City of Caves

7 unusual things to do in Nottingham

There are many unusual and unique things to do in Nottingham that you can’t do anywhere else in the world, let alone the UK. These unusual attractions are normally forgotten or overlooked by tourists who just want to do the ‘usual’ things like shopping. To save you wondering what to do on your next visit here are some of the most unusual things to do in Nottingham.

1. City of Caves

City of Caves
Source: Harts Nottingham

This network of caves is under the city of Nottingham, and there are hundreds of them as they’re manmade. The caves have been in use for thousands of years, and you can still go down there now, as the National Justice Museum do regular tours. It costs only £6.95 for students (with an NUS card) or £7.95 for adults.

2. Park Tunnel

Park Tunnel
Source: Architectural Technology

The tunnel is 350 feet long, and was built in the mid-1800s so that the owners of The Park Estate could easily travel to Derby Road. The tunnel is still in use today, and pedestrians use it to get from Derby Road, Upper College Street, and The Ropewalk to get to the park.

3. Sneinton Dragon

Sneinton Dragon
Source: Nottingham Post

The Sneinton Dragon may not be an old landmark, but it is certainly an impressive one worth going to look at. The stainless-steel dragon was first shown to the public late 2006, and it is 7 feet tall, but the wings span out to 15 feet. The dragon was created by a local craftsman, Robert Stubley, who spent months sculpting it so the locals could enjoy a public piece of art.

4. Major Oak

Major Oak
Source: Sherwood Forest

Nottingham is home to the largest and one of the oldest oak trees’ in England, and it is said to have been the hideout of Robin Hood and his merry men. The tree is located in Sherwood Forest, and the trunk is roughly 33 feet around, but the tree covers an area of nearly 100 feet. The Major Oak has always been given the title of ‘England’s Tree of the Year’ by The Woodland Trust.

5. The Sky Mirror

Sky Mirror
Source: Wikipedia

The mirror was put outside the Nottingham Playhouse in 2001 and is nearly 6 metres long in diameter. The mirror is made up from strips of stainless steel that have been polished to create a highly reflective surface. It’s a great source of amusement and can help create some amazing selfies.

6. The Lost City

Lost City Adventure Golf
Source: Lost City Adventure Golf

This is great for anyone who wants an interactive adventure set in a rainforest whilst playing mini golf. The lost city anything but a normal golf course and are open every day of the week. You can play 18 holes for £8.50 or 36 holes for £14. They also have student discounts available on Mondays-Thursdays.

7. The Arboretum

The Arboretum
Source: Mercure Nottingham

This is a beautiful area of Nottingham nearby to the city centre with a botanical collection of flowers. It’s a great spot to meet friends, have picnics, and enjoy the weather. The park also contains more than 800 trees and is Nottingham’s oldest public park.

 

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