Visit Nottinghamshire and you will discover plenty of things to do every day of the year. Go into the great outdoors and discover our fascinating network of caves and the enchanting Sherwood Forest. Or why not immerse yourself in our county's history and culture, from Robin Hood and Nottingham Castle to literary heroes such as DH Lawrence. Nottinghamshire is also the perfect place for a fun-packed family day out, an action-packed weekend break or a lavish shopping trip. The Novotel is also well placed for visiting the historic houses of nearby Derbyshire.
D. H. Lawrence Heritage Birthplace
See the first home of D. H. Lawrence where he was born on 11th September 1885. Today the museum is an astounding re-creation of a Victorian family home, which is brought to life through informative friendly guides. The museum lets you explore the very heart of working class Victorian life through the home of the Lawrence family.
Contact: DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, 8A Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3AW Tel: 0115 917 3824
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city. The castle was built by William the Conqueror’s son after the Norman invasion, the first incarnation of the Castle being built in 1068. The history of Nottingham Castle is chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue – it was known as the Legendary home to the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood’s mortal enemy. When the castle was destroyed after the Civil War, it was replaced by a magnificent ducal mansion in 1674. Then in 1875 it was converted into the first municipal museum and art gallery outside London. Award-winning cave tours tell all the history and take you down into the passageways and tunnels beneath the building.is perched upon a high ridge, offering stunning views of the Vale of Scarsdale.
Nottingham Castle Caves
Beneath Nottingham Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Enjoy a memorable tour discovering the secret passageways, King David’s legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle’s Wine Cellar or Mortimer’s Hole. With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with over 300 steep steps. However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years of history the tour is a must.
Contact: Nottingham Castle, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL Tel: 0115, 8761400
This magnificent home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. Find out more about the history of Chatsworth and the Devonshire Collection.
There are over 30 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the Guest Bedrooms meet an Edwardian Lady's Maid who will be revealing the secrets of her mistress's suitcase of clothes. From 5 November 2016 - 3 January 2017 the house will be dressed for Christmas at Chatsworth.
Contact: Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Nottinghamshire, DE451PP Tel: 01246 565300
Created by Bess of Hardwick, designed by Robert Smythson and home to the tragic tales of Lady Arbella Stuart, the lady that history forgot, Hardwick Hall packs a historical punch when you're visiting the counties historic houses and castles. It sits on the border with Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with half the land in each county.
Hardwick Hall boasts a gothic exterior with daunting grand windows, beautiful grounds and a restaurant packed with delicious meals and snacks all year round for visitors. The hall was featured as Malfoy Manor in the Harry Potter films and is owned by the National Trust.
Contact: Hardwick Hall, Doe Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ
Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Further evidence came to light in 2003 with the discovery of Britain's only known Ice Age rock art.
Contact: Cresswell Crags, Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH Tel: 01909 720 378
Newstead Abbey and Gardens
A beautiful historic house, set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire. Experience the romance and mystery of Newstead Abbey, which from 1808 – 1814 was the home to the notorious poet Lord Byron. Inside the abbey there is much to explore including Victorian room settings and the poet’s private apartments. Visit the gardens in the spring and enjoy the spectacular displays of colour from the rhododendrons, picnic by the lake in the summer, see the stunning Japanese maples in the autumn or take an invigorating walk in the winter
Contact: Newstead Abbey, Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8NA
Tel: 01623 455 900 http://www.newsteadabbey.org.uk/
Wollaton Hall & Park
Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion in the heart of Nottingham. It is a prominent Grade One Listed building and following its major programme of restoration, visitors of all ages are welcome to visit the hall and park. It was was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588 for his family. Now a prominent Grade One listed building, the stunning Hall houses the city's Natural History Museum along with reconstructed room settings.
Standing on a natural hill, three miles west of Nottingham City Centre, Wollaton Hall is set in 500 acres of spectacular gardens and parkland. The hall was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, Dark Knight Rises.
Contact: Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 2AE
There is so much to do for children of all ages. Take a look at this website for the full list:- http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/nottingham
This 450-acre country park, is home to the well-loved veteran oak tree, the Major Oak which is known throughout the world for its connection to Nottinghamshire’s legendary hero Robin Hood.
Sherwood Forest is located near the village of Edwinstowe, in north Nottinghamshire, and the large English oak is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old. Legend has it that the ancient oak not only provided Robin Hood with shelter, it was also the place where he and his Merry Men slept. Throughout the year, there are several events held there specially for children
Contact: Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, 9HN Tel 01623 823202