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Nottingham Guide

Nottingham’s a big city with a whole lot going on and you’d be hard pushed to fit it all into one weekend. We’ve created a quick and easy guide to help you get the most out of your stag do in the Midlands.

Getting in


Driving in to Nottingham is a breeze – simply take the M1 and exit at junction 24 or 25 if you’re heading down from the north or 25 or 26 if you’re coming up from the south. From London it should take around 2 and a half hours and from Manchester, about 1 and a half hours. If you decide to take the park and ride and avoid driving through city centre, there’s a handy tram service which will get you everywhere you need to be.


There are plenty of coach services which operate from London and Northern cities too and it’s a great way to save money whilst travelling in comfort. Just sling on those bags, show your tickets and then enjoy a stress-free ride!


There are plenty of services running from all around the UK to Nottingham and handily, the station is just a 5 minute walk away from all the main attractions in the city centre. Generally, there are services to and from London every half an hour.

Entertainment Venues

Nottingham Castle

Yes, you read that right, the historic city of Nottingham hold events in a real, actual castle! See a ton of Robin Hood related shows and tours and plenty that will appeal to history buffs and fan of all things Medieval.


Whether you’re interested in religious pilgrimage or not, it doesn’t really matter because we’re referring to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem here or in other words, the oldest pub in the UK! Well worth a visit, for purely educational purposes only of course.

Broadway Cinema

Although it might seem a little boring to watch a film on your weekend, take it from us, this cinema is a little bit special. It’s been voted one of the world’s best by Total Film magazine and even has a café and bar on site too for a tipple or a treat. A wonderful independent cinema.

Capital FM Arena

This arena is the biggest contender in the world of Nottingham entertainment. There’s room for 10,000 people and regularly hosts massive tours with bands, music, dance and even ice skating.

Top of the Shops

Nottingham is a fantastic place to enjoy a little retail therapy regardless of where you go but we’ve gathered together a couple of independent stores which are exclusive to the city, so that your experience is totally unique!

Bag Company

Just about every girl breaks into a fever of temptation at the mention of a shop which sells only designer bags and the Bag Company in Nottingham is liable to do just that. From Fossil to Kipling and Radleigh, there’s so much to choose from and drool over.

Brown Dog Interiors

If you love making over your home, this sumptuous shop full of gorgeous handmade and bespoke pieces will certainly push your buttons. Local craftspeople create wonderful furniture, fitted kitchens, bathrooms and even gifts and decorations from natural wood.

Stick and Ribbon

This pretty boutique sells a whole host of designer and local brands and is fantastic for picking up a gorgeous new piece that will really make you stand out from the crowd. Who knows, you might even find something to wear on your big night out!

The Cheese Shop

Who doesn’t love cheese? Crazy people, that’s who. This lust-worthy store sits in the centre of Nottingham and has been run by a passionate family for over 20 years. You can pick up extremely good quality cheeses from the UK and the local area – over 200 different varieties to be exact!

Because the best things in life are free…

Hen weekends don’t often come cheap, so we’ve compiled a selection of entertainments in Nottingham which are 100% gratis to keep the troops amused even if the kittle is looking a little sorry for itself.

Woollaton Manor

This house does require an entry fee to explore but within the Manor is a natural history museum which is completely free to check out. Even if you’re not interested in fossilised animals, it’s pretty cool to note that it was used as ‘Wayne Manor’ for filming in The Dark Knight Rises.    

Robin Hood

It’d be a crime to leave Nottingham without paying the famous archer a visit, so strike a pose and enjoy a picture with the city statue. Walk in the footsteps of this famous character and soak up the true character of Nottingham.

Nottingham Contemporary

Fancy a bit of culture? Although some of the pieces on display in the Nottingham Contemporary might be a little baffling, there’s loads to enjoy and interpret, including a wide range of exhibitions which include live human elements.      

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