Nottingham: A Family Day Out

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Planning a family trip on a budget can be a tedious task and one that no one looks forward to. When seeking for the best value day out, you have to look away from the usual go-to cities such as London – this is why Nottingham is perfect.

Although Nottingham does boast a comfortable amount of tourism on an annual basis (worth £1.5 billion), Robin Hood country is not the first destination that comes to mind when looking for a family day out. As one of the largest cities in the country, Nottingham has a lot to offer thrill-seeking families.


There are family-friendly activities aplenty, such as crazy golf at The Lost City Adventure Golf, archery at The Adrenalin Jungle and three major sports venues consisting of Meadow Lane, The City Ground and Trent Bridge.

At the Motorpoint Arena, there is guaranteed to be an event of interest and, even when there isn’t, the indoor arena houses a restaurant and an ice rink where families can get their skates on. Even if you have never stepped foot on the ice in your life, friendly instructors are on hand, although that’s not to say everyone else won’t get a kick out of watching you fall on your bum!

Another must-visit spot in Nottingham is the National Videogame Arcade centre, which makes for the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the kids. With a selection of games new and old, families can get stuck into old favourites such as Pac Man, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog amongst countless of others. We are sure that parents will enjoy this every bit as much as the kids.

Getting to Nottingham

For the most part, getting to Nottingham is no hardship with the city conveniently located in the Midlands, not too far away from other major cities such as Birmingham, Leicester and Sheffield.

If you are planning on driving, you will be looking to take the A52 if you are travelling south of Nottingham or the A60 if you are coming down from the north. Equally, the city is easily reached by train with East Midlands Trains acting as the major rail service in the area. This service runs regularly between Liverpool and Luton, covering most of England.

When you are in Nottingham, the local tram service will be able to get you to most locations in the city will little to no worry. It is recommended that you check for any service updates if you will be relying on the tram during your stay in Nottingham, as your trip may be affected by delays.

Staying in Nottingham

As Nottingham is one or the largest cities in the country, there is no shortage of hotels to stay overnight. Families on a budget will do well to look at some of the bed and breakfasts located around Nottingham, which offer a fine place to eat before setting off on your journey.

So as to reduce your journey time to the bare minimum, plan your day out before travelling and decide on a hotel that will be close to where you plan on visiting. Not only will this make your day easier, but you can benefit from helpful advice from locals that know the area, advising on the best restaurants for a place to eat and other amenities.

Like anywhere, the closer to the city centre you stay the higher the price you will be expected to pay per night, although you will find that prices are still well below what you would expect in London.

If you have not been to Nottingham before, or merely passed through the city, make a point of spending a day or weekend and experiencing everything that is on offer. You will be guaranteed an excellent trip that does not weight heavy on the pockets.


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