The world is all set to witness a new innings of the Cricket World Cup this summer. England and Wales have decorated their cities, where a warm welcome awaits all fans. Whether you're travelling from afar or locally, there is a sense of thrill and excitement in the air, not least in Nottingham.
This is the city that will host India and New Zealand on 13 June at Trent Bridge. The stadium is where England made a massive record of scoring 481/6 in a ODI match, with centuries hit by Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow. Let's hope India can surpass this milestone against the Black Caps.
So, all set? While you tour England, don't just confine yourself to the stadium, hotel, and airport. Nottingham has so much to offer its visitors, find out why its known as the 'Queen of the Midlands.
Top Things To See and Do In Nottingham
The Lace Market
What was once the heart of the lace industry in Britain, is now the cultural hub of the city. Just a few miles away from the old market, the Lace Market consists of restaurants, lace makers and traditional shops, making it a unique place to visit. While you are in the market, don't forget to visit the Gallery Of Justice Museum. The museum features a courtroom and a jail along with exhibits showcasing the reality of punishment.
Known for its embellishing view of the town and the bronze statue of Robin Hood, Nottingham Castle today houses two of the most popular museums in the city. Where the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum depicts a range of regimental uniforms and medals, the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery highlight Anglo-Saxon brooches, alabaster carvings, and medieval ceramics. You will also find the works of Charles le Brun, William Dye, Richard Wilson, Marcus Stone, and Ben Nicholson housed at the museum.
The City of Caves
There are a bundle of caves embedded beneath the sandstone in Nottingham. The most famous of which is Mortimer's Hole, which is said to be the route by which Edward III's troops got into the city's castle to capture Roger de Mortimer, in 1330. This hole is the major attraction at the City Of Caves.
Spread across an area covering 52-acres, Highfields park is an outstanding beauty in the city of Nottinghamshire. The view of exotic trees and plants leave visitor's in a state of awe. There are many activities you can indulge in while at the park. From boating to picnicking, walking and croquet, the park is studded with all. Special events are held at the Lakeside Stage Center.
Wollaton Hall is an exclusive mansion covering a 500-acre area. This Elizabethan building is surrounded by a deer park. The Hall is home to the Natural History Museum and the exceptional Nottingham Industrial Museum. Waking up a bit early and visiting Wollaton Hall would not be a bad idea.
Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
The Brewhouse Yard houses a wonderful museum and is home to some of the extraordinary exhibits of the city's culture and tradition. It features a cottage house from the 17-century and trust me it's worth the visit.
Statue of Robin Hood
Aiming his bow and arrow at the gates of Nottingham Castle, Robin Hood's statue is more than just a visual piece of art. Created by James Woodford, this bronze statue represents a world famous legend. The statue is around 7 feet tall and weighs as much as half a tonne. No visit to Nottingham is truly complete without a photo at the Robin Hood statue.
National Justice Museum
Situated in the Georgian Shire Hall is the National Justice Museum. As you walk past the walls of the museum you will feel an essence of the past, the British century and their justice deeds. Several characters are costumed showing historical figures along with activities, courtroom reenactments and exhibitions are frequently held together to give an insight into the justice system that prevailed years before.Nottingham is a wonderful part of England and with the cricket and city experiences on show, you are in for a real treat.