The National Museum of Justice in Nottingham is a museum of crime and punishment which is based in the former courthouse and county gaol. The building is packed with history and your tour will include the perfectly preserved court room, which was still being used a couple of decades ago. Your tour then continues as you follow the steps of condemned men, from the dock, down to the former prison cells below.
The Workhouse in Southwell is one of Britain’s best preserved workhouses from the Victorian era, operated as a historical attraction by the National Trust. It was built by the local churches to look after the infirm in their parishes, but also to take in those who couldn’t maintain their own home through lack of employment.
Green’s Windmill in Nottingham is two tourist attractions rolled into one. Firstly, it was the childhood home of significant mathematician George Green, and those who are interested in his impact on society and maths, come to see it because of that. Secondly, it’s a working windmill that makes its own flour and has a science centre too, so people with no interest in maths whatsoever will come too!
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is Nottingham’s most famous pub. It’s also reputedly England’s oldest inn having the date of 1189 painted on the outside although this is disputed in other parts of the country. Whatever the accuracy of this claim, it’s a fascinating place to visit and you shouldn’t overlook it.
Trent Bridge is one of the world’s most famous test cricket grounds and it has seen much development over the years. The history of the ground still remains though in the shape of the traditional pavilion. Apart from international cricket, Trent Bridge is also the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
Newstead Abbey is the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron and it’s an attraction you cannot miss if you’re coming to Nottinghamshire. The house and gardens are beautiful and to this day the house retains its medieval character. There’s also lots of evidence of the life of Byron too who spent his wealth enjoying life as a play-boy of his day.
Nottingham is the home of the world famous ice dancers Torvill and Dean and they began skating on this site. The National Ice Centre is an impressive shiny replacement for the tired old rink that used to be here and inside you’ll find two olympic sized rinks. One is dedicated to public skating and the other one known as the arena which is used for shows, concerts and Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey games.
Wollaton Hall is set in one of England’s finest urban parks complete with deer and it’s just a few miles from the city centre of Nottingham. The hall was used as Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” with Christian Bale, but it’s actually the city of Nottingham’s Natural History Museum.