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Nottingham Information

The city of Nottingham, in the East Midlands Region of the United Kingdom, has a storied past and modern-day ambience that draws about 300,000 visitors a year. It dates back to 600 A.D. when it was part of Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia. By the 15th century, it had become the center of trade in alabaster religious statues, and during the Industrial Revolution it became known as the Lace City for its fame as a prosperous center of the textile industry, specializing in the manufacture of lace. Nottingham today is a lively tourist destination, with nationally recognized museums, natural wonders, eclectic shopping and fascinating historical attractions.

The center of the city is Old Market Square and the Council House, with an intricate baroque style – though built in the 1920s – and two stone lions acting as guardians out in front. Its ground floor, the Exchange Arcade, is now home to many high-end boutiques.

There are shops to appeal to all tastes and budgets at the two main shopping areas, Westfield Broadmarsh and Victoria Centre, a former railway station. The Bridlesmith Gate area is also home to many designer boutiques, including the flagship store of the world-famous fashion designer Paul Smith. A search for more unusual hidden treasures may lead to Derby Road or the Hockley Village area, known for their quirky, retro fashions and home goods.

In the Lace Market district, many beautiful old buildings from the city’s textile manufacturing days have been restored and are now home to a variety of bars, shops and restaurants. Some of the buildings in Nottingham date back to the 1100s and display an astonishing multitude or architectural styles. St. Mary’s Church is one of the oldest medieval buildings in the city.

The name Nottingham conjures up images of the heroic legend Robin Hood, and indeed a visitor can take a “Robin Hood tour” that includes a visit to the thousand-year-old Nottingham Castle, one of the city’s main attractions. A statue of Nottingham’s most famous outlaw stands outside the castle walls, and inside, a museum and art gallery give visitors a feel for life in the Middle Ages.

Nottingham is also known for a most unusual natural wonder: a system of early medieval sandstone caves cut by hand. Visitors can explore them at the City of Caves attraction.

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