Nicknamed the "Queen of the Midlands”, Nottingham City Centre is a historic trade and manufacturing hub once famed for its fine lace. In recent years, it has established a reputation as a cultural destination, with outstanding theatres, art galleries and museums to explore. It holds strong ties to the folkloric legend of Robin Hood, who is celebrated at its fortified castle.
Things to do in Nottingham City Centre
Spend an afternoon strolling through the historic heart of Nottingham, which centres around the largest public square in England, Old Market Square. Gaze up at the monumental dome of the Nottingham Council House and admire the charming brick warehouses of the Lace Market, then see the incredible Sky Mirror outside the Nottingham Playhouse.
You can venture into the world of Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle, which is famed for its bronze statues of this heroic outlaw and his merry men. Explore the castle’s underground network of mysterious caves and learn about the industrial history of Nottingham in the galleries of the Ducal Mansion.
On the northern edge of the city centre is the Nottingham Arboretum, a beautifully landscaped park that houses a collection of over 800 trees. It’s the oldest public park in Nottingham and originally opened in 1852. It’s home to several heritage-listed buildings, an early 20th-century bandstand and a scenic lake, which provide the backdrop to cultural events throughout the year.
Getting around Nottingham City Centre
Nottingham City Centre is 25 minutes’ drive from East Midlands Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect to cities across the United Kingdom from the Nottingham railway station while buses and trams travel throughout the city centre.