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    Food for all pockets

    by Flem2002 Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There are a variety of restaurants in Nottingham, and I'll create some tips about my favourites in due course. However - here's a quick list of the range of places to eat in the City Centre:

    Budget / fast food - Plenty of Macdonalds, Burger Kings, Starbucks (OK, so not budget..) and similar coffee houses, Subway sandwiches and street vendors selling jacket potatos outside the Council House.

    Good value - Wetherspoons pub in old Market Square (there are 2 of them), Yates also in Market Square, "All you can eat" buffets in the Cornerhouse and on George Street, Thurland Street (all Chinese), also on Goosegate in Hockley (mixture of Chinese, Italian and Indian)

    Chains - Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia, Pizza Hut, La Tasca Tapas

    Slightly posher but cosy - Punchinello (Forman Street), Scruffys (off Stoney Street), Welbeck Hotel (top floor restaurant with nice views), The Living Room

    Posher - Harts, World Service*, Saltwater, Chino Latino

    Good Indian restaurants - 4550 miles from Delhi, Laguna*, Chutney Jacks*

    * = I haven't been there myself, but have heard good things!

    fab places out of the City Centre - Georgetown malaysian restaurant (part of Colwick Hall Hotel), The Full Moon pub at Morton (Good luck finding it!), The Caunton Beck ...

    You can read more about most of these with a simple Google, but I'll endeavour to write some detailed reviews.

    Happy eating!

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    The Nottingham Deer

    by iwys Updated May 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Legend has it that Robin Hood's poaching in the royal deer parks caused him to fall out with the Sheriff of Nottingham. There are still large herds of deer in the Nottingham area today. At Wollaton Park, there are 100 roe deer and 150 red deer. They have been protected for so long now that they are not afraid of humans, so you can get really close to them, and they are beautiful!

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    The Castle Grounds

    by iwys Written May 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In many ways the castle grounds are more interesting than the castle itself. Dotted around the grounds are the ruins of the original castle, monuments to Lord Byron and Albert Ball VC, the Victorian bandstand and some beautiful gardens. The best time to visit is in late April and early May to see the cherry blossom.

    Also, from the castle walls you get some of the best views of the city.

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    Nottingham's Pubs

    by iwys Written May 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Nottingham has more pubs per thousand people than any other city in Britain. Many of them are very old, including the oldest pub in the country, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, and many of them have interesting histories, like the one in the picture, the Royal Children. Other noteworthy pubs in the city, include Ye Olde Salutation Inn, the Bell Inn and Yates's Wine Lodge.

    The water of the River Trent is said to be the best water in England for brewing beer - a bit like the River Liffey in Ireland.

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    Nottingham Lace

    by iwys Written May 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Nottingham's lace industry has influenced the city in many positive ways. It brought prosperity to Nottingham and many of its great buildings were funded by money it brought in.The Lace Market area, where the lace factories were, is now one of the most interesting areas to wander around.

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  • Chat with Nottingham people

    by mick2me Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    What Nottstalgia folks think about the 'Wobbly N'

    Favorite thing: Coming to Nottingham? Get firsts hand info from the folks of the Nottingham Forums at www.NOTTSTALGIA.com. Worldwide members, Locals and Ex Pats. You can't beat local knowledge.

    Fondest memory: Nottingham is THE GREATEST, Meet the people now.

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    Orientation & Information

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Jul 12, 2005
    Nottingham City Centre Map

    Favorite thing: Nottingham like the other Midlands cities, is chopped in pieces by an inner ring road, which encloses most of the attractions, eateries and bars.

    The train station is south of the canal on the southern edge of the centre.

    There are two bus stations : Victoria bus station is hidden away behind the Victoria shopping centre, just north of the city centre, while Broadmarsh bus station (the National Express buses stop there) is behind Broadmarsh shopping center to the south.

    The TIC (tel 915 5330, fax 915 5323; www.visitnottingham.com; 1-4 Smitty Row; open 9am-5:30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat year-round, 11am-3pm Sun summer) is situated in the Council House on the Old Market Square.

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    Galleries of Justice

    by eija81 Written Jun 2, 2005

    Favorite thing: This is my favourite museum in Nottingham and in the whole world! I am one of those people who don't usually find museums extremely exciting, but this one was great! It's a museum of crime and punishment where you can see how and why criminals were convicted in the past and what happened to those poor convicted souls afterwards. The place itself is interesting to look at, but what's best about the museum is that you really get to EXPERIENCE what some people have had to go through in the past.

    You start the tour by following a trial in the Victorian court room. The judge is a man who knows his value but does not show great interest towards his job, or at least towards making just decisions. He allows you to take part in the trial so my friend and I did. My friend got sentenced to death for speaking for the defence and I was to be sent to Australia for not bowing deep enough in front of the judge. We were both sent downstairs first, where we met the prison warder. He welcomed us and told us in a rather frank way what our lives would be like down there. After that we were taken on a tour around the cells and caves and finally locked in a very small scary cell with no light.

    It was all great fun!!! Read more at http://www.galleriesofjustice.org.uk/.

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    Castle

    by A2002 Updated Apr 4, 2005

    Favorite thing: Generally, Nottingham is famous for Robin Hood. You can visit the castle. I did not put this as a must-see activity becos there are much better castles to see (eg. Warwick castle, Windsor, Edinburgh, etc to name a few). The castle is pretty small.

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    A Day in Nottingham

    by WesleyTyler Updated Aug 12, 2004

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    Ian & I @ the oldest pub in England

    Favorite thing: The oldest pub in England, has a room carved out of the side of a sandstone cave.
    The "Castle" that was missing, but has an awsome art collection. the caves under the city date back as long as people wrote stuff down, the entrance is in a rock shop in the mall. this is a "city center"

    Fondest memory: The Art collection at the castle.

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    Mayor Of Nottingham

    by Nixter01 Written Oct 26, 2003

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    Lord Mayor Of Nottingham

    Favorite thing: Say Hello to the Sheriff and second time round Lord Mayor Of Nottingham.

    His name's John Hartshorne and he is a local councillor
    If you want to find him, pop in to the Council Houses in the Market Square !

    Fondest memory: Meeting the Mayor when I was a Brownie !

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    Tea For Two ?

    by Nixter01 Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Council House

    Favorite thing: This is a general and fondest memory for me because when I was iun the Brownies ( many years ago ) we came here and met the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. It was very special and you felt like royalty ! We had tea and biscuits and got to ask him questions, all abit too much for a 7yr old I think !
    Anyway the building itself has 2 Huge lions guarding the front, whilst behind its pillars are cherubs looking out towards the trades. Designed in the 1920's replacing the 200yr old exchange at the base of its 200ft high dome four statues are stated representing Commerce, Civic Law, Prosperity & Knowledege, the hallmarks of the City Of Nottingham.

    Fondest memory: I miss the stupid pigeons that wander around your feet as if you're not there ! they are like the ones down London, and I think they are all on something ! They are so crazy !

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    Old Pubs

    by pmarshuk Updated Jun 15, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Nottingham has many very old pubs including The Old Salutation, the Royal Children and the Old Bell. But the oldest of all is the Trip To Jerusalem which dates from 1189. It is built over the front of a cave in the castle rock and some of the back rooms are carved out of the sandstone. Instead of Darts play the Ring O' Bull game downstairs where you try to loop a metal ring over a horn.

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    City of Robin Hood.

    by A2002 Written Jun 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: There is not much touristy places in Nottingham. Most people come forthe Robin Hood, if they do come.

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