- United Kingdom
- Kelly Bradshaw
A popular tourist spot in England, Nottingham boasts an exciting variety of historical landmarks, activity centres, and parks with spectacular views. Below is a list of the 10 best things to do and see in the bustling yet scenic city of Nottingham.
Described as a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion, Nottingham Castle is situated atop cliffs 130 feet high, producing beautiful views of the city. Originally built in 1067 by Norman the Conqueror and then rebuilt by a series of other kings of the past, Nottingham Castle is embedded in history. Offering a medieval to modern British and European art collection, this ancient building has a lot of culture to offer for visitors who wish to take a step back from the bustling city life.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Watch out for: changes to the castle, such as the visitor centre
Lenton Road, Nottingham, +44 115 876 1400
Flying Horse Walk Shopping Centre
A shopping arcade located at the heart of the city centre, Flying Horse Walk Shopping Centre boasts a series of boutique shops offering an array of well-known designer brands such as Vivienne Westwood. With a collection of clothing, lingerie and jewellery shops to choose from, this shopping arcade has much to offer visitors who are hoping to find hidden gems. Also offering a bridal shop, an art gallery, and even a craft beer shop, Flying Horse Walk Shopping provides something to accommodate all visitors’ needs.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Watch out for: the clothing alterations shop which promises to tailor garments to fit a visitor’s unique body shape.
The Poultry, 2 Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, +44 115 948 4926
An outstanding building having been a renowned landmark in Nottingham for more than 150 years, Nottingham Cathedral was originally built during the 1800s, giving it a historical appeal. A house of prayer and worship, the cathedral is beautifully built with its intricate architectural design. Also hosting a range of choirs, concerts and events, this ancient building is the perfect place for visitors to treat as a sanctuary, and as a place of tranquillity.
Price: admission is free
Opening hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Watch out for: new members are invited to join the small group of parish singers who perform every Sunday morning
Cathedral House, North Circus Street, Nottingham, +44 115 953 9839
Rushcliffe Country Park
Providing the perfect escape from the lively city life, Rushcliffe Country Park offers incredible scenery and spectacular views. Offering over eight kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas for visitors, the park is ideal for joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and those who wish to spot a bit of wildlife. Overlooking the lake and providing a variety of attractive seating, such as the wooden bench carved into a swan, the park is an excellent place to sit back and enjoy the beautiful views. Also providing a play area for children, Rushcliffe Country Park provides the perfect family day out.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Watch out for: the dog activity trail which provides a series of obstacles to entertain dogs
Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, +44 115 921 5865
Described as a venue for world-class theatre in the heart of Nottingham, Nottingham Playhouse hosts a variety of dance, drama, comedy and music. One of the UK‘s leading theatres since its opening in 1948, this impressive establishment is incredibly popular with tourists. Known as one of the region’s most popular landmarks due to its modern décor and sky mirror, Nottingham Playhouse is the ultimate place to visit for a night of brilliant entertainment.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Watch out for: hoping to find new writers in the East Midlands, the theatre invites aspiring script writers to send in their works.
Wellington Circus, Nottingham, +44 115 941 9419
The ultimate activity centre offering visitors the chance to try something daring, The Adrenalin Jungle provides an exciting day out for everyone. Offering an impressive variety of activities such as archery, quad biking, an assault course, jungle olympics and even treasure hunts, The Adrenalin Jungle has much to offer for visitors who are hoping to find something a little different. Offering a selection of exhilarating challenges for both adults and children, The Adrenalin Jungle provides the perfect family activity day.
Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Watch out for: this activity centre also hosts a series of weekend packages for stag and hen parties.
Deerdale Lane, Bilsthorpe, North Nottingham, +44 1623 883 980
Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour
Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour is an immensely popular tourist attraction. Offering visitors an outstanding and detailed insight into the life of the legendary Robin Hood, the trail takes visitors on a journey of historical discovery. Offering tourists an impressive array of facts and taking them to places associated with the hooded figure, such as the ancient caves and the historical Lace Market, this town tour is an essential activity to participate in for any tourist visiting Nottingham.
Opening hours: 2 p.m.-4.30 p.m.; check website for dates
Watch out for: the tour invites visitors to venture into the depths of the forest as they first meet the legendary figure
The Cross Keys, Nottingham, +44 7941 210 986
City of Caves
A popular visitor attraction of a network of caves carved out of sandstone, this historical site is a must-visit place for any tourist hoping to delve into the rich history of Nottingham. The City of Caves gives visitors the opportunity to discover a hidden world beneath the bustling streets of the city, with actor-led tours and the chance to freely wander around the site with a wonderful audio guide. Promising to take tourists on an archaeological journey, the City of Caves is an essential place to visit for tourists hoping to learn a great deal more about the ancient city.
Opening hours: 10.30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Watch out for: The City of Caves also hosts children’s birthday parties and paranormal tours.
Drury Walk, Upper Level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, +44 115 988 1955
Having been awarded the Green Flag Award, this popular place is Nottingham’s oldest park. Nottingham Arboretum boasts beautiful views and is home to over 800 trees, some of which were originally planted in the 19th century. This historical park has a variety of heritage features, tree trails, orienteering, and much more, making it the perfect afternoon out for families or dog walkers. Also offering ice cream for children, Nottingham Arboretum creates a relaxing and welcoming environment.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.; closing times vary on the time of year but you can check here.
Watch out for: the health walks and wildlife areas
Waverley Street, Nottingham, +44 115 915 2733
Wollaton Hall and Park
An Elizabethan country house built during the 1500s, the ancient building of Wollaton Hall is situated on a prominent hill away from the bustling life of the city. Located by a beautiful park offering a variety of walking trails, a botanical garden and a large variety of flowers, the scenic Wollaton Hall and Park is perfect for visitors hoping to discover the beauty and spectacular views that Nottingham has to offer. Visitors are sure to be charmed by this wonderful landmark.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m. For hall opening times, click here.
Watch out for: deer roaming the grounds of Wollaton Hall.
Wollaton, Nottingham, +44 115 876 3100