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5 Places to Visit from Nottingham Within 45 Mins

11 Jun 2018
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With many pubs and restaurants dotted around the city, there’s plenty in Nottingham to keep you busy for a day. But if you’re looking for something more, perhaps somewhere to new to broaden your horizons or to fill your lungs with some fresh countryside air we’ve found five towns and cities worth hopping on a train for.

Leicester

30 minutes by train

The shopping scene in Leicester is truly second-to-none. If you’re into some retail therapy, Leicester is home to a huge variety of shops, markets, boutiques, and department stores. Venture down the winding cobbles of the Lanes and get drowned out by the cries of deli traders in Leicester Market – a spectacular indoor and outdoor market for foodies to fawn over.

Leicester is also home to a number of impressive heritage attractions, including the Roman baths, industrial artefacts, and the newly discovered burial place of Richard III. It’s also bursting with state-of-the-art venues like Curve, Highcross Leicester, and the National Space Centre, to name a few – which means a calendar of events and festivals.

Mansfield

35 minutes by train

Mansfield is located on the edge of the countryside, providing a beautiful scenery for a relaxing walk and easy access to the Sherwood Forest – famed as the home of Robin Hood. So if you need a little time away from all the assignments and deadlines, this is the perfect destination for you. Just make sure you don’t leave before checking out the Mansfield Market: opening five days a week (from Tuesday to Saturday), it offers farm-fresh, high-quality local produce that is perfect for making a home-cooked meal.

Alternatively, why not make like a real-life Robin Hood and head to Hart Of Sherwood Archery Club to try your luck with a bow and arrow!)

Derby

30 minutes by train

Engineering students, take note: Derby is famous for its many factories and spinning mills, as well as for its later factories of Rolls Royce, Royal Crown Derby, and Railway engineering factories – therefore would make an entertaining and educational choice for your day-out. In terms of its location, Derby is the UK’s most central city, and benefitting from the best of both worlds; the green of the and beautiful Peak District National Park, and a the thriving multi-cultural diversity of the city centre. Your visit won’t be complete without a trip to the boutique shops lining Saddle Gate or checking out the city’s bustling nightlife!

Newark-on-Trent

40 minutes driving

Newark-on-Trent is another Nottinghamshire town famed for its market. This picturesque town boasts many historic sites, including the ruins of Newark Castle, a real landmark within the town. The culture vultures among you might be interested in taking the Nottinghamshire Civil War Trail, which will take you on a journey through the key historical locations around Newark and beyond.

Matlock

45 minutes driving

Whether it’s good facilities for shopping or scenic surroundings that you’re after, Matlock is a charming little hotspot. The town was built as a fashionable spa in the 19th century. These days, it’s a designated conservation area so a lot of work has gone into conserving and protecting the buildings, including Smedley’s Hydro (now the offices of Derbyshire County Council) and the gothic-style Riber Castle.

Get your friends together for a picnic, or view the town in all its glory from the Heights of Abraham – a cable-car adventure, which takes you above the trees. It’s not for the faint hearted, but the views make it well worthwhile.

If you’ve found our recommendations helpful, remember that there’s more where that came from – take a look at our other local guides. And don’t forget to give us a shoutout on Facebook and tag us in your ‘gram if you do decide to check out these places!