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Trains to Nottingham

Nottingham is the home of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring legends - but there's much more to this historic university city than Robin Hood. Its famous castle dates back to the 11th century, and later centuries saw Nottingham establish a reputation for fine lace manufacture, giving the city centre a rich legacy of industrial architecture. Today, former warehouses are home to shops, bars and apartments, giving Nottingham an attractive, modern centre perfect for city breaks and shopping trips.

Popular train routes to Nottingham

London to Nottingham
Birmingham to Nottingham
Sheffield to Nottingham
Leicester to Nottingham
Manchester to Nottingham

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Visiting Nottingham

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.

Finding the cheapest train tickets to Nottingham

If you are looking to buy cheap train tickets to Nottingham, there many ways in which you can find great discounts on your train ticket. Whether you choose to travel Off-Peak, use a National Railcard or compare return tickets and two single tickets, it is possible to find cheap train tickets to Nottingham.

If you travel frequently or will be making more than one train journey to Nottingham, it could be a good idea to purchase a National Railcard, which can save you up to 1/3 off the price of your rail ticket*. Using a National Railcard is fantastic for frequent train passengers, with savings made on almost every train journey you take. What's more, you can use your railcard in conjunction with other discounts, such as Off-Peak or Advance train tickets, saving you even more money on your journey. 

Off-Peak tickets are another way of buying cheap train tickets to Nottingham, as they are easily accessible and typically cheaper. You can use our journey planner to find out when Off-Peak times are, and then decide on a time that suits you. You can even purchase Super Off-Peak tickets, which can be bought on the weekend. So if you are planning a trip away at the weekend to Nottingham, then Super Off-Peak tickets could be the perfect ticket for you.

Another way of buying cheap train tickets to Nottingham is by buying Advance train tickets. Advance train tickets normally go on sale 12 weeks before the day of departure, meaning if you know you are travelling to Nottingham well in advance, then this train ticket will off you a great discount on your train to Nottingham. Advance train ticket numbers are limited, so be sure to book them as early as possible. Don't forget to buy your Advance ticket alongside your National Railcard for an even cheaper train ticket to Nottingham! Finally, be sure to check the cost of a Return (two-way) ticket against two Singles, as there can be times when the latter is cheaper. 

Want more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.

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