Cherished for more than Robin Hood and that place where they filmed Batman; Nottingham is a small city with a big heart. Don’t be alarmed when people call you ‘Duck’.
Nottingham is a hub for culture. Whether your free time asks for old manor houses and castles, or contemporary theatre and music, Nottingham never lets you down. For a step into the past , present and future, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park or the infamous Wayne Manor is outstanding every season. Park runs, Sunday strolls, outdoor cinema, picnics, and festivals, it does it all.
Nottingham has a whole host of fantastic theatres that offer student tickets; Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Theatre (on the Nottingham University Park campus - also has great exhibitions), Nottingham New Theatre (the only fully student run theatre in Britain, but don’t expect missed cues and amateur stylings - it runs as a professional theatre).
Broadway Cinema - an indie film lover’s dream; they also do the blockbusters, previews, masterclasses and lectures, and a film festival. If it’s music that makes you feel good, try Bodega. It is bar, nightclub, music venue - hosting some of the best up and coming artists.
Nottingham Contemporary is an international art house and one of the largest in the UK. The Observer said it’s “constantly inventive” so why not have a see for yourself. The Glee Club for stand up’s up-and-coming, as well as big laughs for the big names.
Meet and Eat
Homemade - Absolutely, mouthwateringly, wonderfully, delicious food; all Homemade, of course.
Turtle Bay - Yes, it can be found in most cities BUT it always delivers on flavour and party vibes.
Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms - They have over 100 types of loose leaf tea and freshly made sandwiches and snacks in a cosy tea shop.
Annie’s Burger Shack - A seriously good American burger joint on your doorstep - veggie options too!
Rose and Crown - The student hub on Derby Road, if you’re a uni of student, you’ll accidentally slip in here A LOT. They do a pub quiz, huge food portions, and ridiculous food challenges - Apocalypse Cow take your fancy? The After Burner?
Warsaw Diner - At the top of Derby Road, if you’re feeling a little worse for ware, they offer cheap and delicious breakfast, all day, with bottomless coffee.
Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti - A tasty little Italian, authentic flavour fantasies.
Walk by the river Trent. It’s particularly peaceful mornings and evenings. Watch your uni’s rowing teams sweat their stuff whilst you amble by.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem - the oldest inn in England. You should go, if not for the pub grub and craft beer, then for the photo.
The Arboretum was Nottingham’s first public park built in a growing city to provide clean air and a space for walking, relaxation and exercise. It isn’t extensive, but it is an escape, with winding paths and over 800 trees.
You can visit the City of Caves at the National Justice Museum to explore the labyrinth cave network underneath your beloved Nottingham streets. Check out special Halloween events if you want to get the hairs on edge and the adrenaline going. The Lost City Adventure is the ultimate crazy golf and a perfect day (or night) out whether it’s for a first date, or uni family fun. Room Escape Games are a-plenty in Nottingham, click the link for a list of the best ones according to TripAdvisor.
You can definitely do Nottingham by foot but this is England, and sometimes we don’t want to walk in dreary drizzle, in which case there are buses connecting uni-to-city and uni-to-uni which run every 9 to 15 minutes. There’s also the new and shiny Metrolink around the city, but most importantly from campus to town centre. Annual or term passes can be bought for the payable services.