the insider’s guide to NOTTINGHAM

As the home of both Robin Hood and England’s oldest inn, Nottingham really needs no introduction. But spend a weekend in this quaint town turned city and you’ll see just how much more it has to offer.

Putting to one side its interesting history, in recent times Nottingham has become home to a growing arts and culture scene, which, coupled with it being a stone’s throw from some of England’s most spectacular outdoor scenery made it the perfect weekend escape for this Londoner.

We were lucky enough to have a local show us how to make the most of 48 hours in Nottingham (and surrounds!) – and now you can find out how to, too!

GO THRIFT SHOPPING

If what the locals say is true, Nottingham has some of the best thrift shopping in England.

Spot a steal at

Braderie Vintage – 19-21 Pelham Street, Nottingham, NG1 2ED

Cow Vintage – 2A George Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BE

Sue Ryder – 30/32 Goose Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1FF

White Rose – 2 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AL

Wild Clothing – 4-6 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

VISIT THE HOME OF THE BAKEWELL TART

About an hour’s drive from Nottingham centre is the quaint little town, a stop on the way to the Peak District. Famous for the sweet tart which you can buy from one of countless stores bearing the same name, Bakewell also has atmosphere to boot.

Not much further down the road is the stunning Chatsworth House, which is well worth a drive through at the very least.

TAKE A WALK IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

A rival to the popular Lakes District, the Peak District has views for days from the many peaks that (unsurprisingly) comprise the district. A walk in the Peak District can be as intensive or relaxing as you choose, just make sure you are prepared for mud (it is England, after all!)

TAKE A TOUR OF NOTTINGHAM CASTLE

If you come to Nottingham, surely this is a rite of passage, right? We (embarrassingly) didn’t see this (I blame lockdown restrictions) but from what I hear this is well worth the visit.

HAVE A DRINK AT HOCKLEY ARTS CLUB

Nottingham has a thriving night life and from what I am told some of the newer venues like Hockley Arts Club are a new offering to this, representing a more underground sophisticated club scene. Set downstairs in a darkened room replete with chesterfield lounges and fringed lamps, whilst serving up drinks with names including ‘Cherry Chapstick’, ‘Mambo No. 5’ and ‘Get Figgy With It’ this place was all kinds of cool.

Hockley Arts Club – 20 Carlton St, Nottingham NG1 1NN

Other ideas include Boilermaker, Pitcher & Partner or Coco Tang

STOP IN FOR A DRINK AT ENGLAND’S OLDEST INN

There is a bit of contention about which of the inns in Nottingham can *actually* claim this title. However, popular opinion suggests it is Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, set just alongside Nottingham Castle. Worth it to say you’ve done it, right?

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – Brewhouse Yard, 1, Nottingham NG1 6AD

GET OUTSIDE

Conventionally a uni town, Nottingham is brimming with outdoor areas and sports grounds just asking to be enjoyed. If you get some sunny weather, what better way to stretch your legs outside London, huh? Try Nottingham’s answer to Regent’s Canal if you need some ideas.

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