Nottingham

Widely known as the historic haunt of Robin Hood and his adversary the sheriff, only the gatehouse of the original castle now remains in Nottingham. There's a statue of Robin though, ideal for posing with for photos. These days, Nottingham is a vibrant commercial, university and cultural city. With a compact centre surrounded by diverse neighbourhoods, excellent transport links and some extensive parks and green spaces, Nottingham is a friendly city and a great place to bring up children.

History is brought to life at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Galleries of Justice, Green's Windmill and the city's caves. Present day culture is showcased at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Lakeside Arts Centre. The Theatre Royal, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Concert Hall and Capital One Arena provide top quality performance. All offer children's and family activities.

The city provides excellent shops and places to eat. The historic Lace Market and adjoining Hockley house quirky shops, bars and cafes. High Street shops are in the Victoria Centre, Exchange Arcade, Broadmarsh Centre and the streets in between.

Wollaton Park and Attenborough Nature Reserve are the largest of the city's green spaces, each offering activities, visitor facilities and a café, as well as space to run about in.

With a strong sporting heritage, including two football teams and a test cricket ground, Nottingham hosts the National Ice and Water Sports Centres and offers innumerable opportunities to get involved in sport, at all levels.

Please see our local listings for more detail and suggestions, or drop into our talk board and say hello.

Your local editor is Charlotte, you can contact her at nottingham@mumsnetlocal.com

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