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Points of Interest: Nottingham
Situated in the East Midlands in the heart of England, the City of Nottingham is famous for its connection to the legend of Robin Hood.
It has an official population of a little over 300,000 which is relatively small due to the tight city boundary but if you consider the wider Nottingham Urban Area then the population more than doubles to almost 730,000.
Nottingham played a major role in the Industrial Revolution and became famous for its lace-making, bicycle and tobacco industries. Despite being traced back to the 7th Century, Nottingham only became an established city in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The city and nearby Sherwood Forest are famous as being the home of folk-hero Robin Hood, as such there are a number attractions, such as Nottingham Castle and Major Oak, and the Ezekial Bone Tour of Nottingham, where you can learn about the legend.
Locals can also go below the city and enter another world in the City of Caves. It is a network of over 500 caves which date back to the Dark Ages but which were in use until the 1940s.
Back above land and the link back to Nottingham’s 19th Century lace industry is clear from the Lace Market and Lace Centre.
Now a contemporary popular tourist destination, Nottingham offers a lot more than just a link to the past, it is home to the National Ice Centre, National Water Sports Centre, Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, and Making it! Discovery Centre.
Anyone wanting to soak up a bit of culture can visit one of the two large-capacity theatres, Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse, the independent cinema, Broadway, which shows international and arthouse films.
Nottingham is a sporting city, with two English Football League teams (Nottingham Forest F.C. and Notts County F.C), and Trent Bridge cricket ground where test, one-day and international matches are played.
The city is also home two top universities, Nottingham Trent University, which with around 28,000 making it one of the largest in the country, and the University of Nottingham, a public research university and top UK employer.