Nottinghamshire Visitor information
An Introduction to Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire, famed for the legend of Robin Hood, is situated in the heart of England and is full of both rural villages and busy towns. It also has a rich cultural heritage, being the home of D.H. Lawrence and Lord Byron.
Things to do in Nottinghamshire
Newstead Abbey, one of the two ancestral homes of Lord Byron in Nottinghamshire is open for visitors, along with Wollaton Hall and park which which was completed in 1588 and houses acres of land for roaming deer. The Galleries of Justice Museum give a unique insight into crime and punishment over the era's and Harley Gallery offers unique pieces.
Getting to Nottinghamshire
By Coach and bus
National Rail have services that run to Nottinghamshire from many of the major cities in the UK. Local bus operators include First and Stagecoach.
Nottingham East Midlands airport and Robin Hood airport are the closest airports, both under an hour from central Nottinghamshire.
The M1, A1, A52 and A46 are close to Nottinghamshire meaning that the region is well connected to the rest of the country and it is situated almost 4 hours from London.
Nottinghamshire is connected via rail to many of the main cities in England with Nottingham station being the largest in the region.
Nottinghamshire lies on the Roman Fosse Way and there are Roman settlements in the county. The county was settled by Angles around the 5th century, and became part of the Kingdom, and later Earldom, of Mercia.
Nottinghamshire was of particular importance during the Civil War due to its central position as a dividing point between a Royalist south and the Parliamentarian strongholds in the north. Throughout this conflict, Roundheads and Cavaliers were locked in battle at key points around the county in a unique part of Britain's history. Charles I raised his standard at Nottingham Castle to effectively signify the start of the conflict, while Newark Castle was held under siege at several points during the war.
During the industrial revolution canals and railways came to the county, and the lace and cotton industries grew. In the 19th century collieries opened and mining became an important economic sector, though these declined after the 1984-5 miners' strike.
Nottinghamshire is famous for its involvement with the legend of Robin Hood. This is also the reason for the amount of tourists who visit places like Sherwood Forest, City of Nottingham and the surrounding villages in Sherwood Forest.
Universities in Nottinghamshire