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Life in Nottingham

Nottingham’s blend of rich history and modern features means you could be exploring medieval caves and castles, and walking around the city’s shopping centre and trendy bar district all in the same day. 

“Nottingham is a student city, and there are so many international students around. There’s a perfect balance of fun and peace here, and I always feel at home because everybody’s so welcoming.” 

Ash from India, 
Nottingham Trent University student 

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Nottingham: things to know 

Nottingham culture

Nottingham is a cultural hub of art, history and sport all wrapped up into one diverse city.   

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Get to know everything Nottingham has to offer!  

Theatre, art and more… 

Nottingham is a leading centre for the arts. Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest modern art galleries in the UK and frequently hosts fascinating exhibitions. The city also houses the Royal Theatre and Royal Concert Hall, where you can watch your favourite comedians, famous musicians, theatre shows, musicals and more.   

City of sport 

Nottingham has more sports facilities per person than anywhere in Europe! These include the grand Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, the National Ice Centre and the Nottingham Tennis Centre. These venues host international matches, and matches between student teams from the universities’ various sports societies.   

Time to shop 

There are many places to spend an afternoon shopping in Nottingham. From vintage shops located in the trendy Lace Market, to big-name brands at The Exchange and classic high street stores in the huge retail complex, the Victoria Centre, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for.  

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  • Detonate
    This popular summer music festival takes place right by the river, featuring floating stages and global street food. 
  • Splendour
    This annual event is Nottingham’s biggest festival. Experience silent discos, fairground rides and lots of live music. 


  • Wollaton Park
    Spot plenty of wildlife, including deer, and walk by the iconic Wollaton Hall all within this 500-acre parkland.   
  • The Arboretum
    Stroll through Nottingham’s oldest public park, filled with over 800 trees and colourful flowers.   

Historic pubs 

  • Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
    Built into the rocks of Nottingham Castle, this spot is the oldest pub in Nottingham, and one of the oldest in the country.   
  • Ye Olde Salutation Inn 
    This pub is thought to have been built as early as the 1200s, and there are even caves to explore underneath the building.   
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Munashe’s favourite places in Nottingham