By Jessica Beck
Nottingham
United Kingdom
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Familiar with the Robin Hood legend?  Love to stand in awe of various architectural styles and explore the halls of castles? If yes was the answer to any or all of these questions, Nottingham is the next city on your travel itinerary.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to embark on a journey to this city, tucked into the middle of England.  East Midlands Airport (EMA) is the closest major international airport to this English city.  It lies about 12 miles outside of the center of Nottingham.  For flight comparisons, the next closest international airport is Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield in Finningley, United Kingdom, about 36 miles from Nottingham’s city center.  Allow EscapeWizard.com to make the flight search easier by clicking on the following link, directing you to our expansive flight comparisons, sure to find you the best deal (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  EscapeWizard.com also has budget-friendly hotel accommodations available for the duration of your stay.  Follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and allow us to seek the perfect room to unwind and refresh yourself in after a day’s worth of soaking up the culture of Nottingham.

Upon arrival in Nottingham, be sure to experience the legend of Robin Hood by visiting Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest.  Nottingham Castle is located atop of a promontory appropriately entitled Castle Rock.  It contains fragments of a previous royal fortress from the Medieval Ages.  In the Robin Hood legends, the castle is the setting of the final quarrel between Robin Hood and the Sheriff.  For centuries, Nottingham Castle was used by royalty and nobles because of its close proximity to royal hunting grounds and royal forests such as Sherwood Park, mentioned in the legends of Robin Hood.  Sherwood Park is also the park in the BBC TV show, Robin Hood.  For one week during every summer, the park hosts the Robin Hood Festival; constructing a medieval environment, it features the famous literary characters of Robin Hood.  If your trip is during this festival, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to come out and soak up the park in this fitting atmosphere.

Nottingham is home to two prestigious football clubs, Nottingham Forest F.C., the previous double European Cup winners, and the world’s oldest profession football league, Notts County F.C. The two leagues are separated by the River Trent.  If you happen to be in Nottingham during the football season, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to choose a team and cheer on a match. 

If art and architecture is more exciting to you, Nottingham will be sure to impress.  EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to one of the many nationally-recognized museums such as Nottingham Castle Museum, University of Nottingham’s Djanogly Gallery, Wollaton Park’s Yard Gallery, and the Nottingham Natural History Museum.  To begin your tour of this city’s architecture, head to the Old Market Square, the city’s nucleus.  It is the largest square in the UK and is known for the expansive Council House, replaced by the Nottingham Exchange Building, with its baroque columns and two stone lions guarding the square.  To the west of the city’s center, the St. Barnabas Cathedral, built in Gothic revival style, is another building worth observing.  While in the west side of the center, stroll down both King and Queen Street to discover the remarkable Victorian buildings designed by celebrated architects Watson Fothergill and Alfred Waterhouse.  To the east, explore the Victoria Shopping Center, built on the grounds of the demolished Victoria Railway Station; the old clock tower and station hotel (renovated into the current Nottingham Hilton) still remain.  EscapeWizard.com encourages you to wander through the Hockley Village; with its various pubs, restaurants, and trendy clothes shops, it is the perfect spot to stop for a meal or a pint.  It is also home to the Screen Room, the world’s smallest cinema, which contains only 21 seats.  Lastly, visit the Lace Market, located just south of Hockley.

As for nightlife, Nottingham is swimming in it.  With tons of pubs, clubs, and music venues, you will be sure to find your niche.  A pub that must be visited is the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem; built into a series of sandstone caves at the foot of Castle Rock, it is an EscapeWIzard.com must-see.

EscapeWizard.com is excited to help you begin your journey to the rich city of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Hotels in Nottingham
By Chrystyne Jackson
Hilton Nottingham Hotel
Milton Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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When visiting historic Nottingham, England, enhance your experience by staying at the Hilton Nottingham Hotel. This hotel blends the medieval world with the modern. Guests will appreciate the convenient location, just 25 minutes from Nottingham East Midland Airport and a short, 15-minute walk from the Nottingham Train Station. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 p.m.

The Hilton is a comfortable hotel featuring contemporary decor and furnishings.  Guestrooms are bright and spacious and offer a homey feeling. Most have partial city views. Rooms and suites come with a 32-inch television and on demand movies. High speed Internet access is available.

The hotel has a 60-foot heated, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. For those who want to maintain their fitness regimen there is the Livingwell Healthclub and fitness center, which boasts state of the art cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights. Nicholson’s Bar and Diner is a great spot to find American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When exploring the local area be sure to visit Nottingham Castle, which was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence in the Middle Ages, The Caves of Nottingham, a network of caves carved out of sandstone that have been used over time as a tannery, public house cellars, and an air raid shelter, Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, Lace Market, home to an impressive collection of gothic revival and Old English architecture and boasting a number of fine shops, restaurants and pubs,  and Sherwood Forrest, a royal forest in Nottinghamshire made famous by the legend of Robin Hood.

Make your visit to Nottingham memorable by staying at the Hilton Nottingham Hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.