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Travel Tips - How to Make the Most of Your Time in Nottingham

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Nottingham is a vibrant, modern city soaked in myth and history, where Robin Hood’s story still lives on in the streets and surrounding forests. The city's excellent nightlife options make it popular with a young crowd, and history aficionados love the scattering of Tudor-style buildings throughout the centre. Located right in the middle of England, Nottingham is easily accessible from most other major cities.

Best time to travel

 

The English weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to pack an umbrella. Summers are generally mild and often sunny. Winter temperatures often dip below 0 degrees C (32 F). Snow is common in January and February, making all the traditional inns and their coal fires even more inviting, though it normally thaws after a couple of days. The city is at its busiest during the summer months, but crowds are also tempted to the centre over winter weekends for various markets and fairs.

Not to miss

 

Nottingham Castle, the network of caves, and what remains of the once-vast Sherwood Forest are the 3 biggest attractions, and the story of Robin Hood can be experienced in many ways throughout the city. The first week of October sees Goose Fair come to town and set up its carnival rides and games at the Forest Recreation Ground. Indie music fans flock to the city for the Dot to Dot festival over May's Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Getting around

 

Many budget airlines service East Midlands Airport (EMA), which connects with the city centre in 55 minutes via the Skylink bus service. East Midland Trains runs many lines through Nottingham train station including a direct train to London. Once in Nottingham, the city centre is compact enough to walk around - the rest of the city is conveniently linked up by an efficient network of buses and trams.

 

Cuisine

 

Nottingham cuisine doesn’t differ hugely from that found throughout England. Though less common than it used to be, a full English breakfast of bacon, sausages, eggs, and baked beans is the traditional way to start the day, and subsequent meals will usually consist of hearty food. Most pubs serve classic comfort dishes such as hot meat pies and mashed potato. For a spicy late-night meal, look no further than one of the city's many curry houses. Local delicacies include blue-veined Stilton cheese and Bramley apples. It’s also worth noting that bread rolls are known locally as “cobs.”

 

Customs and etiquette

 

“Eh up me duck” is the classic Nottinghamshire greeting and locals - who tend to be relaxed and affable - have no qualms using it in conversation with strangers. Tipping around 10 percent of the final bill is expected in most restaurants and cafés that offer table service. You won’t need to tip in bars and pubs, but a few friendly words with the bartender - especially in the more traditional inns - can go a long way.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 797000
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  • Spoken languages: English
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  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G
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  • Phone calling code: +44 115
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  • Emergency number: 999