About Nottingham

Nottingham is a vibrant, creative city, and its reputation as a cultural destination is well deserved. It is home to a huge number of artists, and many excellent cultural venues, most of which will act as exhibition spaces during WEYA. Nottingham is situated less than two hours away from London by train, and is well connected by air, road and rail. The city itself is compact and destinations are easy to reach on foot, be sure to make the most of your visit by exploring the culture, heritage, food and drink we have on offer.

First up, a visit to Nottingham Castle, which at 140 feet high, offers amazing views of the entire city, and has acres of beautiful grounds to walk through. While here, take part in the cave tour, taking you through ancient sandstone caves beneath the Castle. Outside the Castle grounds is the infamous Robin Hood statue, so say ‘hello’ to our legendary man in tights. 

Built into the Castle cliffs lies the oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem which is guaranteed to leave you mesmerised by the history it holds. It serves hot and cold food and drinks throughout the day and its traditional English ales are extremely popular!

When visiting for WEYA, you’ll be sure to find yourself in Nottingham’s Old Market Square. In the heart of the city, Old Market Square features a large fountain and The Council House; a stunning piece of architecture which creates a show-stopping backdrop. The square is surrounded by shops, cafes and bars, and if you’re looking to explore a little further afield, plenty of buses and trams run frequently through it. Just off the square is the Nottingham Tourism Centre, where you can find information on the city, as well as travel information, gifts and souvenirs!

A recommended way to familiarise yourself with the city is on one of our walking tours. Join the Robin Hood Town Tour to learn more about the legend, or dare to try the Nottingham Ghost Walk and find out about our haunted history.

Well worth a visit is Wollaton Hall and Deer Park – an Elizabethan Mansion in 500 acres of beautiful grounds just two miles from the city centre. This beautiful park is home to red deer and fallow deer, and the Hall itself starred as Wayne Manor in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight Rises. The Hall is free to visit, and also houses Nottingham’s Natural History Museum.

As part of the 2021 Cultural Olympiad, the Living in Silk exhibition celebrates thousands of years of Chinese silk production, and is at Nottingham Castle through until mid September. At Nottingham Contemporary during WEYA are exhibitions by two very special artists – Alfred Kubin’s The Other Side  is a collection of his haunting drawings from the early 20th Century, and Frances Upritchard’s A Hand of Cards brings together some of her psychedelic human forms, in a festive gathering. New Art Exchange is a leading contemporary gallery celebrating international art, and is just a short tram ride from the city centre. 

If you get hungry, Nottingham has over 300 places to drink and dine, so you’ll never be short of an option. For a cultural dining experience, the Nottingham Playhouse offers bold, thrilling and world class performances, as well as CAST, its superbly modern restaurant, bar and deli. Look out for the famous Sky Mirror, a public art installation reflecting an inverted skyline by artist Anish Kapoor.

Broadway cinema, a leading independent cinema, shows Hollywood blockbusters, indie hits and regional filmmaker showcases, and also houses a separate cafe/bar which serves scrumptious pizzas and burritos.

Evening time is when Nottingham really comes to life. There is something to try on every corner, like the Real Ale Trail, which takes you on a journey of Real Ale pubs and bars such as the Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Cock and Hoop, Canal House, the Roebuck in and many others.  There are also different theatres, such as the Theatre Royal, Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham Arts Theatre and Lakeside Arts Centre.

On any given night, you could listen to stirring classical music at the Royal Concert Hall, live comedy at city venues, loud riffs at Rock City or an intimate, acoustic performance at one of the city’s bars and clubs.