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Visiting Nottingham

Useful tourist information for visiting Nottingham, including shopping, places of interest, food and drink.

More information can be found on the Visit Nottinghamshire website. We have listed some of our favourites below:

Places of interest

City of CavesNational Justice Museum and City of Caves – Explore the network of hundreds of man-made caves dating back over 1000 years. You can take a guided tour of the caves and visit the National Justice Museum both of which offer an interesting social history of Nottingham and the UK law and justice system.

Wollaton Hall – a 20 minute walk from the University, this Elizabethan mansion set in 500 acres of parkland (and including several cafes) is a local treasure free to explore. Having starred in “Batman – The Dark Knight Rises” as Wayne Manor, it is no stranger to celebrity!

Greens Mill and Science Centre – a short walk from the city centre in Sneinton. This restored nineteenth century mill was the family business of local mathematical physicist and autodidact George Green. It also houses a Science Centre and community garden.

Robin Hood StatueRobin Hood Tour – Nottingham’s most famous son offers historic tours of Nottingham the city – a great way to get an historic glimpse at the city.

If you enjoy gaming of any description, Nottingham is a great city for you! The home of Games Workshop, you can visit their HQ Warhammer World, a 20 minute walk from campus. In the town centre there is also the Ludorati Boardgame Café with 750 board games to choose from. If cats are more your thing Nottingham also boasts a Kitty café where rescue cats and cakes collide!

St Mary the Virgin church - The oldest in Nottingham, it is a Grade 1 listed medieval building and located in the Lace Market.

Adjacent to the University Park Campus:


Sneinton Market Avenues – is a refurbished local market just east of the city centre. It hosts a variety of independent traders, cafes and creatives with regular weekend markets.

Five Leaves Bookshop - Local independent bookshop with a wide array of fiction, poetry and political books located in a lane off Long Row.

Lace Market and Hockley - Once the hub of the world’s lace trade, the Lace Market and adjacent Hockley are now packed with restaurants, bars and shops. Worth a visit for the Victorian architecture alone!

The Visit Nottinghamshire website has details about other shopportunities in the city.

Coffee Shop signFood and Drink

The city centre offers a wide range of places to eat and drink:

  • 200° Coffee - A local coffee roaster which has grown into a local chain of coffee shops with several dotted around the east midlands.
  • Annie’s Burger Shack – Another Nottingham institution this Rhode Island inspired burger restaurant has a huge array of burgers (with vegetarian, vegan versions and a separate gluten minimal menu) in the historic Lace Market.
  • Delilah Fine Foods – This Deli sells an array of treats, as well as serving food and coffee until 7pm.
  • The Alley Café – Vegetarian and vegan cafe in the city centre is a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy vegetarian classics.
  • Yamas – this Mediterranean meze and tapas bar in the city centre offers a delicious range of food.
  • The Pudding Pantry – Perfect for the sweet-toothed among us, this café in the town centre specialises in sweets though afternoon tea is also an option! Open later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is no need to miss out!
  • Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem - This historic inn, a stone’s throw from Nottingham Castle, has a warren of rooms and nooks (and cellars!), serving pub fare with a modern twist.

In Beeston, the area close to the University, there are a good selection of cafes and restaurants:

  • The Victoria Hotel – adjacent to Beeston train station this Victorian pub offers a selection of ales and a menu of diverse food with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
  • Café Roya – A little further out on Wollaton Road, this vegetarian restaurant has a frequently changing menu with a nice variety of dishes.
  • White Lion Bar and Kitchen – On Middle street this gastropub has a mix of Brazilian and traditional pub food, as well as cocktails and more classic ales!

The Visit Nottinghamshire website has a full list of food and drink options in the city.

Das KinosBars and Nightlife

Nottingham has a vast array of bars, clubs, comedy and live music. The Visit Nottinghamshire website has information on various places and we have listed a handful below.

If you fancy combining cocktails, ping pong and pizza Das Kino on Fletcher Gate is the pace for you! If you prefer some mystique in your cocktail experience the Boilermaker, a “secret bar” behind an old boiler shop façade in fashionable Hockley, has an amazingly innovative menu and is a local staple. The third in the cocktail hat trick is House of Coco Tang, Vietnamese themed coffee shop and bakery by day/kitchen, cocktail bar and club by night, this venue has something for any time of night or day!

If you are looking for an evening of entertainment Theatre Royal Concert Hall shows a variety of theatre, comedy and music. Nottingham’s independent Broadway Cinema in Hockley shows a range of films and talks, as well as bars and food with a view over Hockley.

For a more lively evening Rock City is a Nottingham institution and hosts live bands and club nights for rock lovers in the city centre.

If you are not a rock fan fear not! The Bodega Social Club in Hockley hosts gigs and club nights featuring a diverse range of musicians and The Maze on Mansfield Road also has a range of acts including poets, pub quizzes and bands in a wealth of genres.


© All images on this page supplied by The University of Nottingham

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