Spring into Nottingham and Explore these Fabulous Events...
Old Market Square
Nottingham's old city center boasts several important tourist attractions. It's here that you'll find Old Market Square, the largest such public space in England and home to the Nottingham Tourism Centre, an important first stop before exploring the city.
Galleries of Justice Museum
Galleries of Justice Museum in the city's former court and jailhouse. In use since 1780, highlights of the museum include its courtrooms and a jail that dates from the 14th century, as well as fascinating exhibits relating to matters of crime and punishment (be sure to check out the displays about Robin Hood).
Nottingham Castle affords excellent views of the town and is notable for its bronze statues of Robin Hood and his merry men by Nottingham-born sculptor James Woodford. Destroyed in 1651 by Parliamentary forces, the original castle was replaced by an Italian-style palace belonging to the Duke of Newcastle that's now home to two great museums: the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, with its impressive collection of medals and regimental uniforms,
and the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
Part of the University of Nottingham, Highfields Park is a splendid 52-acre green space full of exotic plants and trees. Fun things to do here include boating, walking, picnicking, lawn bowls, croquet, and putting. Children can burn off steam in the play area, and the Lakeside Arts Centre stages special events.
Great Central Railway
Chugging along some 10 miles of track between Ruddington Fields station to East Leake and Loughborough, the Great Central Railway makes an excellent excursion when visiting Nottingham. Highlights of this heritage railway include a number of fully restored steam and diesel train engines and rolling stock, as well as fully functioning workshops, vintage buses, a café, and shops.
An easy 20-minute drive north of Nottingham is Newstead Abbey, the former family home of poet Lord Byron, whose tomb is in Newstead parish church. It was originally an Augustinian abbey founded in 1170 by Henry II, and many of the original structures can still be seen, including the west front of the church, the refectory, the chapterhouse (now a chapel), and the cloisters. Byron's rooms have been preserved as they were in his lifetime, with many of his mementos on display. Be sure to also explore the lovely garden, with its many old and rare trees, as well as the Japanese, formal, and tropical gardens, and lakes and streams in the abbey grounds.