in England and listen to tales of the chilling ghosts that haunt the caves beneath it.

Nottingham Contemporary
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Nottingham Contemporary

Explore the innovative and curious installations, paintings and photographs at this modern art center set on one of Nottingham’s oldest sites.

Top activities in Nottingham

Alton Towers Resort Tickets
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Alton Towers Resort Tickets

C$52

Unleash the ‘Power of the Towers’ this year as you share joy, laughter and thrills with family and friends at Britain’s Greatest Escape! From rushing through the burning Wicker Man to simply witnessing a small child’s delight as they disco dance with Ubercorn in CBeebies Land, there really is something for everyone to enjoy at Alton Towers Resort! This year, share even more fun and thrills as the Resort launches some amazing new attractions.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Nottingham, UK
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Nottingham, UK

C$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.