Start with a trip into Nottingham’s long and colourful history. Nottingham Castle towers over the city from Castle Hill, and makes a natural focal point for visitors – as well as visiting the museum, you can enjoy panoramic views, pose by the famous Robin Hood statue and tour the medieval caves at the foot of the hill. After that, stop for a drink at Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, a historic pub that claims to be England’s oldest.
For another angle on Nottingham history, visit the Museum of Nottingham Life. Housed in five 17th century cottages, it tells the story of the city’s inhabitants through objects they have made or owned.
In the heart of the city centre, get a taste of modern Nottingham in the Lace Market quarter, with industrial architecture and upmarket shopping and dining. There’s also high street shopping in the intu Broadmarsh centre, but with an unusual extra – an entrance on the first floor leads down to the City of Caves attraction, a warren of caverns deep beneath the shops.
If you’re looking for culture, visit Nottingham Contemporary, a large modern art centre; and sports fans will want to visit the grounds of Nottingham Forest or Notts County – the latter is the world’s oldest professional football club.