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Nottingham is said to be known as the Queen of the Midlands and is also known for many great inventions such as Raleigh bicycles, with ties to industries such as lace-making and as of October 2015, is the “Home of English Sport” with athletes such as Rebecca Adlington and Lee Westwood being from the city.
Rich in heritage and tradition, walking around Nottingham certainly affirms this as the city is a mix of old and new. Wonderfully classic gems such as Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem and the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall to striking new hot spots such as the Cornerhouse and the Victoria Intu Centre.
It’s not just about the city life, Nottingham also has many country parks such as Sherwood Forest, Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey, meaning if you want a relaxing weekend, why not visit a country park? Or if a shopping spree is more your thing, the city centre has everything you need.
There are many primary and secondary schools with an ofsted rating of “good” or “outstanding” within the Nottinghamshire area. For a lot of parents, the quality and rating of schools can really impact where they choose to live. So we advise doing your research if your child is about to start school to see which areas in Nottingham appeal to you from both a school and an area perspective.
And with many higher educational schools such as The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham has a lot of students from various cities and countries that come here to do their studies. Especially because The University of Nottingham is a top 20 university in the U.K.
As mentioned, Nottingham is rich in heritage and has a lot of iconic places such as the Nottingham Castle, one of the oldest pubs in the U.K – The Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem and domestic home, Newstead Abbey for which housed famous poet and politician Lord Byron.
In contrast, there is much entertainment in and around the city from numerous cinemas, restaurants and sports teams from Nottingham Panthers ice hockey to football teams Nottingham Forest and Notts County.
Forest of which won the European Cup twice in the 70s through then manager, Brian Clough whose statue was paid for by fans and stands in the city centre of Nottingham.
Nottingham has many high street shops from Boots and Primark to even being the main location for Sir Paul Smith designer clothes. And with the Victoria Intu centre, Broadmarsh centre and The Exchange Arcade, there’s plenty of shops for Christmas shopping or other occasions.
And every year there is a Christmas market that boasts the best local food stalls with entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Transportation / Commuting / Public Transport
Nottingham has its own train station which is very central and gives commuters access to the surrounding areas as well as further a field. There is a city tramline which also helps people commute to and from work for those who live in the city centre.
Aside from that there are busses, taxis and Uber rides available for people wanting to get in and out of Nottingham.
As a city, Nottingham is very accessible whether that’s by public transport or by car, getting in and around the city is very simple to navigate and with many car parks, its easy to find a spot to park to enjoy the city’s benefits.