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Weekend Breaks to Nottingham

Planning a short break to Nottingham? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Nottingham. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Nottingham. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Located in Castle Road, William the Conqueror had a hand in building the original fortification in 1068 and this castle was constructed in 1679. The city enjoys a rich history and it is told through the History of Nottingham Gallery which includes rare ceramics, sculpture and paintings.

The original castle's only remaining remains is an underground tunnel (Mortimer's Hole) that leads to the pub, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

For more information visit - www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coun/ department/leisure_com/castle

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

29km to the north of Nottingham off the A614. Probably a must for any visitor to the area and lovers of the Robin Hood legend. The centre takes full advantage of the Merry Men in it's gift section. There are many marked trails telling the story including Edwinstowe church, where he tied the knot with Maid Marion. There is a free exhibition at the centre and also a lovely cafe serving traditional meals.

For info go to: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/leisure/countryparks/sherwoodforestcp/sherwoodvisitorcentre

Brewhouse Yard Museum

At the foot of Castle Rock is this series of 5, 17th century cottages depicting life in Nottingham through the ages in the furnished rooms and shops. Below the houses are a number of cellars cut into the rock of the castle. A nice feature is a high street from about 70 years ago. This will give the visitor a good insight into the towns history.

More information: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/whatson/museums/brewhouse

Robin Hood Festival

Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre, What else would you expect from Nottingham, this annual event is held in August for a week. So if you like your knights in shining armour, medieval fighting skills, jousting competitions, strolling minstrels, juggling and jesting, archery and of course everyone involved wears costume. This fun event ends with a procession through the forest.

For more information go to: www.robinhood.ltd.uk

Newstead Abbey

Take the A60 19km north of the town to the former home of the great British poet Lord Byron, who bought the Abbey in 1540 and it has since been restored in the neo gothic style. Some of Byron's original works are on display in the interesting house. The gracious gardens are a joy and within it's 300 acres are waterfalls, rose gardens, Japanese water garden and a Monk's Stew Pond.

For information visit: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem

1 Brewhouse Yard, Just a subterranium tunnel trip from the Castle. Another claimant for Britain's oldest pub, but it does have an olde English atmosphere. They even have a museum room. As to the tradition they serve real ale mostly from the local brewers Hardy and Hanson and sometimes have a guest ale. Good bar food is served and there is also an upstairs bar.

For more info go to www.greatbeer.co.uk

Dogma

Located in the central city at 9 Byard Lane, The Lace Market. There are 3 levels of great nightlife here and most nights live music can be heard. They have a jazz lunch on Sunday and live jazz at night.Wednesday is for the oldies while the weekends throb with Hip Hop, retro and house etc. The in house restaurant is chic and reasonably priced and they mix a mean cocktail.

See : www.dogmabars.com/NOTTINGHAM

Exchange Arcade

Situated in the heart of the city in the High Street. This is a stylish Victorian shopping centre offering quality ladies fashion. The 13.5 ton Little John Bell chimes on the hour and lends character to the experience. In the same area are plenty of shopping ideas and a dedicated shopper could easily spend the day here.

For info go to www.touchnottingham.com

Fresh

15 Goose Gate, as the name suggests you'll find no sandwiches folding over the crusts here, only the freshest food is offered. The premises encompass a Deli, Juice/Coffee bar and restaurant in one place. Sandwiches, wraps, baguettes, salads and soups to take away from the deli counter, And you will find a fine and clean eatery upstairs. Many organic products and an in-house range.

More info is available at www.freshtogo.co.uk/fresh

The Lace Market Hotel

Situated at 29-31 High Pavement in the perfect position to explore the town. A small privately owned hotel in a lovely old building with lots of character The rooms are all designed individually and are well thought out.

Guests are free to use the health club a stroll away.

This stylish hotel offers specials for short breaks, so come and be absolutely spoiled;

For details please go www.lacemarkethotel.co.uk

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