Nottingham is famous for Robin Hood, but it is the lace industry and the endless tunnels of sandstone caves which the city was built on, economically and physically. Today, traces of all three can be found.
Nottingham Castle, with its much-photographed Robin Hood statue alongside, provides a focal point for stories of battles and sieges. The Lace Market Heritage Trail, narrated by Joanna Lumley, starts at the Galleries of Justice Museum and winds its way through the narrow, cobbled streets of the historic district. Cave tours, provided at the Castle and the City of Caves attraction, take you down through a labyrinth of tunnels, used previously for dwelling, now only as a cool storage space for numerous pubs and bars.
Wherever you go in the compact and easily-navigable city centre of Nottingham, you will be presented with not only reminders of its history and origins, but also with icons of the recent past, such as the statue of footballing hero Brian Clough, and its cultural importance today, seen in the Royal Centre, Exchange House and Nottingham Playhouse.
For sports aficionados, Nottingham is home to the two historic football clubs Nottingham Forest and Notts County, as well Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, who play at the world-famous Trent Bridge stadium. The National Ice Centre and National Watersports Centre are situated in Nottingham, while the Nottingham Tennis Centre hosts prestigious events annually.
Further afield, plentiful parks and stately manors dot the countryside of Nottinghamshire, from Wollaton Hall to Belvoir Castle. This also includes Newstead Abbey, where you can marvel at the erstwhile residence of the great poet Lord Byron. Another literary great, D. H. Lawrence, was also based in the county, and you can follow in his footsteps at the heritage centre in Eastwood.
Just for good measure, Nottinghamshire is also home to many famous items, such as the Bramley apple, HP Sauce, and the Raleigh Chopper, to name but a few!
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