Nottingham, Snottingham; same difference. Let us explain. Around 600AD, the site under the Kingdom of Mercia was named after Saxon chief Snot. Snottingham was located where the Lace District is found in the city today. Eventually the development included Old Market Square and the town built up rapidly around it as a thriving export hub of religious reliefs.
Overtime, the trade changed to textile and by the time the Industrial Revolution rolled around, Nottingham was booming, particularly in the lace industry. However, the city planned poorly for the growth and by the 19th century had some of the worst slums in the Empire; so bad in fact, that the towns people rioted and burnt down the Duke’s castle in 1832. Shortly after during the World War’s, the textile industry fell and much of the industrial parts of the city were renovated for different use.
Today much of the revitalized sections, like the Lace District, thrive on shopping, nightlife and culture. There is also plenty of beautiful architecture that has been restored to its original Victorian Era luster, when the city was at its prime. Nottingham is also the setting of the beloved tale of Robin Hood which contributes to its tourist appeal.
When to go
Nottingham experiences traditional English weather with a mild winter and rain fall throughout the year. January averages about 6 °C (43 °F) while July sees about 21 °C (70 °F).
From May through October the weather is wonderful and events plentiful. In spring check out local goods at the Newark and Nottinghamshire County Shoe and be silly at the Carlton Play Day and Arnold Carnival. Come summer do good and walk in the Diabetes UK Walk, check out the One City One World events, celebrate worldly culture at the Nottingham Mela and Carribbean Carnival, listen to local legends at the Robin Hood Festival, and bring your children to the Nottingham Children’s Festival. As autumn rolls around Nottingham provides plenty of ways to fatten up for warmth in winter by way of the CAMRA Robin Hood Beer Festival, Newark Food and Drink Festival, and the Nottingham Good Fair.
By Road: Nottingham is just off of the M1 motorway and roadways A52 and A46.
By Air: Nottingham is serviced by the East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire. There are many low cost choices to prime European destinations like Paris, Frankfurt, Belfast, and Amsterdam and some international flights to places like Florida, Mexico and Barbados. The larger Birmingham International Airport is about an hour from Nottingham and provides a wider access to major cities like New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Dubai as well as European destinations.
By Rail: The rail service by East Midlands Mainline from Nottingham railway station goes to London, Cross Country, and many local connects. There is also the Nottingham Express Transit light rail from Hucknall to the Nottingham station or the Phoenix Park (which is a park and ride close to the M1 motorway).
Drive: There are nearly 13,000 secure parking spaces and a Park and Rides just off of the motorways.
Glide: The Nottingham Express Transit has many stops around town including stops from many park and rides and other stations like Moor Bridge, Hucknall Railway station, Phoenix Park, Wilkinson Street, and the Forest.
Board: Nottingham City Transport and Trent Barton bus companies are the main ways to be bussed around and the brand new LocalBus is a thriftier alternative. There are also all day unlimited passes available through NCT.
Ride: There are a handful of private taxi companies as well as others that can be hailed from the streets. Licensed taxis will have a green window sticker on the right meaning that the drive is certified in quality customer care.