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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.


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Nottingham Arboretum, and Wollaton Park are the pick of numerous green areas within the city, while those who prefer to relax with sport will find themselves well catered for with two stunning football clubs, Nottingham Forest and Notts County based here, and a first class county cricket team. The National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont has some of the best facilities in the world for sports like water-skiing, and the National Ice Centre not only hosts skating but also ice hockey. After all this exercise, pub lovers will make a beeline for Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, England’s oldest Inn dates from 1189 and houses its own museum.

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham NG1 6EL (01159) 153700
Housed in a 17th Century mansion that was built on the site of a medieval castle, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery exhibits a large collection of artefacts relevant to Nottinghamshire’s history.

Fine and contemporary art by regional artists, a ‘story of Nottingham’ gallery, and the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Collection, make up a fascinating display.

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.







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