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‘The Trip’ as it is known locally takes its name from the crusaders who were reputed to have stopped of at the hostelry back in the middle ages. Dating back to 1189 AD, it’s argued that it’s the oldest pub in England or even the world according to some. This is debated by a couple of other pubs in Nottingham though. The argument revolves around when The Trip actually became a pub rather than the age of the building which is not in doubt.

 What is very unusual about the place is that part of the pub is hewn out of caves set at the foot of the Nottingham Castle rock. From the medieval game set in the wall of the initial downstairs bar up to the most recent bar opened from a newly opened cave upstairs, the pub reeks of originality. A legend surrounds the model galleon ship that resides above an upper bar in a glass case. The ship used to hang in a hole in the cave roof for many years, covered in cobwebs as it was reputed that anyone touching it would come to grief, (several people died apparently!)The fact that the pub is a well-visited tourist destination does not detract from its appeal. Although completely unique, it still retains the feel of a decent local. If you should find yourself in Nottingham, try not to miss this place, as its situated only five minutes walk away from the city’s central Old Market Square.

Our home city of Nottingham has long been synonymous with the production of high quality lace, but finding a manufacturer and supplier in the city for our new range of luxury lace masks proved to be much more difficult than you would first imagine.

At its peak the lace industry in Nottingham employed 14000 women and 6000 men.  This is where the old myth that there are more eligible women than men in Nottingham originates from.  The numbers became even more lop-sided when the First World War broke out in 1914, but (...and listen carefully lads), I can confirm that this is no longer the case today.

Today, the grand Victorian factories and warehouses of the Lace Market district have largely been recycled as swanky new apartments and trendy bars (filled with boys looking for twice their number of eligible girls), whilst the actual production of genuine Nottingham lace has all but disappeared.

Nottingham Castle today is a vibrant museum and art gallery housing a vast collection of silver, glass, decorative items, visual arts, paintings and Nottinghamshire Archaeology and History. The galleries also bring the best regional, national and international artist's work to the City.

Nottingham Castle is 10 minutes walk from Nottingham City centre, with easy access from train and bus stations. Parking is close by. The Castle is a great place for children, with interactive displays, and an activity - led gallery bringing paintings to life, specifically for the under 5's, plus a medieval - style playground in the grounds with covered picnic area.

Ye Old Trip To Jerusalem



Discover a hidden world beneath the streets of Nottingham.

City Of Caves at Nottingham is accessed at the upper mall level of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, close to the Broadmarsh and Fletcher Gate car parks, and five minutes from Nottingham Train Station. City Of Caves is a subterranean family attraction that is part of a complex of up to 400 caves dating back to the Dark Ages, the last of which were in use until as late as 1924. Indeed, Nottingham has more man-made caves than anywhere else in Britain, and the cave network has Ancient Monument Protection.

The area was originally known as Tiggua Cobaucc, meaning ‘Place of Caves’, and the first extant reference to Tiggua Cobaucc was in The Life Of King Alfred, by Welsh monk and historian, Asser, the Bishop of Sherborne, who visited Nottingham around 900 AD. The caves were likely used for housing as early as the 11th century, and troglodytes were certainly recorded in the 17th century. Many were inhabited until 1845, when the St. Mary’s Enclosure Act banned the rental of cellars and caves as homes for the poor, though the practice doubtless continued underground!

Major Oak

Sherwood Forest is home to the famous Major Oak, which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood's principal hideout. The oak tree is between 800 and 1,000 years old and, since the Victorian era, its massive limbs have been partially supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. In February 1998, a local company took cuttings from the Major Oak and began cultivating clones of the famous tree with the intention of sending saplings to be planted in major cities around the world.

The Galleries of Justice is a museum of crime and punishment and is housed in the old nottinghamshire hall. the galleries stands on a site dating back to 600AD and is the base for Nottingham's original Saxon settlement. in these days Nottingham was known as Snotta Inga Ham, which means village belonging to Snotta. it is not known whether the site of the galleries was used for justice and imprisonment in the dark ages due to the lake of written records. however archaeologists have uncovered some major clues in the sandstone caves which suggests that the site was linked with punishment and imprisonment for Saxon times onwards.

Based at Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol, there are many ways to explore the Galleries of Justice Museum, with free exhibitions, audio & performance led tours and a themed café.

Whatever you choose to do, you will be delving in to the dark and disturbing past of crime and punishment.

Nottingham Lace Market

Nottingham Castle - The Home of Robin Hood

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