Nottinghamshire has a number of direct transport links, meaning there is no reason not to organise a group trip to the city.
Groups looking to experience the more historical side of Nottingham could choose to visit the oldest inn in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, established in 1189AD and housing some of that antique rustic charm. Amy Moore aims to provide useful information on taste, travel and tourism within the region.
Founded in 1993 by the Lace Market Heritage Trust, the Galleries of Justice Museum, formerly known as Shire Hall, is an independent registered charity and the only museum of its kind in Europe. Awarded a generous 4.8 stars on Google Reviews, the destination aims to document three centuries worth of Crime and Punishment through free exhibitions and performance led tours, promoting a heavy reliance on corporate hospitality to function. The attraction has been based in Nottingham’s archaic courthouse and jail, with groups welcomed to embark its haunted halls alongside actors to guide through its history. Such performance tours are available Wednesday through to Sunday during term time and more frequently over the holidays. Recently introduced are new ghost and terror tours inclusive of sites not usually open for public viewing. Open seven days a week, it is strongly advised that guests pre book to secure a space. The museum consists of five floors, with convenient lift access from the first floor. Those with a limited capacity can enjoy a tailored virtual tour, with booking essential.
Kelham Hall and Country Park boasts a prestigious housing estate set within 42 acres of East Midland parkland. A site rich in history, its former standing as a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks leaves behind a characteristic domed chapel. The venue is highly commended for its large banqueting and business conference facilities, with four spacious interiors suitable for groups. The Dome is the largest of the lot, capable of accommodating parties of 700 within a traditional brick and concrete interior. Reflecting a more tribal vibe is The Carriage Court, which provides adequate space for 150 guests. The Music Room mirrors designs by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, with large windows allowing natural light to enter a more sublime setting. Alternatively, The Drawing Room invites a more intimate arena, with a capacity of up to 80 guests. Additional private dining options are also available. Activities for groups include a day fishing site situated along the banks of the River Trent, housing 22 pegs in total. Private hall tours are available every Sunday, with groups attending invited to meet in the main hall reception. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Open daily from 0800hrs to 1800hrs, requests for evening openings are permitted.
Here at GTW we love the occasional visit to a world renowned English Heritage site, with Rufford Abbey enticing visitors to view the well preserved remains of an original Cistercian Abbey. Groups can stand witness to an angelic stone urn in detail and embark upon the building’s uniquely decorated entrance, with a stunning view of its botanic gardens. A structure dating from around 1170, it was later restored as part of a 17th century mansion set in Rufford Country Park. The Abbey and Park were acquired by Nottinghamshire County Council in 1952, with a decision made to demolish the north and east wings of the establishment. Of course, it is free to enter with opening times varied throughout the year. Until October, the site will remain open daily between 1000hrs and 1700hrs. GTW would highly recommend visiting as late as possible in the summer season to perhaps enjoy a more romantic setting. ‘The Sherwood Arrow’ service by Stagecoach provides adequate bus access and cycling is permitted via the National Cycle Network. The Abbey can be approached from a designated car park as guests cross over a 19th century Jacobean style bridge to reach their destination. For more information contact 01623 821338.
As reported by sister publication CBW in its June 18 issue, Nottingham is set to become the European Electric Bus Capital. A modernised tram system dominates, operated by Nottingham Express Transit (NET) with an aim to provide direct connections to the most iconic tourism attractions in the area, some travelling as far as Hucknall. It is estimated to take less than eight minutes to travel across the town, with Nottingham being branded England’s least car dependent city. An alternative bus service is operated by Nottingham City Transport, departing daily from Nottingham’s Broad Marsh and Victoria Bus Stations. Adequate coach travel is provided by National Express Coaches, who operate a direct route from London Victoria that is estimated to take around 2hrs 45mins. For overseas visitors, a 24 hour service from East Midlands International Airport is available, taking just 55mins to reach the destination. For more localised travel information, call Traveline East Midlands on 0871 200 22 33.
PLACES TO EAT: ANNIE’S BURGER SHACK
Annie’s Burger Shack opened in Nottingham in 2009, remaining a fresh destination to include on one’s itinerary. Offering an alternative spin on the popular fast food experience, the restaurant serves up to 30 American-style dishes, with individually selected ales to wash down. All burgers are homemade using locally sourced beef and are served with a side of curly fries, skinny fries or potato wedges. Items featured on the menu can be made vegetarian or vegan friendly upon request, catering to a range of dietary needs. Some burgers are named after well-known icons. The Elvis for example, was inspired by the musician, smothered with peanut butter and raspberry jam. The Johnny Cash features the more traditional vegetable with a sweet hot chilli paste. More traditionally, The Sherwood, dedicated to the local outlaw, has been topped with sautéed broccoli and melted cheese. Reservations for more than six guests are required via email, though there may be a delayed response time, so those keen should book at least 10 days in advance.