Anyone who knows anything will tell you that Nottingham is hands-down the best city to be a student in.
With its array of amazing venues for a night out, its beautiful campuses and excellent pair of unis in University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, it’s a hard city not to love.
To help you get even more out of your home away from home, we’ve made a list of the best things to do in Nottingham, according to TripAdvisor.
Where?: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham NG8 2AE
How much?: Free
This massive Elizabethan mansion sits in the heart of the even more massive Wollaton Park (which is 500 acres, a pretty impressive size). The park itself is gorgeous and well worth a look, but the mansion is a fantastic destination to end up at, with a myriad of attractions, tours and exhibitions to check out.
Where?: Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND
How much?: Tickets vary
This twinned pair of theatrical venues in Nottingham host a whole range of shows throughout the year, meaning theatregoers of all tastes can get their fix. Make sure to check out their schedule for the year to see when you want to pop down.
Where?: Drury Walk, Upper Level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham NG1 7LL
How much?: £6.95 for students
This enormous set of caves will make you feel like you’re starring in a slightly less scary version of The Descent. Dating back to 1250 AD, you can do your best Tomb Raider impression as you explore this fascinating network.
Where?: Waverley Street, Nottingham NG7 4HF
How much?: Free
The gorgeous Arboretum is the oldest public park in Nottingham, featuring more than 800 trees for you to give the X-Pro II treatment to on Instagram, some of which are more than 150 years old. The park is a great place to go and clear your head after a particularly stressful cramming session, or just a nice place to go and have a stroll and think about life.
Where?: Windmill Lane | Sneinton, Nottingham NG2 4QB
How much?: Free
Not only is it a beautiful sight in and of itself, this restored 19th century windmill is also home to an interactive science centre allowing kids (and young-at-heart adults) to be amazed by a whole host of experiments involving light, magnetism, electricity and more. It’s a surprisingly fun way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Where?: Off A 614 Deerdale Lane, Nottingham NG22 8SY
How much?: Varies by activity
This aptly-named outdoor activity centre features a veritable cornucopia of experiences, games and sports to get stuck into, inclhtuding, but not limited to, quad biking, paintballing, archery, assault courses, off-road karting and much more. This is a great way to either blow off some degree-related steam or to celebrate a big occasion. Just make sure you don’t wear nice clothes…
Where?: The Courtyard, Wollaton Hall, Nottingham NG8 2AE
How much?: £3
It can be nice every now and then to have a cosy day inside poking around an equally cosy museum. And the Nottingham Industrial Museum fits that bill perfectly. Run completely by volunteers, you can check out five galleries each dedicated to a local industry, or check out working steam engines on select days. Channel your inner Thomas the tank engine and check it out.
Where?: Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AL
How much?: Varies by show
This theatre, conveniently located in the city centre, presents what its website describes as ‘a wide variety of drama, music, dance, comedy and of course, the legendary Nottingham Playhouse pantomime’. It was founded more than half a century ago and continues to offer some fantastic shows you absolutely need to check out.