Located in the East Midlands, in the southeast of Nottinghamshire, Nottingham is renowned for lace-making, bicycles and the legend of Robin Hood.
Citizens of Nottingham can trace their city’s history back to pre-history. But during the Anglo-Saxon age, it acquired its name. A Saxon chieftain named Snot occupied the settlement in 600AD and there after it was known as the homestead of Snot’s people, or Snotingaham. By the 13th century, the ‘S’ had dropped off and we know it today as Nottingham.
Nottingham’s most famous citizen is, in reality, a legend. Robin Hood first appears in song and story in the 1370s. His habit of robbing the rich and giving to the poor made him a popular folk hero among peasant classes.
Robin Hood’s enduring legend has turned Nottingham into a popular tourist destination. Every year, visitors bring over £1.5 billion in tourist revenue to the city. It has been voted one of the Top 10 Cities to Visit in the UK on multiple occasions and attracts almost 250,000 overseas visitors every year.
Visitors have the opportunity to explore legendary landscapes like Sherwood Forest and dive into history at Nottingham Castle. Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall also provide and informative and enjoyable day out.
You can also enjoy shopping and dining in the Old Market Square and the Lace Market, located in the centre of the city. Nottingham has some of the best pubs, bars and cafes in the UK, including England’s oldest inn.
Nottingham is home to two universities, so visitors should expect a sizeable student population, along with everything that comes with it. This means a thriving nightlife and music scene. The city also hold huge annual festivals, including the St Patrick’s Day Parade, an Asian Mela and the Goose Fair.
Nottingham is proud to be the home of the oldest professional football club in the world, Notts County. Established in 1862, Notts County is the cornerstone of Nottingham’s love for local sports teams, both football and beyond.
It has two professional football teams, as well as Nottinghamshire Country Cricket Club, Nottingham RFC rugby club as well as having deep connections with ice dancing and ice hockey. More recently, two Roller Derby leagues have appeared in Nottingham.
Getting to Nottingham is easy thanks to its proximity to the M1 and East Midlands Airport. It also has a reliable public transport network of buses and trams.