Nottingham is the 18th most-visited city in England and is well known for its rich history, friendly locals, architecture, and transportation links.

But research done by Visit Britain showed that Nottingham has moved down the list of places to visit in the UK in the past three years. This comes as a shock to many local residents.

The idea that Nottingham is an underrated city came as a surprise to those who spend their days speaking to happy tourist. Robert who works at the Nottingham tourism and travel centre highlighted the uniqueness of Nottingham as it has many aspects of different cities all in one place.

“It’s like a bit of York and a bit of Manchester”
Robert, Nottingham Tourism and Travel Centre

With Nottingham being an “attractive city with plenty of places to go out” Robert worries that locals won’t take the time to travel and see new places.

Nottingham tourism and travel centre

He also highlighted the mix of modern and historical areas of town which together create the unique city of Nottingham.

Nottingham has a rich history which is showcased around the city centre. The city is best known for being the home of one of the world’s most loved folk heroes Robin Hood framed  for fighting for the rights of the oppressed by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Robin Hood Statute

Keeping his memory alive the Robin Hood experience offers tours around the city by a real life Robin impersonator.

In 1948, the Nottingham Playhouse opened it’s doors, over the years the theatre has hosted many well-known stars including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Vickey McClure and many more. The theatre was awarded Regional Theatre of the year in 2019, and continues to be one of the country’s leading production theatres.

Nottingham Playhouse

The history of Nottingham is not one that can be forgotten, many building have managed to stay the same from the outside.

Many buildings around the Creative Quarter have kept their appearance from when they were built, offering tourists the opportunity to spot these hidden gems.

Along with all the history Nottingham has to offer the creative quarter of Hockley is widely for the local businesses, vintage clothing shops and small restaurants. The Times named Hockley one of the ’12 coolest postcodes to live’ in 2022.

Hockley is the perfect example of the way the city has evolved, old beautiful buildings with new modern shops inside.

One example is the Broadway cinema, which started out as a church built in 1839 by architect S.S. Rawlinson. In 1960 the plan to turn it into a cinema was launched and after 30 years and £8 million of redevelopment the cinema opened in 1991l, with one special screen designed by Sir Paul Smith.