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Introduction

A city with a rich history that dates back to medieval times, Nottingham is a vibrant city where old meets new. Sitting on the banks of the River Trent, it’s a great place to go for a drink, go to a rock concert, watch world-class sporting events and walk along the riverside. It’s also within a stone’s throw of the world famous Sherwood Forest.
The principal city in the East Midlands region, Nottingham enjoys a temperate climate where cold winters are followed by mild springs and summers. The city is a well-connected place, with major roads and motorways linking it to Leeds and Sheffield in the north of the country and London and Leicester further south.

Ideal car

Hatchback
A hatchback is ideal for driving around the motorways and dual-carriageways, especially the M1 and A1, which pass the city’s western edge. The roads into the city are best served by hatchbacks, too.

Driving in Nottingham
Road driving side: L
Urban speed limit: 30mph
Rural speed limit: 60mph
Motorway speed limit: 70mph

Driving in Nottingham
  • Road Driving Side
    L
  • Urban Speed Limit
    30mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    60mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    70mph

Highlights & Hotspots

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in West Bridgford is one of the sport’s finest venues. The England team regularly plays test matches here against the likes of Australia and South Africa, while Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the best county sides around.
Rock City on Talbot Street in Nottingham City Centre is a famous music venue where indie, rock and metal acts from all over the world come to play. It doubles as a nightclub where alternative music reigns supreme.
Nottingham has several theatres, the most notable being Nottingham Playhouse and the Theatre Royal. Both of them host plays, musicals and stand-up comedy, but there are a few smaller, more intimate venues where local productions are staged.
Nottingham Castle, although not actually a castle, is a stately home doubling as a museum where the area’s history is documented, especially the tale of Robin Hood. The Robin Hood statue is located just outside the museum’s entrance.

Important things to note

Most of the historic streets in Nottingham city centre are pedestrianised. You should also be aware of the city’s tram network, which often contributes to traffic.
Nottingham Tourism Centre is on Smithy Row. It’s open seven days a week. From Mon-Sat, it’s open from 9.30am-5.30pm. Sunday opening hours are from 11am-5pm.
Nottingham is one of the best places in the UK for the park and ride system, with more than 4,000 spaces located all around the city.
Ideal car: Hatchback
A hatchback is ideal for driving around the motorways and dual-carriageways, especially the M1 and A1, which pass the city’s western edge. The roads into the city are best served by hatchbacks, too.

Attractions to drive to

Airport Information

East Midlands Airport is the nearest international airport, lying 13 miles southeast of Nottingham. It has one main terminal and acts as a hub for low-cost airlines offering flights to some of Europe’s more popular destinations such as Spain and Portugal.
The Airport is alongside the A453, which connects directly to the M1. The M1 heads north towards Nottingham and neighbouring towns such as Long Eaton and Beeston.