Nottingham

 

Council House

 

Wollaton Hall

Holme Pierrepont

Robin Hood Statue

Nottingham Castle

Modern Tram

Exchange-arcade

Theatre Royal

 

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

 

Adams Building

Raleigh Industries

 

 

NOTTINGHAM (reproduced from Nottm Post 18/06/2018)

By Marjorie Yue
This modest Midlands city ­certainly packs in the history, from ­legendary hero Robin Hood and a love affair with lace to the oldest inn in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. 

In December 2017 another bit of history was made when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a tour of the city their first official engagement. And it is gearing up for even more star ­treatment in November, when movie Robin Hood with Taron Egerton, is released. ​ 


Walking is the best way to explore the cobbled streets of the Lace Market. And the city’s tram system is a pleasant way of getting around, with some trams named after Nottinghamshire celebs.


Line of Duty star Vicky McClure is one of the most recent, with ice skaters Torvill and Dean, cricketer Stuart Broad and writer DH Lawrence among others.


SHOP TIL YOU DROP

Nottingham is a top shopping ­spot, with a real pedigree. It is home to the first Boots, which opened in 1849 on Goose Gate. In 1933 the first John Lewis outside London opened, while 1970 saw the launch of a Paul Smith’s fashion store.


Look out for craft beers and local cheeses in Flying Horse Walk. 


For quirky fashion​ and boutiques, go to bohemian Hockley in the creative quarter. 


And high street fave Zara is in an impressive Art Nouveau building on Clumber Street.


WHAT TO SEE

Voted the UK’s most haunted building, the Galleries of Justice Museum in the old courthouse and prison reopened last year as the National Justice Museum. 


It showcases a programme of exhibitions, performances and activities proving crime doesn’t pay.


FOR KIDS

There are three fun-filled floors of interactive games and activities where little and big ones can go wild at the National Videogame Arcade. 


It’s the first ­dedicated to video games, from vintage arcades to virtual reality and Minecraft workshops.


SELFIE SPOT

Get a shot with the 7ft bronze statue of the city’s famous outlaw, with bow and arrow primed. He’s been in the shadow of Nottingham Castle since 1952.


DO TRY

Join Robin Hood’s merry band on an entertaining walking tour with the city’s legendary son played by a flamboyant Ade Andrews. 


See the Italian-style exterior of former lace warehouse the Adam and Page building, in the Lace Market district. Lace making was at the heart of the city’s industrial revolution but there’s only one firm left making Nottingham lace, used in Diana’s and Kate’s wedding dresses.


WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

At Broadway, Annie’s Burger Shack flips authentic American Rhode Island burgers – Annie hails from New England. Variations include The Lemmy  (from anniesburgershack)


For a meal out that won’t break the bank, Bistrot Pierre on Milton Street combines classic dishes including steak frites with regional favourites such as tarte flambées.


Reserve a table at exclusive “secret” bar Lost Property for a cocktail. It’s decorated with artfully stacked suitcases.


WHERE TO STAY

The city’s oldest hotel, the Mercure City Centre George Hotel, blends period features with modern design.


WHAT’S HAPPENING

There is very little happening at the moment due to Covid restrictions. The annual Goose Fair which rolls up with 500 attractions at the Forest Recreation Ground (First Thursday in October) sadly was cancelled in 2020

Here in Nottingham we have had our own ‘Dickensian Scrooges’ but thankfully have seen and read more about the numerous acts of philanthropy. In addition to the once family owned business of Boots the Chemist, which is a much admired corporate conglomerate spanning the world, we have the founders of the Raleigh bikes -Richard Morris Woodhead and Paul Eugene Lois Agois, a French citizen who set up what became known as Raleigh Industries.
A much earlier entrepreneur was Thomas Adams, whose name lives on through the magnificent Adams building in Stoney Street within the Lace Market district
The name Birkin, is synonymous with the worldwide emergence of Nottingham’s fine reputation in the manufacture of the much admired Nottingham Lace.
Samuel Morley was an English woollen manufacture, philanthropist,political radical and statesman.
Sir Harry Djanology, Sir Paul Smith and many more modern day businessmen also warrant a place in the local “Hall of Fame”

FOR MORE INFO: click on following link
visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk

 

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