The city of Nottingham is the largest of all cities to be found in the East Midlands area of England. Over the centuries it has been home to many different races and cultures. n Anglo Saxon times it was home of a Saxon chieftain named Snot and was dubbed Snotingaham. The Vikings took over the town in 867 AD and it became one of five fortified towns that they held.
The city is well known for lace production, the town’s fame was for religious scupltures, constructed from alabaster. At the time of the industrial revolution again it was renowned for the textiles that were manufactured in it. Nottingham remained famous for this trade until the end of the second world war, when cheaper imports became more widely available. More recently, a lot of the buildings used for producing textiles have been restored and put to other uses.
So what can you see and do when you stay in Nottingham?
1. The Tales Of Robin Hood – Go back in time to the medieval forests that were reputedly used by Robin Hood and his Merry Men. There is not only wonderful films and live shows to watch and enjoy but there is a ride available in 7 languages and you may prefer the experience of a medieval banquet.
2. The Galleries Of Justice – Trace three hundred years of crime and punishment in the city. Situated at the heart of the Lace Market which means you can find it in the city centre. The site was used as a court and a prison until as recently as the 1980s. One of the highlights of the museum is a reconstruction of a Victorian courtroom which houses re-enactments of trials and witness the prisoner being sentenced and then taken down to the cells. If you have time, you should take a trip around the medieval caves below the courts.
3. Wollaton Hall – Just a short trip from the city, you’ll find this historic building and its grounds. Tracing its roots back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I this was designed by Robert Smythson and was completed back in 1588. Along with being able to explore the house and the museum of Natural History there are also some five hundred acres of parkland surrounding the house. For those who like to get involved a visit to the Tudor Kitchens is something that should not be missed during your visit to this attraction.
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