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Things to do in Nottingham

by Kristy

Nottingham is a city which is situated in the Midlands region of Central England. It is home to about 311,000 people which includes 60,000 students. It is considered to be the youngest city in the UK. It is famous for many things but is mostly known for its association with Robin Hood. We will try to cover all the main attractions/spots and things to do in Nottingham.

Top 5 reasons to love Nottingham:

  1. They love sports! Nottingham was awarded the title of ‘The Home of Sport’ back in 2015. The city has the world famous Trent Bridge which is a cricket ground, two football clubs, the National Ice Centre, and Sports Centre.
  2. Nottingham is known to be innovative and inventive. They invented ibuprofen in the 60s.
  3. Just on the outskirts of the city, is a beautiful countryside. Do visit Wollaton Hall which features a 500 acre parkland, Gardens and Deer Park. It gives a sight of freshness and calmness.
  4. Home to high end brands, it comes as no surprise that this city is listed in the top cities for shopping in the UK every time. A famous designer, Paul Smith was born here.
  5. It is home to so many museums, exhibitions, art galleries, and gigs. This city is always so full of love and life which makes it a must visit.

What are the top attractions to visit and things to do in Nottingham?

Let us have a look at the top 7 attractions that you can visit in Nottingham:

The Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour:

The Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour

The Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour | Oglooks

Robin Hood, the Prince of Thieves,, will guide you around the major tourist attractions and historical sites of Nottingham which includes the Lace Market, the old jail, Nottingham Castle and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

City of Caves: 

City of Caves

City of Caves | Oglooks

These caves are operated by the National Justice Museum. They are like a hidden maze. Nottingham has the largest cave network in the UK with more than 800 man made caves being hidden under the streets since 1250 AD.

The National Justice Museum: 

The National Justice Museum

The National Justice Museum | Oglooks

It used to be the home of the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham but now it is only considered to be the most haunted building of the city. There are ghost tours every Friday evening, for people who are into the supernatural and are fearless. If not, you can visit the museum which features more than 40,000 exhibits.

Exchange Arcade/The Exchange: 

Exchange Arcade/The Exchange

Exchange Arcade/The Exchange | Oglooks

Built in the 1920s, this arcade consists of around 20 stores, most of which are women fashion stores such as Radley and Karen Millen. It is located on the High Street in Nottingham. You will also find high end brands in the surrounding street stores. It is open from 9 am onwards everyday.

Old Market Square: 

Old Market Square

Old Market Square | Oglooks

800 years of history, this is one of the oldest city squares in

things to do in Nottingham

, England and also the largest covering approximately 130,000 sq ft. This area is used for events of large gatherings. It features two large stone lions, a fountain and tram stop.

Nottingham castle/Castle Quarter: 

This is one of the major attractions inthings to do in Nottingham for tourists. Even though it is associated with Robin Hood, it has so much more to explore. This Castle also has an art gallery and a museum. It brings back the city’s history from a thousand years ago. 



Hockley | Oglooks

It is known to be ‘Nottingham’s Creative Quarter’ and also the ‘Soho of Nottingham.’ This place is full of cute and craftsy cafes, shops, pubs, lounges, and restaurants. Places you must check out are: the Goose Gate, Nottingham Arts Theatre and Broadway Cinema.

What are the best outdoor activities in Nottingham?

You can explore the following options of outdoor activities or things to do in Nottingham:

Pony trekking: 

Pony trekking

Pony trekking | Oglooks

For all my animal lovers! You can go for pony trekking with your family at Creswell Crags, near Worksop in Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Treasure Hunt Trail: 

Follow the Trail which is packed with hints and hidden clues. You are supposed to solve the clues and reach the sights (or find the treasure!) It takes about 2-3 hours.

The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk: 

The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk

The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk | Oglooks

Consider yourself brave, courageous and fearless? Also fond of the supernatural? Then this ghost hunt is just for you!

The Adrenalin Jungle: 

The Adrenalin Jungle

The Adrenalin Jungle | Oglooks

This jungle is spread across 150 acres of woodlands. There are so many activities that you can do here, such as archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, go karting, etc.

Floralands Farm Park: 

This is a family friendly park which features a play park for kids as well as a farm park which is home to lots of animals.

Skydive Langar: 

Skydive Langar

Skydive Langar | Oglooks

If you are not afraid of heights and skydiving has been in your bucket list forever, then now is the time for you to go for it. This is a professional skydiving centre in Nottingham. Skydives are usually from 13,000 feet.

Back2Basics Camping: 

Yes, you can also go camping to detoxify and rejuvenate yourselves. This involves many tasks, activities, games and lots of fun!

Sherwood Forest:

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest | Oglooks

You can visit Robin Hood’s camp at the Sherwood Forest, which is a really popular spot for seeing sunsets, rowan trees, and the Major Oak which used to be the site for Robin Hood’s hideaway.

Other sports activities: 

Apart from these, you can also play Golf, paintball, laser tag, quad biking, visit amusement parks, theme parks and do so much more.


If you are looking for a comfortable stay nearby, OGLooks recommends Village Hotels since they are not only located at the perfect place, but also provide everything that you need under one roof. You can check it out at their official site with the link given below or download their application ‘Village Hotels’ to do so”.


What are two things Nottingham is famous for?
Nottingham is known for many things but the two things that top the chart include Industries of lace making, bicycle & tobacco and being linked to the Legend of Robin Hood, who stole from the rich to feed the poor.
What is there to do between London and Nottingham?
It takes almost 2 hours via train and three via car to travel from Nottingham to London. During your journey, there are so many things you can see and do such as the London tower, London Eye, The British museum and you can stop at cities such as Leicester, Wagamama, St Albans and Windsor.
How many days do I need in Nottingham to explore?
To visit all the famous sites and attractions, you need a minimum of two days. You can also extend your stay if you wish to explore the hidden gems of the city as well. 

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