Heading out on a day trip to Nottingham with your children in tow? Get excited! Not only is this the legendary home of Robin Hood, there’s plenty to see and do in the city. Don’t worry about getting around, there’s an abundance of public transport available.
From the beautiful parks and woodlands to the incredible cultural exhibitions to visit, Nottingham itself is an interesting city and has excellent shopping facilities available for those all-important holiday souvenirs. There’s plenty of family attractions available, more so than can fill a day-trip to the city, so if you wanted to stay over – consider a luxury city-centre hotel, so you are right in the middle of it all.
Culture & Education
If you’ve got small children that are always asking the dreaded “Why?” question – fill their minds with knowledge, culture and wonder with a trip to the Green’s Mill and Science Centre in Sneinton. Not only free to enter (although donations are, of course, welcome) there’s a working windmill and lots of scientific hands-on “experiments” for the kids to get stuck into.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind a bit of a walk (and aren’t claustrophobic!) journey under the city of Nottingham to the City of Caves – a hidden world of sandstone caves beneath the city streets with all new children’s activities to participate in.
Both the Newstead Abbey and Nottingham Castle are beautiful structures that deserve a visit for an interesting morning or afternoon. The Abbey itself can only be accessed at the weekend however, the grounds are open during the week to roam.
Nature & Wildlife
When holidaying with your children, they can get a bit excitable so what better way to give them the chance to let off steam than by visiting a nice, open park. There’s the nearby Sherwood Forest, home to the legendary Robin Hood and Major Oak, the incredibly large and ancient oak tree that was thought to house his Merry Men. Close to the city centre you’ll find the Nottingham Arboretum. This is an award-winning park and the oldest in Nottingham, first opened in 1852. Come in and admire over 800 trees, enjoy the wildlife areas or let the kids run wild in the play area.
Also, worth a visit is Wollaton Park, home to several herds of friendly deer and the historic Wollaton Hall, which movie-buffs may recognise as Wayne Manor from the 2011 blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. There is also a small farm just outside the city centre, Stonebridge City Farm, while not large, it’s a nice place to spend a peaceful lunchtime.
Not far away, in Loughborough, is the Manor Farm and Woodlands which makes for a wonderful day out with plenty of interesting farm and wild animals to see and even hold!
Getting Around the City
Getting around the city is a breeze, many of the main city attractions are reachable on foot or alternatively, visitors can use the Nottingham Express Transit. The NET trams offer connections direct to all the leisure and family attractions, including the shopping centres! There are also public transport buses and taxis available.
There are plenty of places to shop until you drop in the city. Try the independent, boutique mix of retailers to the brand names you know and love. Whatever you need – you’re sure to find it amongst our stores. For arts, crafts and quirkiness drop by the Creative Quarter, in particular, Derby Road holds a treasure trove of design-related purchases. There are plenty of chic label stores in the Broadway and Victoria shopping centres.
Whether you are looking for a day-trip or want somewhere to enjoy a short break, Nottingham is a city of many exciting sights and sounds, just waiting for you to explore. Start planning your city escape today and check out some of the summer events like the Nottingham Riverside Festival (early August) or the Nottingham Food Festival (mid-August) for some tasty treats!
Have you been to Nottingham? Any recommendations you didn’t see listed above – then let us know in the comments.