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Nottingham on a Budget

3 May 2018 | Stephanie Brandhuber

Home to famous outlaw Robin Hood and rich in culture and history, Nottingham is a city where the past and the present come together in perfect harmony. The city itself is said to date back to 600ad, but with two universities and buzzing music, food, and arts scenes, Nottingham is a dynamic, exciting city to visit all year round. With so many sights and attractions on offer, this city is perfect for a day trip, and here we show you how to get the best it has to offer for under £20.

10am - Nottingham Castle (From £6)
 
Those looking to trace the steps of infamous outlaw Robin Hood might expect Nottingham Castle to be an imposing medieval fortress. What you’ll find instead though is a beautiful 17th Century ducal mansion situated atop 130 foot tall cliffs, built on the foundations of an old medieval castle erected in 1067 by the Normans. The castle is steeped in history and offers exquisite panoramic views of the city below. Nottingham Castle Museum offers a range of decorative arts galleries and exhibitions telling the story of Nottingham and its people. After exploring the beautiful castle interiors, take a walk around its surrounding gardens and don’t forget to snap a picture with the statue of Robin Hood, located just outside the castle’s entrance.


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Nottingham Castle is located at Lenton Rd, Nottingham NG1 6EL
 
12:30pm - Lunch at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (From £5.25)
 
If you fancy a side of history with your lunch, stop off at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, said to be Britain’s oldest pub. Carved into the rock just beneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem has been serving travellers and residents of the area since 1189, and is apparently named after Richard the Lionheart’s stopping here before his departure for the Crusades. A labyrinth of caves runs beneath the pub, and many “haunted” antiques can be found as part of the inn’s decor. However, it’s not just the pub’s history that is legendary; so too is it’s wonderful menu of delectable, affordable dishes that will satisfy your cravings for delicious food without breaking the bank.


Image Credit: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
 
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is located at Brewhouse Yard, 1, Nottingham NG1 6AD.
 
2:00pm - St. Mary’s Church (Free)
 
This exquisitely built church has been a focal point in Nottingham since the 14th Century, making it the oldest religious foundation in the city. Its stunning Perpendicular architecture is a reflection of the immense prosperity Nottingham enjoyed during its era of construction, and its large windows, impressive tower, and alabaster monuments are truly magnificent to behold. The church has seen a lot of history pass through its walls, and its interior reflects its rich past with its ornate beauty.


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St Mary’s Church is located 40 High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN.
 
3pm - The Lace Market (Free)
 
Nottingham was known for its lace production in the 19th Century, and thrived off its reputation for being a leader in this industry. So dependent was the city on its lace-making, that a dedicated sector of Nottingham was created, just for its production: The Lace Market. This area is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and thank to it, Nottingham became one of the leading cities in fashion at the time. Although the production of lace dwindled after the Second World War, the area remains dedicated to upholding the history and heritage of fashion, with the large red brick warehouses and factories now housing creative businesses and a wonderful selection of upmarket bars, restaurants, and shops. Take a stroll through this historic neighbourhood and soak up the neighbourhood oozing with the richness of the city’s fashionable past.


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4:30pm - Nottingham Arboretum (Free)
 
Unwind from the hustle and bustle of Nottingham’s busy centre with a stroll around the city’s oldest park. Nottingham Arboretum has been awarded the Green Flag Award for its natural excellence, and boasts stunning views, and a wide variety of over 800 trees and plants, some of which were originally planted in the 19th Century when the park first opened. A number of heritage landmarks are dotted throughout the park, and a visit to this wonderful green space will undoubtedly recharge and relax you.


Image Credit: Visit Nottingham
 
Nottingham Arboretum is located at Waverley St, Nottingham NG7 4HF.
 
6pm - Dinner at The Cumin (From £8.45)
 
Nottingham has seen its very own “curry quarter” emerge over the past few years, and it now boasts a selection of truly wonderful Indian restaurants to choose from. One of the best, budget friendly curry houses is The Cumin, just a stone’s throw away from Market Square and the castle. With impeccable service and a menu bursting with authentic flavours of North India, The Cumin prides itself on its commitment to delicious tasting cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere.


Image Credit: The Cumin
 
The Cumin is located at 62-64 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6BJ

So there we have it, a lovely day out in Nottingham for just £19.70. Get your merry men and women together and go explore the rich history of this great city for yourselves.

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