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Bursting with culture and a vibrant historical past there are lots of things to do in Nottingham, whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re a long-time local. Looking for a helping hand? At Groupon we’re here to get things in Nottingham off to a good start, so you can get to following in the legendary footsteps of Robin Hood in no time.

#1 wollaton hall

Large Elizabethan Country House

This grand Elizabethan country house sits in beautiful Wollaton Park and hosts the fabulous Natural History Museum, packed full of interesting exhibits. Keep an eye out for regular events featured at the hall, such as the Jurassic Kingdom exhibition which sees giant model dinosaurs brought to life!

wolaton hall

 

#2 city of caves

Manmade Network of Caves

The City of Caves is a network of over 500 manmade caves lying under the very heart of Nottingham, which were carved out to use as everything from cellars to houses. Dive into these caves with a walking tour covering their history from the Dark Ages all the way through to WWII.

city of caves

 

#3 wollaton park

Large Public Deer Park

This pristine park is home to herds of both fallow and red deer, alongside the fabulous Wollaton Hall. Perfect for a gentle stroll, Wollaton Park offers a diverse range of picturesque locations and wildlife to spot. The park also plays host to some of Nottingham’s largest events.

wollaton park

 

#4 national justice museum

Crime & Punishment Museum

This Victorian courthouse turned museum is a singular highlight of any visit to central Nottingham. Used as a gaol, courtrooms and police station, the National Justice Museum is a uniquely storied building offering a deep insight into the historic justice system of England. You can even book your own overnight paranormal investigation!

National Justice Museum

 

#5 old market square

Central City Square

Slap bang in the middle of town, Old Market Square is where you’ll find everything from local events to transport links across the city. A short stroll from most of the city’s biggest central attractions, shops and restaurants, Old Market Square is the focal point, and the best place to start with any visit to Nottingham.

Old Market Square

 

#6 SEE THE ROBIN HOOD STATUE

Local Folklore Statue

No visit to Nottingham would be complete without paying homage to the area’s favourite folk hero; Robin Hood. Everywhere you look in Nottingham you’re likely to see something about the famous arrow-slinger, but the bronze Robin Hood statue outside Nottingham Castle is particularly impressive and a favourite location for taking selfies.

Robin Hood Statue

 

#7 the arboretum

Tranquil City Park

Found right in the centre of Nottingham, The Arboretum is a refreshing break from the hubbub of the city. Its gorgeous Tree Trail and Heritage Trail are perfect for a gentle stroll through the greenery, while the old aviary offers a great opportunity to see if you can spy cute squirrels scampering around.

The Arboretum

 

#8 Newstead Abbey

Home of Lord Byron

As both an ancient abbey and the ancestral home of Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey is steeped in historical significance. This partly ruined abbey now hosts a museum containing a variety of Lord Byron memorabilia. The whole place is perfect for a long relaxing walk.

Newstead Abbey

 

#9 trent bridge

Famous Cricket Ground

A short hop away from Nottingham in West Bridgford, Trent Bridge is considered one of the world’s best places to watch cricket and is the perfect spot to catch international and home matches. Trent Bridge also offers fantastic tours of the grounds to learn about the history of the game.

Trent Bridge

 

#10 visit the nottingham castle

Historic Royal Castle

This beautiful castle has played an important role in the history of Nottingham and England at large, from the Middle Ages to the English Civil War. Nottingham Castle is currently closed for refurbishment until 2020, but there are lots of other exciting attractions to see nearby, including escape rooms and a Robin Hood experience.

Nottingham Castle

 

#11 Meet King Richard III

Local Shakespearean Performance

Featured at the Nottingham Playhouse theatre, you can catch a riveting performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy about King Richard III. This is the first major theatre performance of Richard III following the discovery of the titular king’s bones in Leicestershire, and a great excuse to see the inside of the beautiful Nottingham Playhouse building.

King Richard III

 

#12 attend an archery class

Become Robin Hood

There are plenty of opportunities in Nottinghamshire to learn how to shoot a bow like Robin Hood, either with a visit to famous Sherwood Forest or to one of Nottingham’s many local archery clubs. Available for both children and adults, archery classes offer the perfect chance to get hands on and try something different.

Archery Class

 

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Things to do in Nottingham for free

Nottingham has lots of ways to keep you entertained, without having to spend a penny, like wandering through the leafy garden at The Arboretum or exploring the farmyard of the Stonebridge City Farm.

