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7 Places to Visit in Nottingham – Is it worth visiting?

If you aren’t familiar with UK cities, Nottingham is located in Central England, in the Midlands.

There are plenty of great places to visit in Nottingham, but before diving into them. If you’re wondering if Nottingham is worth visiting…

The truth is that I’ve visited many places close to where I live (Yorkshire) and I wanted to travel somewhere not too far and not too close, so I decided to look into Nottingham.

I remember a friend telling me that Nottingham is a charming place to visit, but I had heard of a mix of opinions, from it’s lovely to it isn’t worth a visit.

However, it isn’t about making a decision only on what others tell you, so I decided to create my own opinion by visiting this city.

It’s a great city to visit for a day trip because you have a bit of everything (museums, parks, a good variety of restaurants, monuments, etc.) The city isn’t very big, so that will help you visit almost everything in a day.

However, by the end of my visit, I wish I had more time to explore other areas around Nottingham too. 

Here is a list of must-see places to visit in Nottingham in a day.

best places to visit in Nottingham, England

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7 Best Places To Visit In Nottingham

Nottingham Castle

One of the best things to do in Nottingham is visiting Nottingham Castle.

Nottingham Castle has been a desirable castle by kings and lords in England and as consequence, it has gone through many turbulent events such as the British Civil War.

This is the perfect place for any history lover as you’ll learn more about the history of this castle and its legends in the great exhibitions and tours.

Apart from the tours, Nottingham’s Castle is also worth visiting for its lush green grounds where you can enjoy a nice hot drink from one of their cafes.

7 Places to Visit in Nottingham - Is it worth visiting? 7 Places to Visit in Nottingham - Is it worth visiting?

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, located beneath Nottingham’s Castle cliff, is the oldest inn and pub in England. Not only can you enjoy a delicious meal but take their cellar tour to learn more about this pub – where the pub got its name from and much more.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

City of Caves

City of Caves is a must-see attraction because you’ll learn so much about the history and culture of this city. Nottingham is well-known for its caves that were used in different ways through the years.

Some of these caves were houses for poor families, but as time passed it was used for many other reasons such as a place to have meetings to carry out illegal activities, a place to protect yourself from explosions during the Second World War, a place to make fabric…

This is a 45 minutes guided tour with a history expert that will tell you everything you want to know about the history behind the caves, however, you’ll also have some take to take pictures and wander by yourself.

I loved how informative the tour was and the little breaks between the talks to take pictures and enjoy exploring the caves.

Also, before starting your tour, while you’re waiting, you can glimpse the little souvenir shop near the ticket office. They have beautiful shiny gemstones to purchase.  

Overall, visiting Nottingham Caves is a great experience.

Robin Hood Statue 

If you’re walking around the castle, you won’t miss the Robin Hood statue because is located near the castle entrance.

Apart from taking a picture of this statue, you can also see and read the wall plaques that illustrate scenes from the tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

Robin Hood Statue in Nottingham

📌 Related post: What To Do In Lincoln UK In 2 Days, another great city to visit in the Midlands.

Arboretum Park 

Woman in a park in Nottingham

This park is located a bit further away from the city centre, but it’s within a walking distance.

It’s also near the city cemetery as we found out to our surprise! It seems like you can access the park from the cemetery too, but when we went they had closed the back gate.

The park is a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. As you walk in, you can find the small lake and birdcages on the left. 

The birdcages didn’t have any real birds as we expected, but maybe this is because we visited Nottingham in March and it’s still cold. I don’t know…

One of the best things to do is enjoy the squirrels’ company! There are many friendly squirrels running around the trees, so you can be lucky to feed them or take a close picture of them.

Old Market Square 

The main meeting point for locals and tourists, Old Market Square is where you can find your way to shopping streets and the tourist centre if you want to buy a souvenir or ask for any information.

This square is very impressive, spacious and beautiful, and somehow reminds me of London. But, actually, it’s the largest public space in the UK after London’s Trafalgar Square.

On a sunny day, you can grab a takeaway, sit down and relax watching how people pass or interact with others as well as see how children play and run in the fountain area.

Also, this is where many important events such as Christmas Winter Wonderland in the winter and Riviera Beach in the summer take place.

Old Market Square in Nottingham

Carlton Street

If you love visiting vibrant and lively streets wherever you go, you must walk around Carlton Street. I didn’t find this street on anyone’s blogs or travel recommendations, but I always like getting lost in the city and I found this one while I was there.

Not only is the street vibrant, but full of food options from little cafes to restaurants. One of my favourite things about this street is the LGBT rainbow pedestrian crossing too. It looks so good!

Woman in Carlton Street, Nottingham

Places to eat in Nottingham

Annie’s Burger Shack

I must admit that I look for restaurants and cafes before travelling anywhere. So, I looked in a couple of blogs and TripAdvisor and found Annie’s. I saw that reviews and comments were positive, so I decided to try it.

The restaurant is a bit hidden in comparison to other restaurants that you can find on the main streets, and we arrived it was a bit empty. They have a big menu to choose from and you can spend more than 5 minutes deciding what burger you want to have.

There are so many different burgers (Mexican fajita burger, German burger…), and the good thing is that they offer vegetarian and vegan options too.

I ordered the Mexican burger with skinny fries and it was so good. I just need to warn you that portions are very big, so you’d better be hungry. 

