Nottingham is a remarkably similar city to Liverpool in that it has a thriving music scene, great clubs and enough places of interest to never seem dull. However, Nottingham boasts a unique history of its own which serves to generate the friendly atmosphere you experience when visiting the city. Here are my tips for the best things to do and see whilst staying in Nottingham.


1. Live Music
Nottingham has a broad music scene where all genres, no matter how obscure, are represented. The popular venue Rock City is due to host rock bands such as Lower Than Atlantis and Bowling For Soup this year. If you’d prefer a calmer vibe, then the Rescue Rooms might be your thing. This much-loved club has hosted folk luminary Seth Lakeman amongst other acoustic acts. However, the club has also hosted noisier acts such as The Killers and Calvin Harris. Every taste is catered for!

2. Pubs and Bars

For those real ale connoisseurs, the 900 year old Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem pub is impressive. It’s situated underneath Nottingham Castle, making the setting very cosy and charming. The pub serves wonderful, affordable food and they serve a beer which is named after the pub; ‘Olde Trip’.

If lively nightlife is more your thing then nightclubs such as Bodega and The Forum continue to be a popular choice for students, alongside the legendary Ocean and aforementioned Rock City with cheap drinks and a variety of good music played throughout the night.

3. Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle is steeped in history and folklore. Buy a discounted student ticket and wander through the building, which contains a museum on Nottingham history. Afterwards, visit the statue of Robin Hood outside the castle and have the obligatory tourist picture taken with the man himself!

4. Restaurants

If you’re looking for a fancy meal out then I highly recommend the Soulville Steakhouse. The restaurant has a soul-music theme- there is Motown memorabilia on the walls, Rhythm and Blues playing in the background and even your table is named after a soul singer!

5. Wollaton Hall

Fancy pretending you’re Batman for the day? Head down to Wollaton Hall, just a bus ride from the city centre, and look around the house that was used in the recent Batman trilogy. The only let down is that you won’t find Michael Caine inside, just a museum!