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Nottinghamshire is developing into one of the UK’s most creative cities. Known for its caves and the home of Robin Hood, this central county offers its visitors a vast variety of attractions. Past landmarks such as Nottingham Castle and its Elizabethan Wollaton Hall still stand today and are great places to capture the views of Nottingham. Outside areas of the city that can be explored are the legendary Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park.

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Nottingham Castle

First built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, a magnificent 17th-century ducal mansion now stands on the original site of Nottingham Castle and features spectacular views across the city. In the Middle Ages it was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence. The castle houses a vibrant museum with collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings to marvel over. The art galleries show off regional, national and international artist’s work.


Nottingham Caves

Nottingham's has a hidden maze of over 500 original sandstone caves underneath the streets of Nottingham dating back to the dark ages. The network of caves, carved out of sandstone that have been variously used over the years as a tannery, public house cellars, and as an air raid shelter.


Sherwood Forest

Famous by its historic association with the legend of Robin Hood, is a 450 acre country park in Nottinghamshire. The park is home to the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The forest has 900 veteran oak trees including England's Tree of the Year 2014, The Major Oak, which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood's principal hideout.


Wollaton Hall

Is an Elizabethan country house of the 1580s standing on a small but prominent hill in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England. The house is now Nottingham Natural History Museum, with Nottingham Industrial Museum in the outbuildings. The surrounding parkland has a herd of deer, and is regularly used for large-scale outdoor events such as rock concerts, sporting events and festivals.


Clumber Park

A National Trust property, Clumber Park is open daily all year. This wide expanse of parkland, farmland and woods covers over 3800-acres (1500 hectares) and was once the seat of the Dukes of Newcastle. There are over 120 different types of tree at this wonderful National Trust property, offering year-round colour and including the memorable avenue of limes, 2 miles (3km) long, which forms the main approach.


Nottingham Lace

Britain's hosiery and knitwear industry was centred around Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. From the 19th century, Nottingham’s Lace Market became the centre for the global lace industry. So important was it to the economy that King George V and Queen Mary visited a lace factory, Birkin and Co Ltd, during a visit in 1914.


George Gordon Byron

6th Baron Byron FRS (1788–1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet, peer, and politician who became a revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, and is considered one of the historical leading figures of the Romantic movement of his era. His ties to Nottinghamshire started at an early age when he inherited Newstead Abbey. He spent many of his school summer holidays around the pretty market town of Southwell, and finally the poet's body was laid to rest in the family vault at St Mary’s church in Nottingham.


D. H. Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence was the son of a former school teacher and a Nottinghamshire coal miner, brought up in the small mining community of Eastwood at a time when modern industry began transforming the East Midlands countryside. Today you can visit the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, an authentically recreated miner’s cottage - 8a Victoria Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3AW.


Trent Bridge

Trent Bridge is a cricket ground mostly used for test, one-day international and county cricket located in West Bridgford, just across the River Trent from the city of Nottingham. Trent Bridge is considered to be one of the best grounds in the world to watch cricket. Trent Bridge's pavilion, kept within the architectural parameters of its 1889 foundation, is thought of as one of the most renowned trademarks of cricket because it faces the wicket at an angle.

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