Top 5 attractions of Nottingham

Nottingham Castle ©aimeeorleans/Flickr

The beautiful city of Nottingham is situated in the county of Nottinghamshire, England. I am absolutely sure that the name of the city is familiar with everyone, Nottingham being related to the legend of Robin Hood, the 15th century heroic outlaw who lived in the Sherwood Forest of the county.

Today, the city is a buzzing tourist- and nightlife spot, attracting thousands of visitors yearly. There are numerous natural and cultural attractions in the city and its surroundings. These include the Nottingham Castle, the Sherwood Forest, the city’s Ferris wheel, the Albert Hall, the City of Caves, the Galleries of Justice, numerous museums and art galleries and so on. There are so many sights in the city, but the following article will present you the top 5 attractions of Nottingham.

Nottingham Castle

The medieval castle of Nottingham served as a major royal fortress during the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the city’s major landmarks and also tourist attractions, housing a fantastic museum and art gallery. It includes excellent exhibitions relating to the city’s and its surroundings’ history and decorative and fine art collections. It also includes a museum of the Sherwood Foresters. The museum also houses numerous annual events, such as the Robin Hood Pageant. The museum can be visited from March to October from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 until 17:00 and from November to February from 10:00 until 16:00. It is closed on Mondays. (November 2012)

Nottingham Castle ©aimeeorleans/Flickr

The Sherwood Forest

The beautiful forest is visited by thousands of tourists each year who are attracted by the legend of Robin Hood. One of the highlights of the forest is the Major Oak which served as the main hideout for Robin. The oak tree is almost 1.000 years and is a beloved attraction of the forest. There is also an art and craft centre in the centre of the forest which contains exhibitions and provides craft demonstrations, including a café, too. Besides, there is a visitor centre to help visitors find all the points of interest.

The Major Oak in the Sherwood Forest ©drumminhands/Flickr

The city’s Ferris wheel

Another major landmark of Nottingham is the big Ferris wheel situated in the Old Market Square. It played important role in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Light Night Festival which occurred on the 8th of February. Initially it was named the Nottingham Eye, but later the name was changed to Nottingham Wheel to avoid the association to London’s Ferris wheel, London Eye.

Nottingham’s Ferris wheel ©air babble/Flickr

Albert Hall

It is the name of an important concert venue and also serves as the City Centre Conference. The Baroque Revival style building is a very attractive landmark of the city. The building includes the fantastic Great Hall and numerous conference rooms. If you are a fan of concerts, you can not miss to buy a ticket for a performance in the famous venue.

The City of Caves

This network of caves is an extremely popular visitor attraction in Nottingham. The caves were carved into sandstone and have been used for various purposes over the centuries, as public house cellars, tannery and so on. Visiting the attraction is surely a great day out for the whole family. The caves focus on varied themes, making the visit very interesting. Audio tours of the City of Caves are available from Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 17:00 and performance tours on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 10:30 to 16:30. (November 2012)

Leave a Reply