Nottingham is an unassuming, yet quietly eclectic and often radical city in the English midlands, with bounds of charm, history and cultural significance that belies its relatively small size. As immortalised in folklore, along with nearby Sherwood Forest, in the universally-renowned story of Robin Hood, this rebellious spirit still exists tangibly in the city today. Fittingly, Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature, thanks to local writers such as Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Stanley Middleton. Across the arts, Nottingham has repeatedly nurtured trailblazers; director Shane Meadows (This is England), activist Ken Coates and bands like Sleaford Mods and Iron Maiden all have their roots in Nottingham. The city is home to world-class musical venues, like Rock City and Stealth, as well as numerous smaller community-driven collectives, cafes and studios that provide a homely setting to hear music, take in art and indulge your taste buds. Nottingham has a vibrant town centre and buzzing, diverse nightlife, boosted by a large student population. It’s also taken strong steps towards ensuring the safety of its inhabitants - since 2018, women have been able to step outside confidently without fear of harassment, after Nottingham Council became the first in the UK to make sexual harassment a punishable offence, with seemingly effective results.
It’s also a rewarding city for tourists by day. Nottingham Castle sits proudly in the city centre, although it’s technically more of a stately home than a moat-and-ramparts style castle. There are a variety of quirky museums, such as the National Videogame Arcade, in which you can easily while away the time playing long-forgotten and iconic video games on rare consoles. The Robin Hood Legacy is also an affordable must-see space that brings the Robin Hood exhibition to life through exhibitions and interactive displays. For those more sympathetic to the plight of Hood’s nemesis, King Richard, the National Justice Museum traces the fascinating history of Britain’s penal system from the 1780s until modern day. Once you have worked up an appetite, the COSMO Authentic World Kitchen offers pan-Asian and other global cuisine, often in an all-you-can-eat format, which makes it perfect if you have lots of hungry mouths to feed.
If the weather is pleasant enough, you can relax in Victoria Park. Bring a ball with you and you’ll be recreating history – local team Notts County are the oldest fully professional football team in the world and it’s possible that the first registered, professional games of the sport once occurred in green spaces across the city.
A car rental in Nottingham is a convenient choice, as it easily allows for exploration of Sherwood Forest or other nearby cities like Manchester and Birmingham. Book now with Auto Europe and enjoy the benefit of our fantastic relationships with the best car rental suppliers in Nottingham. We’ve been brokering car rental deals since 1954 and are proud to have been making it easier for people to explore the world at their leisure.
Nottingham is situated close to England’s main artery, the M1, and internally has a navigable and sensible road system, with a handy partial bypass known as Western Boulevard and Valley Road. Predictably, traffic around the entrance to the M1 and on the bypass can be busy at rush hour, so if returning your car hire to Nottingham around rush hour following a day trip to Wollaton Hall or further afield, please account for longer journey times. Parking is relatively hassle-free, with a variety of car parks across the city, many of which can be pre-paid to allow for seamless arrivals and departures. Some car parks provide 24-hour services at the low cost of around £4..
Nottingham is situated in the heart of the English midlands, equidistant from northern Sheffield and Birmingham in the south. The Peak District National Park is only a short, 20 mile drive to the west.
Nottingham Airport is situated 14 miles south-west of the city centre, known as East Midlands Airport. It also serves Derby and Leicester locally. It’s a happily medium-sized airport (11th busiest in the UK), which makes for a very pleasant customer experience. If returning a car hire from Nottingham to the airport, a popular route is via the M1, which should take around 30 minutes with good traffic conditions. Non-stop flights are available to over 50 destinations, both domestically and across Europe, including Berlin, Budapest, Ibiza, Prague and Rome.
East Midlands Airport (EMA)
Address: Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA, UK
Website: Nottingham East Midlands Airport
Telephone: +44 871 919 9000
BP and Moto both have petrol stations very close to the airport, just at the entrance to the M1.
Nottingham has several modes of public transport, including buses, trams and trains. Buses reach most parts of the city and suburbs, while the trams run on three separate routes that cover a large amount of the most visited locations. Travel cards are available that either work for trams alone or for a combination of these modes of transport. Taxis also run 24/7; however the more affordable public transport network has most destinations covered.
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