6 Iconic Places to Visit in Nottingham on a Budget

Famous by the name ‘Queen of the Midlands’ and once used to be the home of the legendary figure Robin Hood of the Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, a county town of Nottinghamshire, is the melting pot of culture, history, education, and art.

With the presence of three eminent universities–Nottingham Trent University, The University of Law, and The University of Nottingham, and multiple affordable options for student housing in Nottingham, almost 62000 students worldwide come every year to study while relishing every inch of their time in this lovely countryside.

There is a multitude of tourist sites you can travel to without breaking your banks to enjoy. And to help you with that, here are six iconic student-friendly places to spend your ideal English vacation in this scenic beauty.

Old Market Square

The second-largest city square in the UK after London’s famous Trafalgar Square is a popular spot for both local and international tourists.

The Old Market Square is a hub of various shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and more, with fun local events, exhibitions, fairs and concerts happening all around the year. The public square, situated in the heart of Nottingham City Centre, also houses the Nottingham Tourism Centre where you can ask for assistance, in case you need it.

The Lace Market

Once used to be the heart of the world’s lace industry during the British Empire, this historic quarter-mile square area of Nottingham is now a protected legacy and serves majorly as a tourist attraction.

The Lace Market, which is also adjacent to Hockley and a quick walk from the Old Market Square, is an amazing place characterized by 19th-century industrial architecture where you can find a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants to binge with your friends and family.

Wollaton Hall

A 16th-century Elizabethan-style country house set on 500 acres of a hill in Wollaton Park in Nottingham and has a deer herd in its surrounding parkland. This impressive mansion now houses Nottingham Natural History Museum with 750,000 objects in its collection and Nottingham Industrial Museum in the outbuildings.

Students living in the accommodation near Nottingham University can always come here on their days off to relax as there are two on-site cafés and a gift shop.

The mansion is used for massive events such as festivals, rock concerts and, in 2012, also served as the setting for the movie The Dark Knight Rises.

City of Caves

A prominent attraction among tourists with over 500 sandstone caves hidden beneath the streets of Nottingham holds the reputation to be the UK’s largest network of caves and has been used for centuries for defence and storage.

The city of caves might seem a little intimidating at first, but they are an excellent source to learn about the country’s social history. You can take a tour to witness fascinating underground dwellings that thousands of people once used to seek shelter during World War II.

Nottingham Castle

The striking Castle, which sits atop Castle Rock with cliffs 40-metre-high to the south and west dominating the skyline, is a once-fortified fort later replaced by a Georgian-era mansion.

During the middle ages, it was an occasional regal residence and a significant royal fortress. The Castle was demolished in 1651, and later in the 1670s, a new one was constructed on the site by William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

The palace was once again destroyed by rioters in 1831 and rebuilt in the 1870s to accommodate the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum and The Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The Castle went for a significant refurbishment in 2018 and reopened in 2021.

Nottingham Castle is famous for its bronze statues of Robin Hood and his merry men. So if you want to revisit history, it is the perfect place to begin with.

Green’s Windmill and Science Centre

A historic 19th-century tower windmill in Sneinton was once the home of renowned scientist and mathematician George Green. He built the windmill in 1807. Here, you can witness the scenic views across the Trent Valley and learn how to make flour traditionally.

Tragically, it was damaged by fire in 1947 but later restored in the 1980s, and since then, it has been a popular attraction amongst locals and tourists as a museum and Science Centre.

It is free to visit, and students often come to the area from their student accommodation in Nottingham to learn about George Green’s work and be involved in fun experiments and activities.

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Author: Harshita A (Content Writer at AmberStudent)

Harshita A, a postgraduate in English Journalism and a graduate in Hotel Management. She has worked in diverse industries and with people from all walks of life. Her well-rounded experience kindled her curiosity to constantly learn new things about the world and write passionately about them.

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