We could write all day about the beauty, culture and historic significance of Nottingham City, but sometimes it’s nice to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life and explore wider Nottingham and the surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a day trip from Nottingham, we’ve put together our top five destinations, suitable for families, friends and solo explorers and within a short distance from your perfect accommodation in Nottingham, PREMIER SUITES.
Sherwood Forest – 40-minute drive
No trip to Nottingham is complete without a trip to the historic home of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest. According to the books, the infamous bandit lived in Sherwood Forest near Major Oak, which is a leisurely 1-2 hour walk from the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, just around the corner from the village of Edwinstowe. The visitor centre contains a shop, a café, tour guides and plenty of historic information to discover. It’s surrounded by beautiful natural woodlands, ideal for picnics, hikes or family days out. A trip to Sherwood Forest is one of the most popular Nottingham day trips and it can be easily reached by car or public transport.
Newstead Abbey – 30-minute drive
The name is little misleading, Newstead Abbey isn’t actually an Abbey anymore, it’s a stately home which housed world-famous poet Lord Byron between 1808 and 1814. The house is a stunning, perfectly preserved example of architecture and décor from the monastic period. You can view Byron’s private apartments and the Victorian kitchen and much more, but the grounds and gardens are really what makes this a fantastic day trip from Nottingham. Walking around the grounds you can enjoy lakes, ponds, waterfalls, sculptures and native flora and fauna like swans and peacocks. You can enjoy a perfectly romantic afternoon here.
Lincoln – 1-hour drive
Lincoln is a pretty, historic cathedral town with some great character and plenty of postcard-worthy scenes. It’s a lot smaller than Nottingham & doesn’t have that large city hustle and bustle, making it the perfect spot for a Nottingham day trip. While you could easily spend a weekend exploring this gorgeous town, some of the highlights that you shouldn’t miss on a day trip are the gorgeous medieval Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle across the street which houses a Victorian prison and a copy of the Magna Carta. The charming narrow, winding streets are great for wandering through, leading you to The Museum of Lincolnshire Life which will give you a peek into what life was like in olden times.
Chesterfield – 45-minute drive
Just 45 minutes from Nottingham is Chesterfield, a historic market town with some remarkable architecture to discover. Aside from the quaint beauty of the town, it is most famous for the church with the crooked spire, which is why the local football team is known as The Spireites. The spire is both twisted and leaning, twisting 45 degrees and leaning 9 feet 6 inches from its true centre; see if you can get a straight picture of it! The Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery provides an interesting insight into the local area and there are rows of eye-catching Tudor style buildings to admire. Try to plan your visit around a market day and enjoy the local wares, produce and pick up a souvenir for a memory of a great trip.
Hardwick Hall – 45-minute drive
If you love a manor house with a wonderful history behind it, Hardwick Hall is a great choice for your Nottingham Day trip. The house is a perfect example of Elizabethan architectures and design, created by Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s. The saying “Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall,” is true, Bess of Hardwick put glass windows all over the house as a sign of wealth and status. Aside from the house, make time to walk around the perfectly manicured gardens and lawns, maintained by The National Trust. It was also used in filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as Malfoy Manor.
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