Nottingham is a large industrial town, but has heaps of history and a must to visit, but leave out those busy high street shopping malls. Explore the Trent bridge, the river, castle site, caves, historic buildings, and much more.
Head south A1 towards Newark and Grantham take the A52 exit towards Nottingham cross over the bridge and park on the embankment. Take a look at the medieval bridge dating back 1551 which was rebuilt in 1868-1871 and still stands with its decorative arches. Walk down the Victoria Embankment and explore the memorial gardens and fountains on the north shore view the moored boats.
Continue only 2 miles and follow signs for the city A612, A6008, then Nottingham Castle on arrival use the nearest local car park.
Visit the castle built on a natural rock called Castle Rock, with its medieval origins, but it fell into ruin and was restored in 1875-1878 and it is now called the Ducal Mansion with only the gatehouse and outer walls being original. For a small fee enter and explore the 6 acres of Victorian inspired gardens. Walk on up to the mansion, stopping to view the city 130 feet below. The mansion now houses a museum and art galley, with work rooms for lace and fabric making, and much more. The brewers yard museum of Nottingham life is close by, at the bottom of castle rock, showing the last 300 years of history. If possible go on the tour of the man made castle caves and tunnels which has the famous Mortimers hole which has 300 steep steps.
Come out of the castle grounds, turn left and view the statue of Robin Hood with bow drawing an arrow and looks most impressive. Carry on down until you reach the the oldest inn in England the famous Ye Old Trip To Jerusalem, try a drink feel the 800 years history in a dramatic setting, roam the many small rooms made from the caves carved out the castle rock, have a game on the horn, seek out the pregnancy chair and read the sign. You may be lucky enough to take the tour into the network of cave cellars beneath the inn.
Before leaving Nottingham visit the Wollaton deer park and hall set in a 500 acres of parkland with a spectacular garden a haven for wildlife plus a herd of red deer.The Elizabethan mansion houses a traditional natural history museum. Its on the A609 at Wollaton.