Nottingham // by A Mess in a Dress

Nottingham City

Blogger Introduction

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Hi!  My name is Stacey and I am a 30-something, mum of two, lifestyle and culture blogger.  My blog, A Mess In A Dress, features posts from pretty much every genre you can think of but my absolute favourite subjects to write about are theatre reviews, vintage fashion and my adventures with my family.

Why I chose to write about Nottingham…

Nottingham - Robin Hood

Although I’ve lived just outside of Nottingham for my whole life, I’ve only really recently started to discover all that it has to offer.  When trying to think of where I wanted to write about for Steph’s series, I decided I should stick with the place I know the best and show just how fabulous my home city is.

5 things to see and do in Nottingham

Visit the Theatre

Nottingham - Theatre

The main reason you’ll find me in Nottingham is for one of my many theatre trips and with at least five theatres that I am aware of there is always a wide offer of shows to choose from.  I’m particularly partial to the Theatre Royal, a traditional proscenium arch theatre which made history for holding the world premiere of The Mousetrap back in 1952. Its traditional decor gives going to the theatre a real sense of occasion.  It’s my happy place!

Nottingham Town Centre

If you’re a shopaholic like me, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Nottingham town centre.  You’ll find all of your high street favourites in the main shopping centres, Intu Victoria and Intu Broadmarsh, while The Flying Horse Arcade is home to some more upmarket brands.  There are also some hidden gems such as Page 45, an independent Comic and Graphic Novel shop and The Tokenhouse, a cute little gift shop, if you’re looking for something a little different.

The Corner House

Nottingham - Corner House

The Corner House is an amazing venue to visit if you want to keep all of your entertainment under one roof.  It hosts a great selection of bars and restaurants, offering a wide variety of food types, as well as a multi-screen cinema and even miniature golf!

Nottingham Arboretum

If you’re looking for a little patch of green in the city, you need look no further than the Nottingham Arboretum.  This beautifully maintained park is also the oldest in Nottingham and has over 800 trees, some of which are still standing after being planted in the 19th century.  The Arboretum is perfect for getting in touch with nature and is a popular spot to take a picnic.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

If you don’t mind travelling a little further from the City Centre, I’d very highly recommend you visit Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.  Wollaton Hall is a stunning Elizabethan Country House, which you might recognise as Wayne Manor from the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”.  The hall has been transformed into a natural history museum, while the picturesque grounds are perfect for a lovely stroll in the sunshine.

Stacey’s Recommendation for Food & Drink in Nottingham

Whenever the question arises “Where should we eat in Nottingham?” my first answer is always Iberico World Tapas.  Tucked away in the Lace Market area, Iberico serves some of the tastiest dishes I’ve ever had!  Their Inside Out Chicken wings are to die for and no meal would be complete without their fabulous Churros!  They’ve also recently opened a walk-in tapas bar, Bar Iberico, which I’m hoping to try out for my birthday.  I’m sure it will be just as good.

A map of things to do in Nottingham…

Other recommendations from Stacey


  • Nottingham Castle // For most people, the first thing that springs to mind when they think of Nottingham is Robin Hood.  No visit to the city would be complete without a trip to see the Robin Hood Statue which stands outside Nottingham Castle the backdrop to so many Robin Hood legends.  The castle is now used as a Museum and Art Gallery and the beautiful surroundings are a great place to sit and relax.
  • National Justice Museum // Formerly known as the Galleries of Justice, the National Justice Museum is in the historic Nottingham Shire Hall and County Gaol.  This is a great attraction for both adults and children as you learn about the law, crime and punishment in a fun way, including interactive games and activities, exhibitions and even historical characters.
  • Contemporary Art Gallery // The Contemporary Gallery opened in  November 2009 in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter and quickly became a popular destination for art lovers across the city and beyond.  Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Castle

Things to see & do

  • Nottingham’s Old Market Square is an incredibly versatile space which is host to a variety of seasonal attractions including a German-Style Christmas market and the Nottingham Eye.  Currently it is once again decorated as Nottingham Beach with fairground rides, paddling pools and a beach bar.  Perfect for those sunny days – if we ever get them!
  • The Broadway Cinema is a four screen independent cinema showing the best films from the UK and around the world, you can also grab a bite to eat or attend courses to learn more about film.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve been for a good night out in Nottingham, but I have it on good authority that it has a great nightlife scene.  There is every kind of bar, pub and club so you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes.

Nottingham - Market Square

Food & Drink

  • No trip to Nottingham would be complete without a visit to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest inn in England. Dating back to 1189AD, you can get delicious pub grub, grab a drink with friends or even take a tour to learn about the history of the pub.
  • The Pudding Pantry is probably best known for its stunning cakes, puddings and milkshakes but it also serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • Today the Malt Cross is a former 1800s Music Hall turned café bar which hosts live music and exhibitions and is also the home of Street Pastors who offer support to the young or vulnerable.  The Malt Cross still has a lot of it’s former architecture and decor which makes it a really original and beautiful place to visit.

Writing this post has really made me appreciate how much Nottingham has to offer and that I really need to try and spend more time there.  I hope it’s inspired you to visit too!

Thank you to Stacey for taking part in the Travel in the UK Guest Blogger Series. You can catch up with the rest of the series on Steph’s World.

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