Nottinghamshire County, an East Midland county of England, is characterised by parkland and woodlands that were Lord Byron and DH Lawrence’s inspiration and the haunt of Robin Hood. It has a rich and diverse heritage with legendary heroes and innovations that helped change the world. Nottingham, a city in the county, has been named a Science City because of its role as a noted research centre, its technical foundation and its scientific legacy. It is also a centre for learning with its two universities.
On the northeast of Nottinghamshire is University Park, the main campus of the University of Nottingham. Boots, UK’s leading retail and pharmaceutical company has headquarters in Beeston, a town of Nottinghamshire.
Food and shopping
Nottinghamshire is famous for its international cuisine. It crawls with restaurants bars and cafes. It boasts of Sat Bains, a two Michelin -starred fine dining restaurant as well as Chino Latino, World Service, Hart’s and Tom Brown. It also has a developing curry quarter where Cumin, Calcutta Club and MemSaab are found as well as the casual, family oriented restos such as Cosmo. There are also a lot of places where patrons can savour tapas such as Baresca, Revolución de Cuba, Escabeche and Iberico World Tapas. In addition to all these fabulous eating places, there is an abundance of food and drinks festivals which are held all year round, one of which is the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival.
Nottingham is reputed to having led the way when it comes to fashion and style, and a shopping reputation to match. The city is the home of Sir Paul Smith, the design royalty of the UK. Nottingham’s unique architecture is overflowing with a vibrant mix of exclusive and stylish retailers. There are streets lined with high-end and speciality stores, the newly renovated Intu shopping centre and nationally acknowledged independent stores for everyone to explore.
Where to stay
In Nottinghamshire, there is accommodation available to suit all tastes and budgets all over the county. Even for guests travelling on a tight budget, there are excellent hostels open all year round, while for visitors accustomed to luxury and opulence, there are spa or boutique hotels to satisfy their fancy. For family holidays, there are pleasure canal boats or barges to navigate Nottinghamshire’s waterways leisurely while a taste of country living can be experienced at a Bed and Breakfast or a Farm Stay Cottage. IN Nottinghamshire, guests are assured of a warm welcome, and a quality stays all year round.
Things to do and see
At Nottinghamshire, there are plenty of stuff to discover and do every season of the year. There is the great outdoors with the fascinating Sherwood Forest and a delightful network of caves The Sherwood Forest, the home of the fictional character, Robin Hood, is a favourite tourist destination not only in Nottinghamshire but the whole of England. The county is also known for its beautiful scenery and historical sites.
In the city of Nottingham, the most popular attraction is the Nottingham Castle perched on top of the Castle Rock which contains an impressive selection of attraction inside its walls. Housed inside the castle are various museums and art galleries – for paintings, silver glasses, and armours – along with the statue of Robin Hood, a medieval playground on its grounds and a traditional English pub called “Ye Olde Trippe to Jerusalem.” The best way to explore the Nottinghamshire County and spend a fruitful and enjoyable vacation is to hire a self-drive rental van.