In the heart of the city, you’ll find the mid-Victorian Theatre Royal. A splendid theatre, it hosts touring West End shows, and its pantomime is a draw for big celebrities, with David Hasselhoff appearing in the 2013 production of Peter Pan. The Nottingham Playhouse is one of the country’s top contemporary theatres, and even if you don’t feel like catching a show, is well worth a visit to see Turner Prize Winner Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, an incredible open-air sculpture that locals voted as the city’s best landmark.
Nottingham is home to a particularly vibrant music scene, and its range of venues mean that you’ll have no trouble finding something to suit your tastes. The Capital FM Arena is often visited by pop stars, bands and comedians, from Kylie to Kasabian. If you like things a little more raucous, Rock City has seen plenty of the hottest acts pass through since it opened its doors in 1980,having hosted the likes of David Bowie, Oasis and Nirvana, and classical and comedy can be enjoyed in the majestic surroundings of the Royal Concert Hall and Albert Hall. Whatever you fancy seeing, a stay in a cheap hotel in Nottingham makes catching a show completely fuss-free
Nottingham is proud of its connection to the Robin Hood, and Sherwood Forest sits to the north of the city. However, this ancient woodland has so much more to it than legendary men in tights; it was a former royal hunting ground, and is home to the 1000 year old tree, the Major Oak, the Sherwood Forest Golf Club, which is one of England’s best courses, and some great Nottingham hotels.
Arts and old lace
Nottingham has a history of being a city of industry, and was the centre of the world’s lace trade in the 19th century. The Lace Market covers a quarter mile of the city centre, and is full of beautifully preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings, as well as some still working lace machines. In the heart of Nottingham sits the Old Market Square the largest city square in the UK which is close to several cheap Nottingham hotels. Overlooking the city from its vantage point on castle rock is the former royal residence Nottingham Castle, where you can see both Wedgwood pottery and a fine collection of modern British and European art in its galleries.
The city has a thriving nightlife, and Hockley, a neighbourhood by the Lace Market, has been named as one of the country’s trendiest places to be. Here you’ll find plenty of cool bars, like the Boilermaker, which serves up local brews and cocktails with a good sense of humour, and some of the best hotels in Nottingham.
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