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What to see in Nottingham

Nottingham Attractions

Although the Robin Hood legends give the city a certain romantic allure, the network of manmade sandstone caves called the City of Caves is Nottingham's greatest tourist attraction. Just outside of the city, the Cresswell Crags offer natural cave systems of great archaeological significance due to the evidence of Ice Age inhabitants.

Above ground Nottingham is a pleasant and busy English town, equipped with an impressively large Market Square and thriving shopping streets around the site of its central Castle Rock, which is now topped with a Ducal Mansion (the original castle having been destroyed).

The city was once a lace-producing centre and the Lace Market Centre provides some insight into the history of this delicate art form. Nottingham is also renowned for its watering holes, and three of the local pubs claim to be England's oldest: The Bell, Old Salutation, and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

Those on the trail of Robin can seek him out in Sherwood Forest where the huge and ancient oak trees are accessible via a pleasant network of walking trails. There is also a Robin Hood Festival held annually in summer in Nottingham which will delight fans of the legends.

City of Caves

A system of man-made caves carved into the sandstone beneath the city of Nottingham has been developed into a modern, award-winning attraction known as The City of Caves. Anglo-Saxons originally inhabited…

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Cresswell Crags

A short distance from the M1 motorway near Nottingham is an ancient limestone gorge, honeycombed with caves, where archaeologists have found traces of Ice Age inhabitants who lived here up to 50,000…

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Ducal Mansion (Nottingham Castle)

Towering over the city centre of Nottingham is a magnificent 17th-century mansion, built on a sandstone outcrop (Castle Rock) on the site of the original medieval castle erected by William the Conqueror…

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Sherwood Forest

Accessed by the A614 highway, Sherwood Forest makes a great getaway close to Nottingham city. Rather reduced from the green splendour it evinced in the days of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is nevertheless…

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