Travel to Nottingham – A vibrant city known for iconic folklore and cultural activities
Leave the car at home and take the train to Nottingham. Getting to Nottingham is easy with regular connections from major cities including Sheffield, Leicester and Derby.
Nottingham is a vibrant, modern and green city in the heart of the UK, known for being the home to legends, concealed histories and cultural activities. The city has a good mix of independent bars and restaurants, entertainment and nightlife.
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Nottingham has a host of attractions to explore. At Nottingham Castle you can discover thrilling tales of Robin Hood and the rebellion, explore historic caves, and let their carefully curated art collections and exhibitions inspire you.
At the National Justice Museum , hear captivating true stories come to life within the museum’s original courtrooms, prison cells and dungeons. From experiencing ancient dungeons to engaging with contemporary exhibitions and events, law and justice are brought to life in new and exciting ways.
Unknown to some, Nottingham city centre is home to a huge network of man-made caves that snake below the streets of Nottingham. Download the Nottingham Caves App , and go on a fascinating journey into the past.
Explore the cities key sites and learn all about the famous legend Robin Hood on the multi award winning Robin Hood Town Tour .
Food and drink
Nottingham has a good mix of independent bars and restaurants, as well as your favourite chains. Visit England’s oldest inn, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem . The pub is nestled beneath the cliff of Nottingham’s historic castle and discover the charm that has drawn people to this ancient pub for centuries.
Experience fine dining at Alchemilla , that is known for its emphasis on seasonal ingredients and serves exquisite dishes with layers of original flavour combinations.
Head to Hockley to soak up some of Nottingham’s indie charm, with quirky bars and restaurants. Home to The Hockley Arts Club a three-story speak easy offering experimental cocktails and posh comfort food in their upstairs dining room. In Hockley, you’ll also find The Boilermaker a fun speakeasy, hidden behind a boiler-repair shop.
Music and nightlife
The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall host a range of successful touring productions, offering musicals and drama year-round. Nottingham Playhouse is a fantastic regional theatre, famous for its bold and imaginative productions.
Nottingham Arena is the biggest live entertainment venue in the East Midlands and showcases some of the biggest names in music, comedy, entertainment and sport. Rock City is another popular independent live music venue and hosts talented live artists as well as regular club nights.
Places to stay
Set in the historic Lace Market area of Nottingham you’ll find The Lace Market Hotel , a boutique property offering 42 fully equipped rooms with the finest amenities and a short 10-minute stroll from Nottingham Train Station. Minutes from Nottingham Train Station you’ll find Jurys Inn which boasts modern rooms with spacious bathrooms.
Located centrally is the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is a stunning 4-star city centre hotel. Opposite Nottingham Castle, you’ll find the Park Plaza with comfortable rooms, a Pan Asian restaurant and an 11th floor fitness centre with panoramic views.
Sports and outdoor
In Nottingham you’ll find the iconic City Ground, home to Nottingham Forest Football Club . It’s easily accessible from Nottingham Train Station and would take 20 minutes to walk. Situated around the corner is the world-famous Trent Bridge , which has seen Test Cricket played there for over a century.
In the city centre, there’s Nottingham Ice Centre , home to the Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Team and the GB Short Track Speed Skating squad . You can also take to the ice yourself as public skating sessions take place daily.
Nottingham is surrounded by green space, one of the popular places Wollaton Park . Here you can explore the grounds, spot some wild deer or see one of the many changing exhibitions at the hall.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when shopping in Nottingham, from high street favourites to smaller label stores, vintage shops and independents.
The Victoria Centre is in the heart of the city centre, it has a host of high street brands, stylish stores and great restaurants. The Flying Horse Arcade is the city’s boutique retail destination, where you’ll find an array of independent businesses from fine art, luxury fashion and exceptional food and drink.
If you’re after a mix of independent stores and vintage shops, head to Nottingham’s Creative Quarter in Hockley. This is the best place for finding something a bit different to the norm.
Map of Nottingham
How to find cheap train tickets to Nottingham?
Are you planning your travel in advance? You can buy Advance fares up to 12 weeks before you travel to save more on your train tickets. Travelling as a group of three or more? There are group discounts available too.
Which services run directly to Nottingham?
We run intercity services to Nottingham from London and Leicester, and direct regional services from across our network.
- From London – check trains and buy tickets
- From Leicester – check trains and buy tickets
- From Sheffield – check trains and buy tickets
The train journey between Nottingham and London takes around two hours, with three services running every hour Monday to Saturday.
What facilities are at Nottingham train station?
Nottingham train station has everything you need for a simple, stress-free journey.
- Fully accessible – wheelchair access, assistance to and from platforms, and hearing loops available
- Food and drinks – there are plenty of places to refuel, with coffee shops, bars and shops in the station
- Parking – you’ll find a 24 hour multi-storey car park on nearby Queens Road
- WiFi access – enjoy free internet access on the station
- Local connections – you can get connections on to the Robin Hood Line and Poacher Line