Welcome to Nottingham
The historic county town of Nottingham, situated on the River
Trent in England's East Midlands, is universally known as the home
of the world's first 'superhero', the legendary Robin Hood, who
robbed the rich to give to the poor. Today historians have cast
doubt on whether Robin actually existed, and if he did, whether he
did indeed live in Sherwood Forest near the city and do battle with
the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, as the much-vaunted legend has
What is not in doubt is that Robin has done much to promote
tourism in this ancient city, which boasts another, very real,
unique attraction in the form of a system of sandstone caves
beneath the city, used as dwellings by Anglo-Saxons and later as
the medieval hang-out of thieves and vagabonds, and bomb shelters
during World War II.
Above ground Nottingham is a pleasant, busy English town,
equipped with an impressively large Market Square and thriving
shopping streets around the site of its central Castle Rock, which
is now topped with a Ducal Mansion (the original castle having been
destroyed). Nottingham is also renowned for its 'watering holes',
and three of the local pubs claim to be England's oldest: The Bell,
Old Salutation and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.
From an Anglo-Saxon settlement founded around 600, Nottingham
developed into an important commercial capital for the region
during the Middle Ages, and then went on to become one of England's
major manufacturing cities, producing top quality Victorian lace
and hosiery. Today it is saved from being just another
heterogeneous English county capital by its legends and unique
attractions, making it a city well worth including on the itinerary
of any tour of the British Isles.
Information & Facts
Nottingham's public transport system is currently being
upgraded. At present a comprehensive bus network covers the city.
The central area is pedestrianised and the major attractions can be
covered on foot. Taxis are freely available.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).