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Coach Travel to Nottingham

Culture comes thick and fast in the city of Nottingham. Book a coach here and you’re treading the same path as Robin Hood and DH Lawrence, to name two of the city’s famous sons. In fact, Nottingham’s literary credentials have landed it a place on England’s coveted list of UNESCO Cities of Literature. And the University of Nottingham further puts it on the map. Aside from literary greats and academic institutions, though, Nottingham serves up some amazing destinations for an evening out. From upmarket restaurants to age-old pubs, this is a stay-all-night kind of place. Have you booked your coach yet?

Nottingham: top 3 things to do

1. Tunnel down into the caves

Beneath the surface of the city lies a hidden network of man-made caves, which have been carefully chiselled out of the sandstone. Download the official app to see all the different ways you can explore them. Or book a place on one of the city’s many guided or performance tours – City of Caves starts at intu Broadmarsh shopping centre and lasts about 45 minutes.

2. Get spooked at the Galleries of Justice Museum

The Galleries of Justice Museum has many claims to fame. Perhaps the most famous, though, is that this museum of crime and punishment – housed in the former courthouse and jail – is said to be the most haunted building in England. See if there’s any truth in it with an evening ghost tour.

3. Visit the National Videogame Arcade

Nottingham’s National Videogame Arcade is a steep contrast to its dusty castles and caves. It lines up three floors’ worth of interactive games and vintage arcade machines in a celebration of gaming culture. Buy a day ticket at £8.50 for an adult and you can play all day from 10:00 until 18:00.

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Nottingham: getting around

Catch a coach to Nottingham with megabus and you can expect home comforts like free WiFi and power sockets on the way. You’ll get a 20kg luggage allowance, too, and you can store all your bags in overhead luggage racks. There’s more about onboard facilities on our dedicated page.

Once you’re in Nottingham, lots of the main attractions are in walking distance and it’s a lovely city to explore on foot. If you’re heading across town though, the tram system – NET – is probably your quickest option. There are five city-centre stops, and it’ll take you a grand total of eight minutes to get all the way across town. Old Market Square is your best bet if you want to step off in the heart of the city.

If you want to get out to Wollaton Hall, meanwhile, catch a bus from Broadmarsh. The journey takes about 30 minutes, but this free attraction is well worth the trip.

Nottingham: best for nightlife

Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena is a good option for a night out – it lines up a long list of shows, from comedy to circus, right in the city centre. There are evening public skating sessions at the National Ice Centre, too. If you’re heading here from further out, take the tram and jump off at the Lace Market stop.

For something a bit more stylish, opt for cocktails at one of the bars around Hockley and the Lace Market. And if it’s a traditional pub you’re after, try Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. It’s billed as the oldest inn in England, and you’ll find it in Brewhouse Yard by Nottingham Castle.

Nottingham: best for shopping

Nottingham isn’t just famous for names like Robin Hood and DH Lawrence. A certain fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith, also calls the place home. That should give you some idea of the city’s retail pedigree. Indeed, his original shop still stands proud on Byard Lane, and there are more in the way of designer names in the city’s two intu shopping centres – Victoria and Broadmarsh. As for lesser-known names and pop-up shops, the Creative Quarter is hard to beat.  

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Nottingham for free: our top 3

1. Stroll through the Lace Market

Once the hub of Nottingham’s lace production, the Lace Market is now one of the best places to while away an afternoon in the city. With next-door Hockley it makes up the city’s Creative Quarter, which means it’s crammed with art spaces, independent shops and hipster coffee spots.

2. Go on a gallery tour

Nottingham has a clutch of great art galleries, many of which are free. Try Nottingham Contemporary, one of the biggest contemporary art spaces in the country, on the edge of the Lace Market. Or just download the Nottingham art map and pick somewhere that takes your fancy.

3. Visit the Museum of Nottingham Life

OK, so it’s only free if you’re under-five, but at just £2.50 a ticket the Museum of Nottingham Life is going to cost you less than a coffee. It’s a collection of five 17th-century cottages full of reconstructed room settings to show what life in Nottingham was like 300 years back. Plus, it’s right next to Nottingham Castle, another of the city’s must-see sights. 

Book your coach to Nottingham today using the megabus journey planner on this page.