Life in Nottingham
With its central location, Nottingham is ideally situated to enable you to explore the rest of the UK. It is just 2 hours by train to London, with major cities like Birmingham and Manchester within easy reach. For a break from the city life, Sherwood Forest (home of the legend of Robin Hood), and the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park are close by.
Nottingham is perhaps most famous for the legend of Robin Hood, but there are many other interesting facts about Nottingham that you might not already know:
- Top British fashion designer, Paul Smith is from Beeston, Nottingham.
- The first “Boots” shop was opened in Nottingham by John Boot in 1849, which began as a herbalist store. The Boots business was later developed by his son, Jesse Boot, who took control of the company in 1877.
- Two of the most famous British writers, Lord Byron and D H Lawrence lived in Nottinghamshire.
- Nottingham has a long-standing tradition of lace making.
- Nottingham is home to the oldest pub in England, “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem”.
- Nottingham has two Football League clubs – Nottingham Forest (made famous under the management of Brian Clough in the late 1970s and early 1980s for back-to-back European Cup wins), and Notts County (the oldest football league club in the UK).
- The city has an international test cricket ground at Trent Bridge, which is also home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
- Famous sports people from Nottinghamshire include world champion boxer, Carl Froch, and former world number one golfer, Lee Westwood and Olympic medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
The city has excellent shopping facilities, with a good mix of “high street” and designer shops, two large shopping centres and several international supermarkets offering foods from all over the world.
Finally, when you need a break from studying, Nottingham is perfect for socialising. There are a huge number of bars and restaurants to choose from, as well as cinemas, theatres, galleries and the Capital FM Arena, which is home to the Nottingham Panther’s ice hockey team and also hosts pop and rock concerts by well-known international singers and groups.