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7 Things to do in Nottingham off the beaten path

by Silke Elzner

Everybody knows that Nottingham is full of great activities but when you are looking for something a bit different, where is best to go? If you like to go to hidden gems rather than the ‘cool place to be’ then this list of great things to do is a good place to start:

1) Go Ape

For the adventurous, all-action people, Go Ape is a great day out. Where better in the UK to experience tree-top fun than the legendary Nottingham Forest? Take to the trees, just like Robin Hood and his Merry Men on the high ropes course to beat all others. Throughout the year they have themed events and the Halloween spooktacular is due to take place on 27, 28 and 29 October. Swing by for a day filled with fun.

2) Nottingham Caves

Did you know that there is a hidden maze of over 500 caves under Nottingham’s streets? The City of Caves has been around since the Dark Ages and you can go on the tour to find out all about the history of them and the famous city.

3) First Boots/The Larder on Goosegate

Okay so you can visit Boots in any city and you wouldn’t really describe it as a great day out. However, the first ever Boots opened right here in Nottingham on Goosegate in 1849. John Boot’s idea of selling herbal remedies became a roaring success and the rest is history! The building itself is now home to Michelin listed eatery The Larder on Goosegate, where you can enjoy British and European cuisine.

4) D.H. Lawrence Museum

Visit the birthplace of the famous author D.H. Lawrence and see the countryside that inspired his creativity for books like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Women in Love. The museum is within a miner’s cottage that has been carefully recreated and there are tours throughout the day.

5) Cobden Chambers

If you like visiting quirky shops to discover handmade jewellery and unique clothing then head over to Cobden Chambers. You won’t find Primark or Debenhams style stock in any of these unique businesses. Located in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter you will find amazing little indie shops, boutiques and pop up street food stalls.

6) Kitty Café

Fancy a coffee and a bit of cake surrounded by feline friends? The Kitty Café is home to rescued cats and has ample space and toys for the cats to play or relax in. If you love cats then the Kitty café is definitely a must. Maybe you can’t keep a cat yourself but you would like to spend some time with a small furry friend or two? The Kitty Café is the perfect solution and serves some great coffee too! People travel from miles away to experience the Kitty Café.

7) Beat the Streets

Popular music organisers in Nottingham are bringing a new music festival to the city in January. With musical acts including both local and national artists, you could be at the very first ever festival. The really great thing about Beat the Streets is that proceeds will be going to a charity that helps homeless people to improve their lives.

So if you want to have loads of fun whilst helping people to ‘beat the streets’, this is a wonderful opportunity taking place across Nottingham this January. Book your Nottingham hotel accommodation early to avoid missing out!

There are so many things to do in Nottingham that are off the beaten path and these are just a small selection. The historic city is full of hidden gems and unique experiences, so just get yourself here and start exploring!