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Nottingham is world famous for its association with the legendary Robin Hood and the nearby Sherwood Forest, but there's plenty more to see and do.

Why go?

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Wherever you stay in the city, it's easy to reach all the main attractions. The centre is compact and pedestrianised and is centred round the landmark Old Market Square. The reliable tram system is also great for getting around. Or you might prefer to stay just outside the centre, closer to the historic attractions of Nottingham Castle, Lord Byron's Newstead Abbey or the beautiful Woollaton Hall, which has its own deer park. For something a little different, why not explore the quality arts and crafts of the Harley Gallery or the authentic living history experience of The Workhouse?

Depending on what time of year you visit, you could catch a cricket match at Trent Bridge, watch Nottingham Forest play football, enjoy the renowned Festival of Words, take in a performance at the Theatre Royal or even watch the ice hockey at Torvill and Dean's National Ice Centre. Bear in mind that around the time of any special events Nottingham hotels can get booked up quickly so make sure to plan ahead.

Just strolling round the city you'll see many examples of grand historic architecture funded by the city's lace-making and coal industries of the past. Some of these house fascinating museums and exhibitions, such as the insights into the history of crime at the Galleries of Justice or the interactive experiences at Green's Windmill and Science Centre.

Where to stay?

Packed full of opportunities for shopping, culture and nights out, Nottingham makes a great city break destination...

There's a wide range of hotels in Nottingham to choose from, from cosy B&Bs to contemporary boutique hotels and even apartments for short-term rental. You'll also find all of the major brands, from Premier Travel Inn and Travelodge through to Britannia, Jurys, Holiday Inn, Mercure, Best Western, Ramada and Hilton.

Most of the city's hotels are located centrally, though you'll find a number of big-brand budget hotels alongside major routes in and out of Nottingham. The sports grounds and entertainment venues sitting along the south bank of the River Trent are well served by a handful of good hotels, too. It's a 10-15 minute drive or bus journey into the city centre from this location so well worth considering for a short break, especially if you plan to see a cricket or football match during your trip.

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What to see?

From your hotel in Nottingham you're just minutes away from the city's main attractions. What will tempt you?

Top five attractions

Nottingham Castle
Take a stroll up to Castle Rock to see this mighty building, which houses an art gallery and a museum.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Tales of the past and quirky legends abound in this ancient pub (ask about the pregnancy chair), which many claim is the oldest drinking establishment in England. Sup a drink in one of the pub's caves.

National Ice Centre
Ice skating, whatever the weather, is on offer at the nation's first Olympic-sized rink. Plenty of family activities are available, while the venue is also home to concerts as one of the rinks can convert to an arena.

Galleries of Justice Museum
Housed in the famous Lace Market, this excellent museum takes visitors on a journey through the city's history of justice, crime and punishment. Once the office of the Sherriff of Nottingham, you'll hear plenty about Robin Hood, too.

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground
Just south of the river is this important cricket ground, said to be the third-oldest in the world. Time your trip just right to see a test match or county game involving home side Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

What's on?

Robin Hood of course features on Nottingham's list of annual events, alongside many other festivals of culture and all-out family fun!

Events

Robin Hood Festival; August:
You'll have to travel an hour north to Sherwood Forest for this annual event, but fans of the fabled outlaw won't mind. From woodland magic and music workshops, to evening merriment and jousting, this is one fun event.

Nottingham Caribbean Carnival; August: The city's large Caribbean population turns out in force to set the stage for one of the best events of the year. A riot of colourful costumes and beguiling dances entrance visitors.

Nottingham Goose Fair; October: A huge travelling funfair arrives at the city's Forest Recreation Ground and for a few days in autumn the excitement never stops.