One of the best free things to do in Nottingham is to pay a visit Wollaton Hall and Park. Just a short trip from the city centre, this country house and estate has more than enough to keep you occupied for an afternoon, with lots of wildlife to look out for and a fascinating Natural History Museum.

Where to go in Nottingham with kids?

Keeping kids happy is a breeze in Nottingham, with lots of activities that make for a great family day out. For younger children, a trip to Green’s Mill and Science Centre is a must, with fun child-friendly interactive exhibits about magnets, flour making, weather and more.

Older children or larger families might want to try leaving the city for the day and heading to nearby Holme Pierrepoint Country Park. This green hamlet is the home of the National Water Sports Centre, where you can get up to everything from mini golf to white water rafting.

What can I do in Nottingham this weekend?

Nottingham city centre really explodes with life at the weekend, with lots of shopping, places to eat and sites to see, but if you’d like to find alternative things to do in the city this weekend, there’s plenty more on offer.

Highfields Park is one of the city's best places to relax when the sun is out at the weekend. A stone's throw from the beautiful Nottingham University campus, the park is full of picturesque spots to see, like the Chinese lion statues and sandstone cliffs. Try having a go at hopping across the stepping stones, or even hire your own boat to row across the lake in the summer. The park’s popular adventure golf course is also a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family.

If the weather is chasing you inside, you could also visit the National Ice Centre in Nottingham and give ice-skating around its impressive Olympic-sized rink a go.

Things to do in Nottingham’s Lace Market

The Lace Market is one of the trendiest areas of Nottingham, with lots to see and do. This isn’t only where you’ll find some of Nottingham’s oldest attractions like the National Justice Museum and City of Caves, but also where you can enjoy some of the best contemporary sites the city has to offer.

Buzzing with boutique shops and charming streets, the Lace Market is the ideal area to spend some time strolling around and window shopping – keep an eye out for the hidden gems down the side streets, like the Debbie Bryan café which sells some of the best tea and cakes in Nottingham.

The Lace Market is also perfect for when you’re after things to do in Nottingham at night, with lots of trendy bars, restaurants and eateries to find. For example, The Pelican Club on St. Mary’s Place offers a delicious selection of Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere, complete with exposed wooden ceiling beams. If you’re after a more local flavour, The Cock and Hoop below Lace Market Hotel offers fantastic gastro-pub style food prepared with some of the finest local produce.

Looking for something a little more intimate? The Lace Market is also home to small cosy cinemas like Broadway Cinema and Screen 22, which are ideal for a snug, romantic date.

Essential travel tips & hacks for Nottingham

If this is your first time in Nottingham, then you might find these essential travel tips particularly useful:

  • Don’t worry about using public transport in the city centre. It is almost entirely pedestrianised, so the quickest way from A to B is often on foot
  • Check local park rules before settling down for a picnic to avoid being charged a penalty fee
  • Stuck for something to eat? Head to Forman Street beside The Cornerhouse shopping centre for a wide selection of easy places to grab a meal
  • Make sure to buy your tram ticket before getting on a tram, as travelling without a ticket could cost you a £50 fine

What’s the weather like in Nottingham

For the most part the weather in Nottingham is typically British, so expect to see a lot of variety in the weather conditions throughout the day. To avoid being surprised by a sudden downpour of rain, be sure to check the local weather forecasts before heading out for the day.

Season 

Min. temperature 

Max. temperature 

Winter 

+1.3°C 

+6.6°C 

Spring 

+4.3°C 

+12.5°C 

Summer 

+12.1°C 

+21.3°C 

Autumn 

+7.1°C 

+13.7°C 

How do I get around Nottingham?

Nottingham has very good bus connections throughout, with two major bus stations providing links across the city and beyond. Nottingham Coach Station is where you should go for buses headed outside of the city, while Victoria Bus Station is the main hub for travelling around the city itself.

Trains can be caught from Nottingham Train Station in the city centre, with easy bus and tram links throughout the city. Nottingham’s tram system is particularly extensive, with trams running every 3-5 minutes at peak times across much of the city.

Thanks to savings from Groupon that’ll help you outshine even Robin Hood, you can now look forward to enjoying the adventure of a lifetime in Nottingham.