The very name of Nottingham conjures up images of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest; and the city commemorates its famous outlaw in many ways, with tourists heading to explore the Forest and the Castle.
Nottingham’s sandstone ground has proven perfect for the development of a series of caves, once used as air raid shelters and now a major attraction not to be missed. Museums abound here, housing subjects ranging from industrial to costume to the arts, whilst music lovers will find many big names to enjoy at the Arena and Royal Concert Hall.
City of Caves, Drury Walk, Nottingham NG1 7LS (01159) 520555
Somewhat mysteriously hidden beneath a modern shopping centre is this unique attraction.
These Anglo Saxon caves were first mentioned around 900 AD and were likely used for accommodation during the 11th Century.
Now a 21st Century attraction, the City of Caves hides an underground tannery, a Victorian slum, and an air raid shelter used by Nottingham’s residents during 1941.
Galleries of Justice Museum, Shire Hall, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN (01159) 520555
A great attraction for children; the Galleries of Justice Museum delves into Nottingham’s horrible history and is home to a certain Sheriff of Nottingham.
Documenting 300 years of crime, the museum is sited in Shire Hall; a Grade II listed building containing two Victorian courtrooms, an 1800 prison, and cave cells.