Traditionally associated with the folklore of Robin Hood, Nottingham is one of the most popular tourist cities in the UK. The local economy has been built around the lace and coal mining trades. However, significant investment has allowed for the development of shopping centres and cultural venues in recent years. Now you're encouraged to book city accommodation and make the most of your time in Nottingham with one of the many available serviced apartments.
Those of you with a keen interest in history should begin with a tour of Nottingham castle. This grand structure was originally built as an essential means of defence for the city. However, it was replaced with a grand ducal mansion subsequent to the English civil war. Members of the aristocracy lived here until 1875 when the castle was transformed into a municipal art gallery and museum. Visitors are able to view the military artefacts and great paintings during guided tours. However, it is worth leaving time to explore the labyrinth and air raid shelter in the city of caves.
If you're keen to keep the kids entertained then it would be worth taking the Robin Hood tour. The knowledgeable guides will provide an enjoyable overview of the major sites and tales involving Nottingham's most famous figure. You could make the short trip to Sherwood Forest and observe the major oak hideaway, which features in many of the popular stories. It may even be tempting to spend the afternoon zooming along the zip wires and swinging from the trees at the Go Ape adventure centre.
True thrill seekers can look forward to kayaking, canoeing and wakeboarding at the Holme Pierrepoint national water sports centre. It's also possible to have a go at paint-balling and quad biking in the rural areas of Nottinghamshire. Alternatively you could watch one of the spectacular ice-skating performances at the national ice centre.
You might be interested to hear that there are a variety of fine dining options in Nottingham. You can take your choice from Indian, Spanish or English cuisine. You might even like to round the evening off with a locally sourced ale or two at the local pubs.
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