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Nottingham

Nottingham Castle, now the city museum, was built in the 17th century on the site of its medieval predecessor, famous in legend as headquarters of the Sheriff of Nottingham, persecutor of the semi-mythological outlaw Robin Hood. There are statues of Robin and his Merry Men outside the castle, and nearby is an audio-visual presentation called Tales of Robin Hood. The city boasts two of England's oldest taverns: the Salutation in St Nicholas Street and the Trip to Jerusalem, outside the castle, referring to the 12th-century crusades. The Museum of Costume and Textiles celebrates Nottingham's history as a centre of lacemaking.


Nottingham Castle Museum

The Sheriff of Nottingham, tormentor of the legendary Robin Hood, would not recognise much of the castle today, for most of it was built in the 17th century. The museum, rather than the castle itself, is the focal point, with its interactive display on the history of the city, which appeals to children. Rather more static exhibits include a display of medieval ceramics and English paintings, with many works by local artists.

Castle Gate
Nottingham  NG1 6EL
England
Tel 0115 948 3504
Fax 0115 935 0988

Open
Open seven days

 


Museum of Costume and Textiles

Nottingham was once famous for its delicate lace, and the city's long history of lace-making is vividly brought to life here with the aid of working machinery and talking models that fascinate visitors of all ages. There are also demonstrations of the craft, using many different kinds of machinery. A wide variety of lace products is sold in the shop.

High Pavement
Nottingham  NG1 1HN
England
Tel 0115 948 4221/948 3504

Open
Open seven days

 


Markets in Nottingham

Nottingham has long been famous for its markets, the largest of which is Vicky's Market at the Victoria Centre in the heart of the city. Its 150 stalls (open Monday to Saturday, 8.30 to 17.30) sell everything from food and clothing to flowers and household goods. Special markets are held in Old Market Square on bank holidays, and a seasonal craft market is also set up in the two weeks before Christmas. East of the centre is Sneinton Market, locally thought of as Nottingham's answer to Petticoat Lane, where 150 stalls operate on Monday and Saturday mornings. Further out are the general markets of Bulwell and Clifton (both open Friday and Saturday, with Bulwell also open on Tuesday), and smaller morning markets take place at St Ann's (Tuesday), Hyson Green (Wednesday and Saturday), Bilborough (Thursday), and Roxtowe (Wednesday). The annual three-day Goose Fair, first held in 1294 and now incorporating a funfair, begins on the first Thursday in October.


Robin Hood Pageant

The Robin Hood Pageant celebrates the legendary 12th-century outlaw who robbed from Nottingham's rich to give to the poor. For four days, Nottingham Castle once again resounds to jousting, strolling minstrels, and the tools of traditional craftsmen. There are re-enactments of the colourful life of Robin Hood, although it is doubtful that he lived outside of the 14th-century ballads at a time when rebellion was in the English air.

Contact Information
Nottingham Tourist Information Office
14 Smithy Row
Nottingham NG1 2BY
England

Tel 0115 915 5330


Nottingham Goose Fair        Early October
The strangely named Nottingham Goose Fair is a brash, modern funfair held over four days in early October and nowadays has nothing to do with geese. Several hundred years ago, however, farmers walked their geese from the surrounding countryside to the old market square in Nottingham to be sold, and the fair was the traditional place to buy geese and fatten them for Christmas. The present-day fair is held at the Forest Recreation Ground just outside Nottingham and is one of the largest temporary funfairs in the country.

Contact Information
Goose Fair Information
14 Smithy Row
Nottingham NG1 2BY
England

Tel 0115 915 5330


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