Perched on a high rock, the 17th-century Nottingham Castle
was said to be home to Robin Hood’s enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. It now houses a museum and art gallery, offering cave tours and visits to King David’s dungeon. The city’s hub is the European-style Old Market Square
, a popular meeting point. South of here is the Galleries of Justice Museum
, Nottingham's former courthouse/jail, an intriguing retrospective into the city’s crime and punishment past.
Innovative theatre, dance and comedy are on at the dynamic Nottingham Playhouse
world-class theatre and ballet fill the jam-packed calendars of the Theatre Royal
and Royal Concert Hall
. On a summertime Nottingham city break, alfresco theatre at Newstead Abbey
’s Summer Stage is a winner.
Wining and dining
The Lace Market
’s narrow streets, south-east of the centre, once home to Victorian lace-making warehouses, are packed with bars and restaurants. Try the contemporary Iberico World Tapas
serving big Spanish platters. In the centre,
try lobster pepper fry at the renowned Curry Lounge
, which also runs Indian cookery classes. At Nottingham’s only Michelin-starred eatery, Restaurant Sat Bains
, south-west of the city, the tasting menu is a star attraction.
Byard Lane in the 18th-century Lace Market
area is where local designer Paul Smith
opened his first store. Now, the area is teeming with upscale fashion like Hugo Boss and Whistles. For high-street favourites, Westfield Broadmarsh
and Victoria Centre
mall cater to all budgets.