Nottingham is a charming city with lots of character. Being the home of Robin Hood and once famous for its lace industry, there’s lots that make this city interesting to explore. It’s not just a great place to study due to its highly ranked universities. With many things to do and see it’s a top choice for those thinking of studying here. For those who’ve already secured their place, we’ve put together a list of just some of the fun things to do to help you get settled into the city.
Robin Hood Town Tour Learn all about the world-famous legend of Robin Hood right in his home town. On the guided tour you’ll be taken round the city by Robin who’ll tell the story and history of Nottingham, while showing you all the best the city has to offer. End the tour with a drink at Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem the oldest pub in the country!
Be transported back in time by visiting Nottingham Castle ‘The Castle of Curious Rebels’. Their tours and experiences will take you to medieval times through their interactive galleries, where you can also try out your virtual archery skills. Or dare to explore the underground caves of the castle featured on BBC Radio Nottingham’s ‘Notorious Nottingham’ series. If you’re wanting a souvenir to take back home, then stop by the visitor’s centre where you’ll find a unique selection of products from the city’s artisan makers.
Nottingham was famous for its lace production across the globe, and you can visit Lace Market which is one of the oldest areas of the city. Now a part of the Creative Quarter and home to fashion boutiques, independent businesses, bars and restaurants. Try out some food form the popular Annie's Burger Shack or a drink from The Lacehouse cocktail bar.
National Justice Museum & The City of Caves
Take a look around the National Justice Museum found in the Lace Market area, where you can learn all about social justice and the history of the city through the ancient cells. Or venture into the extraordinary underground world through the City of Caves tour.
If you’re looking for a quirkier bohemian vibe, take a wonder around Hockley. Also part of the creative quarter, you’ll find vintage clothing, boutiques, book shops and more. There’s a great selection of cafes and restaurants in the area with charming bars hidden down alleyways such as the Bodega Secret Garden and The Hockley Arts Club. The area hosts various events such as Pride and the annual Hockley Hustle music and arts festival that will be back on in October 2022.
Rock City If you’re needing a break from your studies, take a look at what’s on at Rock City. Nottingham’s favourite venue for live shows and nights out. Make sure to check out their student night TUNED with 2-4-1 drinks every Thursday night.
Nottingham Contemporary View the latest exhibition at Nottingham contemporary. Said to be “the most inspiring gallery in the UK” by (Guardian). The iconic building is a piece of art in itself and is one of the largest contemporary art institutions in the UK, hosting stimulating international art exhibitions that are free for everyone! If you’re interested in art, society and culture this is well worth a visit.
Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Watch a Panthers game at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, the proud home of the city’s ice hockey team the Nottingham Panthers. The season runs from August - April each year and you can get a discounted student ticket! The venue also hosts other sporting events as well as concerts with artists performing such as Ne-Yo, George Ezra, Jake Bugg and more!
Our properties Archer House and Castle Gate Haus are both located in the heart of the city centre. Just minutes from the popular areas and with easy access to Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. Take a look at our properties or get in touch to arrange a viewing!