Like neighbouring Leicester, Nottingham once also punched above its weight in the world of football, delivering back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980.
That feat has ensured Brian Clough, the manager of Nottingham Forest at that time, retains legendary status in the city, matched only by local legend Robin Hood.
The folk hero, famed for ‘robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, finds himself at the heart of the city’s tourism industry, with a pageant and a society named in his honour too.
Putting the man in tights, and his merry men, to one side for the moment, you’ll find that Nottingham is a friendly, thriving city. The locals will inevitably greet one another with a casual ‘ay-up midduk’ as they go about their business, working away in a metropolitan economy that is the seventh largest in the UK, as of 2014.
The nightlife here is vibrant, with venues such as the Rescue Rooms and Rock City supporting an active local music scene, while a plethora of nightclubs will keep the party going into the small hours, if you are so inclined.
For those culture vultures among you, there’s the Theatre Royal, the Nottingham Playhouse, and the Concert Hall, while film buffs will have a few multiplexes and a beautiful independent arthouse cinema in which to indulge their movie-going habits.
And when it comes to pubs, well, you’ll have the ‘oldest in England’ in which to wet your beak. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem purportedly dates back to 1189!
So, if you’re ready to make the move to Nottingham, here are a few of our favourite places that come heavily recommended.
Location, Location, Location
Renting in Nottingham places you squarely in a modern and connected English city. Small and compact, it’s easily to travel around thanks to its reliable buses and relatively new tram network, which opened in 2014. It’s also a cyclist's dream, with flat terrain and plenty of cycle lanes.
Nottingham is just under two hours from London (122 miles), and close to Sheffield (30 miles) and Leicester (30 miles) too. The nearest airport is Nottingham East Midlands.
A Cosmopolitan ‘Hood
Returning to the resident folk hero, if you’re clued up on all things Robin Hood, you’ll know that he called Sherwood Forest home. So the city suburb that shares its name should also share in some of that magic, right?
Well, it does! Sherwood is abuzz with lovely cafes, restaurants, and independent shops, combining to create a wonderful cosmopolitan vibe, without being too hip for its own good.
Situated a mere three miles from the city centre, it has a great mix of housing options and schools (two primary and two secondary), making it ideal for commuters and families alike.
There’s plenty of amenities to be found on the popular Mansfield Road, and there’s no shortage of green space either - the Forest Recreation Ground and Woodthorpe Park your best options for some outdoor time.
Re-Joyce, It’s Village Living at its Finest
Sitting on the banks of the River Trent, and located a mere 15 minute drive from Nottingham City Centre, the village of Burton Joyce is the perfect option for anyone wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
With its own railway station and road links connecting it to the surrounding areas, Burton Joyce is incredibly accessible, while still retaining its traditional village feel.
Served by its own primary school - Burton Joyce Primary School - the village is an ideal choice for young families. And when the time comes for the little ones to step up to the next level of education, Carlton le Willows Academy in Gedling is waiting.
There’s no shortage of amenities in the village either. A number of pubs, restaurants, and takeaways are dotted about, while the local Co-Op is the place to go for your bread, milk, and other sundries. A little further afield and you’ll find Victoria Retail Park, home to an M&S food hall, B&Q, Argos, TK Maxx, and more.
Back in the village, you’ll find a hairdresser, a barber, a library, a medical centre, and the local village hall, which hosts everything from arts & crafts to zumba.
Meanwhile, outdoor types will feel right at home thanks to the football pitches, lawn bowls, and, rather fittingly, an archery area.
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