If you’re visiting Nottingham for work and have some time to kill, then there are plenty of sights to see and activities to suit everyone’s taste. Nottingham is a city steeped in history, so if you get the chance then it is definitely worth taking in some of the sights and learning about the city’s great history.
Here are a few points of interest to make sure you are brushed up on your Nottingham history:
Robin Hood – The man that most people think of when they hear of Nottingham. There is plenty to learn about the man and the legend and lots of activities to take part in. Visit Sherwood Forest itself to see where the tales were born, visit the Robin Hood statue outside Nottingham Castle for a photo opportunity, and even experience a tour of Nottingham with Robin Hood and Little John to learn and see everything you need.
Nottingham Castle – After being destroyed in the 17th Century during the Civil War, and then rebuilt as a mansion decades later, Nottingham Castle now exists as a museum and art gallery. Learn the history of Nottingham, the Civil War, Sherwood Forest, and much more at this spectacular site.
The Galleries of Justice – Learn all about England’s history of crime and punishment at this entertaining and educational museum. Go on a guided tour of the museum and view the exhibitions, whilst learning of the history from actors who really bring the experience to life. The Galleries of Justice is just a three minute walk from 16 Pilcher Gate so an ideal tourist attraction for you. You can even go on a Ghost Tour if you’re brave enough!
City of Caves – Explore original sandstone City of Caves underneath the streets of Nottingham, either on guided tours or just walking round at your leisure and taking in the history. It is fascinating to see how people lived in years gone by with this first-hand, interactive experience. To save money on the cost of the ticket you can buy your Galleries of Justice ticket together with City of Caves and explore both attractions.
Nottingham Contemporary – We are very fortunate to have the Nottingham Contemporary just three minutes walk from 16 Pilcher Gate. This is one of Britain’s largest and leading centres for contemporary art. It has a range of exhibitions, talks and films and is ideal for art lovers as well as families. Admission is free and there is a modern Café Bar which is available for all to use.
Wollaton Hall – For a combination of traditional and modern history in the heart of Nottingham, visit Wollaton Hall. Sir Francis Willoughby built this wonderful Elizabethan Mansion in the 16th Century, and it is now a listed building in the centre of beautiful grounds, Wollaton deer park, with a Museum of Natural History within the building itself. More recently notable as being the setting for Batman’s home, Wayne Manor, in The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
For more ideas on what to do in Nottingham to take in its history and heritage, visit Experience Nottinghamshire