Welcome to Nottingham! You have chosen a fantastic city to study in. Nottingham has so much to offer and you really do need to make the most of your time here! Apart from studying, you should visit the local area, keep active, meet new friends and focus on making your time in Nottingham a special one.
Firstly, learn about the local history.
Did you know that there are over 800 caves under Nottingham? You can visit some of them at the City of Caves which is located under Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. The caves were used in very interesting ways. You can still see an ancient city street under there. Many of Nottingham’s pubs and bars use the caves as cellars today. We are constantly finding more and more caves.
The Lace Market is full of history but many are not aware. The Lace Market used to be made up of very large houses with huge gardens but they were demolished to make way for the lace factories. Traditionally, there were more women in Nottingham than men as many women worked in the lace industry. Conditions in the factories were often poor, workers worked long hours and young children were working in extremely dangerous conditions. If you walk around the area, you will find pulleys that were used to transport the materials up to the top floors from the horse and carts as well as impressive door frames demonstrating the importance of the lace trade to the local economy. Visit the Park Tunnel and the Park Steps in The Park behind the castle. Even locals don’t know these exist.
Quieter spots of Nottingham
Studying can be stressful at times, especially during exam periods. Find places to chill out, know where your local park is, go to the river or the canal. There are many beautiful parks in Nottingham. Chill out at Wollaton Park, the Arboretum, Victoria Park, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Rufford Country Park, Highfields Park (Uni of Nottingham), Newstead Abbey gardens, the Embankment, Trent Lock and many more places!
Get Out of Nottingham
Don’t just visit Nottingham but the surrounding areas. Newark boasts a stunning castle on the river and has a historical market place. Climb Steep Hill in Lincoln and enjoy the views from the castle walls. Visit the countryside. Catch the Red Arrow bus to Derby, just thirty minutes away. If need to de-stress, go to Ashford in the Water and join the Monsal Trail. An old disused railway line that gives you the opportunity to walk over viaducts and through tunnels. Walk along Cromford Canal. Feel like a princess at Chatsworth House. Stroll around Ladybower reservoir or Carsington Water. Have a pint at the Abbey Pub at Darley Abbey.
Experiment with hangout spots.
Part of being at university is having a great social life. Find out where the cool places are. In Nottingham, you are spoilt for choice. If you fancy a drink in a cave, you can visit the Lost Caves bar, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Ye Olde Salutation Inn (ask to go downstairs), The Hand on Heart and Raglan Road. We even have a pub in a church (Pitcher and Piano) as well as a pub in an old canal museum (The Canal House). There are many great beer gardens to enjoy: Pitcher and Piano, The Navigation Inn, Another Wine Bar and Sir John Borlase Warren. If you want a cool quirky cocktail bar, try Tier, Calluna, Alto, JuiceBar, Hockley Arts Club or the Walrus. For great drink offers, try Cucamaras, Oz Bar, Revolution, O’Neill’s and the Bodega. Nottingham is full of yummy places to eat. If you want offers for local cafes and bars, sign up to The Notts Food app. They will send you offers daily. Groupon and Tastecard have some great offers if you often go out for food.
Enjoy your time in Nottingham!
By Danielle Boaler.
Danielle is an Alumni Fellow. You can find out more about how to get involved with the Alumni Fellowship Programme here