We didn’t wait very long for our burgers and the staff was very friendly. Also, I was glad we arrived a bit early for dinner because, after 5 minutes of being sat down, the restaurant was full!

Burger and chips from Annie's in Nottingham


Fancy something sweet? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Doughnotts! It’s a little donut shop with a wide variety of tasty donuts. From the famous Homer donut to salted toffee donut. 

I initially saw they do an avocado donut called the Avocadough and I wanted to try it. But when I got to the shop, they didn’t have any. Instead of the avo donut, I had a red velvet one and it was delicious!

You can eat it out or inside! If you go upstairs, they have a cosy area to sit down and enjoy your donut.

Places to stay in Nottingham

Jurys Inn Nottingham

Jurys Inn Nottingham is a 4-star hotel located less than 5 minute walk from the train station and not far from the city centre. It’s only 15 minute walk from Old Market Square where you can find a great variety of shops, restaurants and bars.

The hotel offers comfortable and modern rooms that are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, an ensuite bathroom, a safe, and free WiFi.

VRBO house

If you prefer to feel at home and stay somewhere spacious, this river facing townhouse with a balcony and parking at Trent Bridge is for you.

This cosy house includes two of the three bedrooms (a double and twin) that open out onto a beautiful balcony with seating where you can look down onto the riverside and look across to Trent Bridge itself.

This townhouse is also perfect if you’re planning to spend more than a weekend in Nottingham as the owner offers good discounts for weekly and longer stays.

I hope I’ve inspired you to visit Nottingham and let me know in the comments if you’re adding these places to visit in Nottingham to your UK bucket list!

Also, if you spend more than a day in the city, you should explore beautiful outdoor places like Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Wollaton Hall & Park and Newstead Abbey.

If you have any questions about Nottingham, don’t hesitate to reach me at cristina[at] or @creina.diary on Instagram.

Safe adventures!

Cristina x

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  1. Nottingham looks so awesome Cristina! I totally want to go now and I love Robin Hood growing up. 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I’m glad you like it! I think one of the main reasons I wanted to go was Robin Hood 🙂

  2. Oh how great, I had no idea, I´m definitely putting it on the daytrips list for when I visit my friends in the UK again, thanks for sharing!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      That’s great to hear 🙂 I think you’ll like it.

  3. I love charming England towns and Nottingham surely looks like one! Especially since I watched Robin Hood too many times when I was young 😀

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I think that small towns are more charming than some bigger cities in the UK 🙂

  4. It looks like a nice city to discover! Must be perfect for a weekend getaway in the UK!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Yes, it’s a great place to spend your weekend 🙂

  5. That mexican burger is giving me food envy!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      You must try it 🙂 It was delicious

  6. The food alone looks like it’s worth the trip! I’m a sucker for both good burgers and donuts, so I’ll keep those in mind if I ever visit! 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      I agree with you! You will love them 🙂

  7. madhu sharma says:

    Looks like an interesting place. Awesome picures loved it

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you, Madhu 🙂

  8. What a fun place to explore. I had no idea Nottingham had so many caves though. I would also have to visit the Robin Hood statue while I was there. But love smallish cities that you can see in a day or two. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      You are welcome, Kelly. I think UK small towns have so much to offer! Not only their city centres but their surroundings 🙂

  9. Sounds like such a nice city! Good thing you decided to visit anyways and love your photos!

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      Thank you! I’m glad I visited it 🙂

  10. Nottingham is my home city! I’m so glad you liked it, even though I’ve not lived there for several years, my parents still do and I love going back, especially to that Carlton Street area, there’s always new and interesting things that pop up there! Lovely guide xx

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      It’s great to have someone from Nottingham commenting on my blog 🙂 Carlton Street is one of my favourite places like you say, there are interesting things around. Thank you, Helena xx

  11. Looks like such a nice place! I would love to visit one day when I’m back in Europe 🙂

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      That would be great!

  12. Looks like a beautiful place to visit, love those caves! And I always love a good donut place 😁

    1. Cristina Reina says:

      The caves are amazing 🙂 I believe you’d enjoy visiting Nottingham.

  13. Nottingham looks like such a cute place to visit! I love little towns outside of the big cities because you can really see the culture. When I was in England visiting London, on my day trip to Stonehenge we stopped in the town Bath and it was the cutest! Just like what you’d picture from a small town in England, Nottingham looks the same!

  14. Great article! I can’t believe I didn’t know the oldest English pub is in Nottingham. I used to go Nottingham for lacrosse games and never took advantage of the great city. Looking forward to visiting again!

  15. I am VERY not familiar with the UK, so thanks for pointing out where Nottingham was, because I have HEARD of it, but I had no idea where it was in relation to other things. ALSO OMG, the food looks so good! Makes me excited for an eventual UK roadtrip!

  16. I’m so happy you visited Nottingham so you could share your opinion with us. I would love to visit! I’m all about history so would love Nottingham Castle, the caves look super cool and those donuts look amazing!

  17. I hadn’t thought of visiting Nottingham before! It looks like a good idea for a day trip if you’re in the area, and I like the historic points of interest you can visit too.

  18. I used to live in Nottingham, and would walk home through the Arboretum so it was a real trip down memory lane reading this. The Jerusalem is great too! To my shame (I’m pleading student poverty at this point) I never made it to the castle. I’ll have to go back and rectify this glaring omission now I can stretch to the entry fee.

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