Living in Nottingham
What is life like in Nottingham?
Nottingham is one of the UK’s largest and most vibrant cities, set in the heart of the East Midlands and within easy reach of Derby, Leicester and Birmingham.
It is a cultural hotspot that attracts visitors from around the UK and abroad, with its shopping scene renowned as one of the most comprehensive in the country. It also has a wide choice of restaurants and bars designed to suit every taste.
With a similarly impressive selection of museums and galleries, as well as two professional football clubs and one of England’s top Test match cricket venues, there is plenty of entertainment on offer in Nottingham.
Of course, Nottingham’s greatest claim to fame is its link to Robin Hood and the nearby Sherwood Forest. This remains a popular place for people to visit and is the ideal spot for a day out.
Within Nottingham itself, there is a good range of all types of property, from modern city apartments to family homes and larger properties.
Nottingham was once part of the Kingdom of Mercia, before it was captured by the Vikings in 867. One of the city’s most famous monuments - the castle - was built in the 11th century and a new Anglo-Saxon settlement soon included a town hall and courts.
The textile industry became the backbone of Nottingham by the time of the Industrial Revolution, and it quickly became known as the centre of lace manufacture.
However, this industry fell into decline following World War II and lace manufacture slowly moved away from Nottingham, although many of the buildings are still in use having been restored for a new purpose.
Entertainment, sport and days out
There is plenty going on in Nottingham and a number of attractions to enjoy. For starters, the historic Nottingham Castle is well worth a visit, with the building featuring its own museum that provides a fascinating insight into the history of Nottingham.
City of Caves is another of the area’s top attractions, with its network of caves that tell an intriguing story. They have previously been used as a tannery, public house cellars and air raid shelters.
Wollaton Park is a beautiful rural retreat within the city, and also boasts the magnificent Wollaton Hall within its grounds. It is a wonderful place for people to relax, either by taking a wintry walk or by soaking up the summer sun.
Another great green location is the famous Sherwood Forest Country Park, which is situated just to the north of Nottingham. It is home to the historic Sherwood, a major oak that was said to be the hideout of Robin Hood.
Some of the city’s premier art galleries can be found within a short distance of each other, such as the Nottingham Contemporary and The Angel Row Gallery.
Nottingham is a keen sporting city and there are plenty of opportunities to play or watch. Trent Bridge cricket ground is the home of Nottinghamshire CCC and one of England’s home grounds, while Nottingham Forest FC and Notts County FC are based in the city.
Tennis fans should head to the Nottingham Tennis Centre, which hosts the Nottingham Open each year in the run-up to Wimbledon. People can also utilise the facilities on offer at the National Ice Centre if they fancy a spot of ice skating.
Eating, drinking & shopping
Perhaps Nottingham’s most famous pub, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is below the castle and is thought to have been built in 1189. Another place everybody should enjoy a drink or two is the Canal House pub, which offers a beautiful waterside vantage.
Nottingham is also blessed with a plethora of high-quality restaurants. These include French Living and Chai Yo, which are incredibly popular with both locals and visitors.
More expensive options include Hart’s Restaurant and Restaurant Sat Bains, where people are assured of a meal to remember.
There are two large shopping centres in Nottingham - Broadmarsh and The Victoria Centre. The latter is the more modern option for those seeking retail therapy and features many of the UK’s favourite high street names, while the former has ambitious plans for redevelopment and could soon be a similarly impressive facility.
Alternatively, shoppers should head to some of the main shopping streets, such as Lister Gate and Clumber Street.
Hockley Village is at the heart of the city’s Bohemian district and is another area well worth exploring.
Schools & healthcare
As with any large city, Nottingham boasts a wide range of schools and other education facilities. There are dozens of primary and secondary options for parents with children aged between four and 16.
There are also two universities - the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University - that ensure a significant influx of students to the area each year.
Queen’s Medical Centre is one of Nottingham’s major healthcare institutions and offers a full range of treatments and services to patients. It is primarily concerned with emergency cases.
Elsewhere, Nottingham City Hospital is the home of cancer, stroke and heart departments, while Ropewalk House is the primary outpatient facility.
It is incredibly easy to get around Nottingham, as the city boasts one of the most impressive public transport systems anywhere in the UK. It has the largest bus network in England, a mainline station with links to London, the Nottingham Express Transit tram system and East Midlands Airport is just 13 miles away.
Commuters who opt to live in Nottingham while working elsewhere will benefit from the fact the M1 is located nearby, making it simple to head either north or south.