Nottinghamshire Accommodation Guide

Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire
Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire is a large county in the East Midlands region of England. Often referred to as ‘Notts’ by locals, Nottinghamshire is famous for being the home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, for its history in lace making, for its production of Raleigh bicyles and for its two famous football clubs (Notts County and Notts Forest) which are situated only 0.7 miles from one another.

With a great deal to see and do, Nottinghamshire attracts over 35 million visitors every year. In this brief guide, we will exhibit some of the county’s best accommodation options and explore some of the region’s most famous attractions. Nottinghamshire is a county steeped in history.

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire’s principal city, is a large conurbation with over 600,000 inhabitants. The area around Nottingham was settled more than 10,000 years ago and became an important area for the Romans. The famous Roman road, The Fosse Way, still extends through much of Nottinghamshire and makes up a large part of the modern A46 road.

In addition to having one of the best universities in the UK (Nottingham University), the city joined a select list of worldwide cities to be named a ‘City of Literature’ by UNESCO in 2015. This was in recognition for the city’s literary heritage connecting it with Lord Byron, D. H. Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe.

Nottingham also lays claim to being named the ‘Home of English Sport’ after a Visit Britain campaign in 2015. In addition to its proud football heritage, being the named the UK’s first City of Football in 2014, the city also houses the internationally famous cricket ground Trent Bridge. In addition, the city has famous professional rugby and ice hockey teams.

Other principal towns in Nottinghamshire include Mansfield, Beeston, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Carlton, West Bridgford, Worksop, Arnold, Newark-on-Trent, Hucknall and Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Stay In Britain has some excellent accommodation choices in many of these towns including hotels, B&Bs and self-catering apartments.

Nottinhamshire has many historic buildings that draw many thousands of tourists every year. These include the incredible Wollaton Hall, a former Elizabethan country house and estate (from the late 1500s) that how houses both the Nottingham Natural History Museum and the Nottingham Industrial Museum. The surrounding parkland has a herd of deer and is extremely popular weekend destination.

Many visitors to Nottinghamshire also choose to visit the ancient inn ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ in Nottingham which dates back to 1189 AD. Although not the oldest pub in Nottinghamshire, it is believed that Richard the Lionheart stayed here as he made his away across England. Southwell is another popular visitor attraction thanks to its incredible 14th century Minster, Southwell Workhouse and the National Trust’s beautiful Clumber Park.

Whether you are looking for a holiday house or cottage in the Nottinghamshire area or a self-catering apartment for a business trip, our accommodation search engine will help you find the perfect place. From converted barns to modern luxury hotels, we have range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.

As one of the larger counties in the East Midlands region, Nottinghamshire shares a land border with Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, Derbyshire to the west and South Yorkshire to the north west.

Nottinghamshire / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Nottingham
  • Land Area: 2,160 km2 (830 square miles)
  • Population: 1,154,195 (2019)
  • Population Density: 535/km2 (1,390/square miles)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 21°C)
  • Days Of Rain: 172 days of rain / 194 dry days per year

Best Attractions In Nottinghamshire

Sherwood Forest: No visit to Nottinghamshiore would be complete with out a visit to Sherwood Forest, the former home of the legendary ‘Robin Hood’. Sherwood Forest remains a Royal Forest and embodies 423.2 hectares of woodland, although the forest would have been much larger at the time of Robin Hood (at one point the forest covered a quarter of Nottinghamshire). Now classified as the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, this is a wonderful natural resource for all members of the family.

Clumber Park: Bought by the National Trust in 1946, Clumber Park is a large country park located near Worksop. The park is made up of the former grounds and gardens of the large county house which was sadly damaged in a series of fires and subsequently demolished in 1938. However, a Gothic Style chapel and a large 4 acre walled garden survive. This incredible park is open to the public all year round.

Newark Air Museum: Located at the former RAF Winthorpe near Newark-on-Trent, the museum contains a large collection of very rare aircraft including several Lightnings, Avro Vulcan, MIG 23, MIG 27 and Saab Draken. The museum regularly hosts the annual ‘Cockpitfest’ where people can visit and get inside the cockpits of a large number of privately owned cockpits.

Best Accommodation In Nottinghamshire

Brough near CollinghamCarver’s Rest (Southwell): Sleeping 6 people across 2 bedrooms, Carver’s Rest is a superb holiday cottage located in Southwell, arguably one of the prettiest towns in Nottinghamshire. Accommodation is arranged across one level too so it is perfect for people with limited mobility. We absolutely love Carver’s Rest and it comes highly recommended.

Dovecote Field House Farm, Brough near Collingham, NottinghamshireDovecote Field House Farm (Collingham): Recently renovated to a very high standard, Dovecote Field House sleeps 4 people across 2 bedrooms. There is a lovely courtyard to the read of the property for lazy breakfasts or relaxed drinks after a busy day exploring the local area. The cottage is close to the new RSPB reserve in RSPB Langford Lowfields and both Nottingham and Lincoln are easily accessible.

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Stay In Britain is the ultimate guide to places to stay and things to do in Great Britain. Whether you are looking for a luxury self-catering cottage, a cheap B&B for a weekend stay, a short break in a caravan park or a business-friendly hotel in the Nottinghamshire area, we have everything you need. Enjoy your stay in Britain!