Nottingham: a City of History, Hidden Gems and Cursed Items…

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Guest post by Superbreaker Ellen Cole…

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Nottingham is a destination like no other and is the perfect place to enjoy a bustling shopping district, a lively nightlife and, of course, to explore the many historical sites that the city has to offer. I was born and bred in Nottingham and love the diverse range of activities, attractions and heritage sites situated in this cosmopolitan city including Wollaton Hall, the Galleries of Justice, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham Castle plus much more.

One of my favourite heritage sites in Nottingham is the City of Caves, which is located in the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. The caves are a beautiful example of original sandstone caves, which are hosted by actors who help you discover the history and the crucial importance the caves played in Nottingham’s society. If venturing into the caves isn’t your idea of fun, then I would recommend a walk around the Lace Market which is located in stunning historical buildings.

Just a short walk away from the city centre you will discover Trent Bridge, which is renowned for its cricket ground near the beautiful River Trent. Head over the river to find not one but two football stadiums – Nottingham Forest and Notts County, which is ideal for those who love the game. During the summer months, Trent Bridge hosts one of the biggest cultural festivals in the UK – the Nottingham Riverside Festival, which boasts live music, street theatre, arts and crafts and, of course, firework displays.

Many tourists flock to Nottingham to discover more about the legend of Robin Hood. Situated on Maid Marian Way you will discover The Tales of Robin Hood, which is a big hit with families and my nephew William, who told the Robin Hood actor that he was ‘naughty’ for running away from the Sheriff of Nottingham actor during our recent visit!

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Just a short walk from The Tales of Robin Hood you will discover one of the oldest pubs in Nottingham called Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, but beware; the pub is not what it seems and is home to The Cursed Galleon, which is a small model pirate ship coated in thick dust. The legend says that anyone who dares clean The Cursed Galleon will die within a few days.

If death isn’t your thing, but reproduction is, then the pub can offer you an alternative in the form of a mysterious antique chair. It is claimed that if a lady sits on this chair she will increase her chances of becoming pregnant… my friend Francesca has sat on this chair many times and now has 3 beautiful children! (Although I am not entirely convinced it was down to the chair).

Have you ever visited Nottingham for a short break? Have you visited any of these Nottingham attractions?

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