The city of Nottingham, or the ‘Queen of the Midlands’, as it’s frequently called, has a rich history reaching back to pre-Roman times. It is perhaps best known for the medieval legend of Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw who, according to folklore, ‘stole from the rich to give to the poor.'
Nottingham went on to become a major centre for industrial coal mining. Although this is now also a thing of the past, it did help shape the city into what it is today. It now boasts a thriving service-based economy and is a renowned shopping destination.
Things to see and doYou’ll find a wide range of attractions and activities to choose from in Nottingham, including museums, galleries, historic sites, sporting venues and parks.
Check out Nottingham Castle, which includes a fascinating museum that will give you plenty of insight into the city’s great history, or learn more about the often dark history of crime and punishment at the Galleries of Justice Museum. Just outside the castle walls, you can get a photo with the statue of the legendary Robin Hood, before heading underground to explore the intriguing limestone City of Caves that exists beneath the modern streets.
If you want a city break combined with some retail therapy, head to shopping areas such as Victoria Centre, Broadmarsh, Bridlesmith Gate, and Huntington Street. Nottingham is actually ranked as one of the best destinations in England for shopping (only surpassed by London and Birmingham), so you'll be sure to find lots of shops and boutiques for every taste.