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A Day in Nottingham: What To Do

February 12, 2021
It's easy to think that Nottingham is a boring city. Though pretty urban for a rural town, it's not like it's as bustling as London, as busy as Manchester, or as lively as Leeds. With that said, Nottingham still has its own charms. An old-world vibe that's nostalgic, romantic, and idyllic. So it's not fair to say that Nottingham is a boring city. On the contrary, there's a ton you can do even if you only have a day to spend here. From seeing castles to venturing into caves, here are some of the best things to do in Nottingham for a day!
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do


See the Manors and Castles of Nottingham

Nottingham is one of those English countryside cities where you can find the most stunning manors and grandiose castles. It's not exactly Vienna or Prague, but it's near that vibe. If you're a fan of 'Downton Abbey,' you'll love spending a day just visiting and exploring these places in Nottingham. A must-see is definitely Nottingham Castle, a medieval fortress that was an instrument during the many ways Great Britain was involved in. There's also Wollaton Hall, an opulent Tudor manor that will really remind you of the iconic British TV show. You can pretend you're nobility as you walk along its elegant halls.
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
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Explore Newstead Abbey

Ever wanted to explore someplace that looks eerie? Go to Newstead Abbey in Nottingham. One of the most stunning parks in the city, it's where you can see the remnants of a 12th-century Augustinian abbey which was once the home of the famous poet, Lord Byron. It's a monument to Gothic design yet it reeks with abandonment too, making it a perfect setting for a horror film! Nevertheless, the beautiful vast greeneries that surround it is also a great place for spending time with friends and family. After, of course, you've explored this historic abbey!
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
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Relax in Highfields Park

For another park that's not so scary, go to Highfields Park. Located just south of the University of Nottingham, one of the finest schools in the city, this 121-acre garden can rival the likes of Jardin de Tuileries in Paris or Central Park in New York. Not in size, but rather, in the kind of place where people can just relax, have fun, and enjoy the natural beauty this city has to offer. A beautiful oasis of botanical bliss amidst the more urban parts of Nottingham. Just by seeing the beautiful flowerbeds the red and orange trees during autumn, and the still lake by the esplanade, you'll feel at peace!
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
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Spend Time At The Old Market Square

Of course, if you're just visiting Nottingham and you want to see at local life looks like here, you'll only need to go to the Old Market Square. Splendidly overlooked by the Council House, it's one of the busiest areas in the city. You can shop at the boutiques, dine at the most delicious restaurants, stroll along the beautiful houses, and more. At first glance, the place almost looks like Brussels, doesn't it? And that's exactly what's so charming about it. It's a type of old-world square that you'd expect to see in other European cities. Not necessarily one you'll find in Nottingham!
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Drink at Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Speaking of old-world charm there's also Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem! Regarded by many as the oldest public house in all of England—which they even proclaim on their facade!—it's an inn of sorts. The type you'd read about in storybooks and see in period films and the like. Here, not only will you be able to experience what it was like to live (and drink!) during Medieval England, but you also get to know more about the Jewish community in the city. Ultimately, it's safe to say you won't find a place quite like this among the many neighborhoods in Nottingham.
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Go Inside A Cave

Did you know you can explore a cave in Nottingham? Though it may seem like a cave is the last thing you'd find in this city. there are actually some here! In fact, even before the city of Nottingham was established, the caves already existed in the area. Called the 'City of Caves,' it's literally an underground city (of sorts) located beneath caves. And yes, there are actual establishments in them! It only goes to show that even the English countryside has a few surprises up its sleeve! If you thought that this place only consisted of meadows and forests, you're entirely mistaken!
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Pet Animals in The Stonebridge City Farm

Finally, if have a free day to spend with your family in Nottingham and you want to create happy memories with your kids, you can always head to The Stonebridge City Farm. Practically an overgrown petting zoo, it's a farm where they allow you to interact with the many adorable animals they raise here. Let your kids squeal around with the little piglets with glee. Allow your toddlers to chase after the pups. You might even get to see how a cow is milked! An adorable and exciting farm that's also educational, it's the perfect family-friendly destination in Nottingham!
A Day in Nottingham: What To Do
Source: The Stonebridge City Farm Facebook Page

Just because Nottingham is located in the English countryside, it doesn't mean that it's a boring city. In fact, you'll find that there are a ton of things to see, do, and explore here! You might even find it more exciting than other cities in the UK!

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