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City of Robin Hood, Caves and Lace

Nottingham is at the centre of England and consequently, in this small island country, is the farthest city from the sea. The River Trent runs through the city and underneath the city's buildings there are extensive networks of sandstone caves.

Most foreign visitors are attracted here by the legend of Robin Hood. Most English visitors are attracted by the city's vibrant nightlife and shops.

The Biggest, the Oldest and the Smallest

Nottingham is a city of record-breakers. It is the fastest growing city in England. It has the highest number of pubs per thousand people of any city in Britain. It also has the highest murder rate.

The Old Market Square is the biggest town square in Europe, Nottingham's Goose Fair is Britain's biggest and oldest travelling fair, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is the country's oldest pub, Notts County is the oldest professional football club in the world and Screen Room is the world's smallest cinema.

But, to cap it all, it is the home of the legendary Mat Hand. Who? You may ask. Well, he is currently the holder of no less than four world records! He completed the world's longest table tennis rally, flipped the most beer mats, ate the most peas in three minutes with a cocktail stick and ate the most grapes with a plastic spoon. Yes, he really does hold the official Guinness world records for both grape-eating AND pea-eating. Who knows? If you visit Nottingham, even if you can't meet Robin Hood, you might meet Mat Hand!

Home of the People of Snot

The original name of the city was Snotingaham, as this was where, in the seventh century, the Saxon leader Snot and his followers settled. The legend of Robin Hood developed in the medieval period. There is considerable evidence that there was a real Robin Hood - possibly more than one- but untangling fact from fiction still proves difficult. After visiting the various Robin Hood related sites in and around the city, you can make up your mind.

In the seventeeth century, King Charles I raised his standard here to start the English Civil War. In the nineteeenth century, the Nottingham lace industry developed and was responsible for much of the development of the city, especially the famous Lace Market area.

Recently, there was talk of making Nottingham the national sports capital, as it has a central location and some of the best sports facilities in the country. The National Water Sports Centre and the National Ice Centre are both in Nottingham. Nottingham Tennis Centre has hosted many major competitions, including the finals of the Federation Cup. Trent Bridge is one of the most famous international cricket venues in the world. Nottingham Forest Football Club were twice champions of Europe.

  • Last visit to Nottingham: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    Thanks Ian, I'm taking your tips on board when I visit at the end of the month

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    Wonderful places to visit! Thanks for your description, Ian! ~ Take care ~

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    ahh, now your looking at a real city !

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    On my way to England and doing a bit of research...your pages are very interesting and helpful...thanks and cheers

  • northeast80's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2007 at 1:39 AM

    Woah, I do have a long way to go....great page Ian. I'll be back to read more, off to work now. Emma.

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2006 at 2:25 PM

    Hi again Ian- as a Notts Lass, I'm looking 4ward 2 reading these pages- But- I'm trying to email u re M'kesh updates, but VT kaput!I'll try l8er! Sue x

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    May 31, 2006 at 7:55 AM

    Flying Ace's, smallest cinema, first video, flashy IR buildings...looks like plenty to do and see there. The things you learn.. Well it made interesting reading. One of my English Language students is Korean, imagine coming to Hungary to learn English!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2006 at 11:45 AM

    Ahh haa, shades of Robin Hood and much more - the hermit in me really likes those caves. Will return to see more. Ciao, Carol

  • FRONA's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 6:26 AM

    This brings back nice memories! Wow I wish the weather was so good when I was there! Yes, Notts Uni. 1999. How is that new huge shopping center/movies they were building? I think its time I pay Notts a visit! :)

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