Are you coming for a day trip to Nottingham and looking for the best things to do in the city and surrounding areas, or are you a local wanting to revisit the gems your county has to offer?
Here’s what the people of Nottingham think are the top authentic and unmissable experiences.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Nottinghamshire dweller, Ricky Mistry, said: “A pint in an ancient pub, is a must.”
The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, or simply ‘the trip’ to locals, is an ancient inn in the heart of Nottingham.
It has incredible history that dates all the way back to 1189, this amazing place is like a living museum.
The traditional pub built into stone caves, has a charming and wonky interior and resident ghosts!
National Justice Museum
Lisa Douglas said: “A trip to The National Justice Museum, the one stop shop for arrest, sentencing and execution!”
The museum is based in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade 2 listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol.
The museum uses original courtrooms, dungeons, and prison cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit the collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a interactive way.
Visit to Nottingham Contemporary
Daniel Swann said: “A visit to a modern art gallery, like the Nottingham Contemporary.”
Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest galleries of contemporary art in the UK.
The gallery hosts regular changing exhibitions of international art.
Nottingham Contemporary is set in an iconic building, designed by the award-winning architects Caruso St John, in the heart of city centre.
Green’s Windmill and Science Centre
Helen Crowder said: “I’d recommend to any family or friends to visit Green’s windmill, its a great place to visit for all the family.”
George Green’s windmill is available to visit in Sneinton, not many people have heard of George Green, even though he was one of the most remarkable scientists of his, or any other, generation.
When the wind allows, see it working and buy our award-winning organic flour.
In the science centre next to the windmill, you can discover the remarkable story of what George Green and the scientific things that fascinated him, such as light, electricity and magnetism.
The windmill and centre are open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm and there is no need to book.
Nottingham University park and boating lake
David Perkins said: “Its a great day out and is a wonderful place to relax and unwind.”
This is often confused with the University Park because of its close proximity to Nottingham University Campus.
This 21 hectares park is well endowed with magnificent trees, exotic plantings, and water features.
The boating lake has boats to hire include rowing boats, canoes, kayaks and katakanus.
The lake is open during the Easter Holidays and then from May to October, 10am to 7pm daily.
Verusca Calabria, Research Fellow in Mental Health and Social Exclusion said: “Newstead Abbey is by far one of my favourite day trips out in Nottinghamshire.”
Newstead Abbey is the beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.
It was founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century, but is now best known as the ancestral home of Lord Byron, the scandalous poet.
There is 300 acres of grounds with paths that meander past lakes, ponds, and waterfalls.
The formal gardens are the perfect place to relax and offer something in all seasons.
Sherwood forest for a walk
Ricky Mistry said: “A day out to Sherwood forest to see the Major Oak is something I’d tell any of my friends or family visiting the area to go and see.”
The forest is a magical destination for everyone who visits and wants to enjoy a beautiful ancient woodland walk.
It is also the home of the legend Robin Hood.
You’ll find 375 hectares at the National Nature Reserve, which is home to hundreds of species of bird, insect, mammal, fungi, tree and plant.
Anshu Shearing said: “A trip to Stonebridge Farm is a great chance to see the farm animals and have a great lunch.”
Stonebridge City Farm is a slice of the country in the heart of Nottingham City.
Its ideals include providing a much needed green space, sustainable buildings, distinctive local identity, and people who care and respect the community.
They have animals of all sizes, including cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys.
The site is accessible to all – families with young children, people with disabilities, and parties from schools and colleges.
Admission to the farm is free.
Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
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— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) January 12, 2022
Daniel Swann, from Sherwood said: “If you are coming to visit Nottingham you have to buy a one-day ticket at a world famous Trent Bridge ground to watch the cricket.”
The cricket club is one of the most famous and beautiful cricket grounds in the world.
It is a place replete with magic moments in history, old-world character and charm.
You don’t even have to be a cricket fan to enjoy a day at Trent Bridge!
Robin Hood Statue
Lisa Douglas, who is a the landlady at The Winchester said: “A wander round the city centre and a visit to the Robin Hood statue is a definite must for a new comer in Nottingham.”
The statue that weighs half a ton, and is 7ft tall Nottingham’s legendary outlaw proudly stands on a two-and-a-half ton block of white Clipsham stone.
It is surrounded by small studies of Little John, Friar Tuck, Alan A Dale and Will Scarlett, whilst wall plaques illustrate scenes from the tales of Robin Hood & his Merry Men.