Nottingham Visitor information
An Introduction to Nottingham
Nottingham, on the River Trent, is an old market town that has also played host to both the Victorian Lace Industry and the Tales of Robin Hood. The town dates back to the 1100's and has an ancient castle, the majority of the impressive architecture is in the Victorian and gothic revival styles as this era was when the town was of greatest importance.
Things to do in Nottingham
Nottingham is home to the re-enactment of 14th century crime and punishment trials at the Galleries of Justice. Pre-dating these trials is Nottingham Castle, a 12th century castle opened to the public and restored in the 17th century. The historic old market square holds annual markets and Wollanton Hall and Park is a Grade one listed Elizabethan house. Greens Mill is a small science centre in Nottingham.
Getting to Nottingham
Nottingham is easily accessible from Nottingham East Midlands Airport, which is 13 miles away. Birmingham International and London Luton Airports are two-hour train rides to Nottingham. National Express run coaches from all major UK airports to Nottingham (Broadmarsh Bus Station, in the city centre).
There are trains every hour from London St. Pancras to Nottingham. Nottingham train station is adjacent to the city centre and the journey is around 2 hours.
Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 25 to join the A52 to Nottingham.
By Coach and Bus
National Express runs coaches to Nottingham from destinations all over the UK. The main bus opoerator is NCT- Nottingham City Transport.
Nottingham began in the 6th century as a small Saxon settlement. In the late 9th century the Danes conquered North East and Eastern England. They turned Nottingham into a fortified settlement or burgh.
In 1067 William the Conqueror built a wooden castle to guard Nottingham. (It was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century). Nottingham grew rapidly after the Norman Conquest.
In Medieval Nottingham the main industry was wool making with tilers and potters and goldsmiths. In the Victorain era the alce industry became very important in Nottingham.
Robin Hood is supposed to have lived in Sherwood Forest near Nottingham. The story of Robin Hood is first recorded in the 14th century and it is likely it is based on a real person or possibly several real people.
Universities in Nottingham