Things to do in Nottingham

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 Birthplace Museum

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.

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, 8A Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3AW

Tel: 0115 917 3824

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is the magnificent home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The art collection has evolved with each new generation to reflects tastes and passions. Currently there are art works spanning 4000 years, with examples of Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Nottinghamshire, DE45 1PP

Tel: 01246 565300

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Nottingham castle was built by William the Conqueror’s son after the Norman invasion. Nottingham Castle has a particularly colourful history, chequered with sieges, murders and intrigue. Perhaps one of its most well known residents was Robin Hood’s mortal enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

No visit is complete without a tour of Nottingham Castle’s labyrinth of man made caves and tunnels.

Nottingham Castle, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL

Tel: 0115 8761400

Hardwick Hall

Boasting an impressive gothic exterior, Hardwick Hall sits on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Explore the hall and its grounds, refuel and the restaurant, and discover the tragic tale of Lady Arabella Stuart, the lady that history forgot…

You might even recognise Hardwick Hall from its more recent claim to fame: the hall featured as Malfoy Manor in the Harry Potter films.

Hardwick Hall, Doe Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

Tel: 01246 850 430

Creswell Crags

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.

Creswell Crags, Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH

Tel: 01909 720 378

Wollaton Hall & Park

The spectacular Wollaton Hall is a Grade One listed Elizabethan mansion which has benefited from a major restoration programme. Suitable for visitors of all ages, you’ll find Wollaton Hall situated on a natural hill just three miles west of Nottingham City Centre. The hall itself is another of Nottingham’s ‘must-visit’ attractions for film-buffs; it was used as the settign of Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 2AE

Tel: 01158 763 100

Newstead Abbey & Gardens

The beautiful and historic house is set in exquisitely landscaped gardens within the heart of Nottinghamshire. From 1808 until 1814, Newstead Abbey was home to the notorious Lord Byron. When you explore the abbey, you’ll be able to peak inside 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.

Newstead Abbey, Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8NA

Tel: 01623 455 900

Sherwood Forest

Home to the much-loved Major Oak, which is thought to be between 800 and 1000 years old, Sherwood Forest is best known for its connection to Nottinghamshire’s favourite son, Robin Hood.

Legend has it that the veteran oak tree provided shelter for Robin Hood, and was even where he and his band of Merry Men slept.

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9HN

Tel: 01623 823202

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