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5 reasons why you should absolutely visit Nottingham
pretty street of Nottingham

One of my goals for 2018 was to travel the UK more: After almost three years wandering inside our beautiful capital, it was more than time to start exploring all the other beautiful cities that the country has to offer. In January, my travel plans took me to Nottingham and I completely felt in love with the atmosphere of this lovely city. So here is my 5 reasons why you absolutely need to book a ticket to Nottingham soon!

REASON 1: HIPSTERS & GENTRIFICATION
coffee shop nottingham

The first thing that really caught my attention when I visited Nottingham was the number of barbers, hipster clothing retailers and independent coffee shops that can be found all around the city. Compared to Oxford, Bath or Bristol which have kept a very traditional British atmosphere, Nottingham has developed a very hipstery vibe that will definitely pleased the vintage fans out there.Here is a little list of all the places you might want to see while visiting!

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The hipster shop

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200 degrees coffee

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Outpost Coffee Roasters

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Diallingln Coffee Shop

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The Speciality Coffee Shop

REASON 2: VINTAGE SHOPS AND FLEA MARKETS
vintage shop Nottingham

If there is one place that I would definitely recommend to shop for vintage and second hand clothes, it would have to be Nottingham. I was so surprised to see so many nice shops and such a good selection of articles, especially that cheap. And when I say cheap, I mean super cheap: Paul Smith’s tee shirts for 2£ each, Lacoste’s sweatshirt for about the same price etc…And don’t forget, all the proceed goes to charity, so don’t be shy!

REASON 3: NOTTINGHAM CASTLE
nottingham castle view

If Nottingham rings a bell, that’s probably because, like me, you used to watch the adventures of Robin Hood on television when you were kid, no? If so, don’t forget to pay a visit to the castle. The ticket cost 8£ but allows for a free return…and I personally used my return on the same day to catch a different light. The view from up there is really lovely and offers a beautiful perspective over the Park, a very fancy and lovely neighbourhood of Nottingham. There is also a small museum and a guided tour of the caves that I save up for my next visit!

REASON 4: THE OLDEST PUB IN THE UK
The oldest pub in the UK

I know, I know, it’s probably the tenth time already that you visited the oldest pub of England, am I right? Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is said to be the oldest pub of the country, established in 1189 AD.  Who knows, right? It’s worth seeing it, don’t you think? Ok, if you still need to be convinced, I should tell you that the pub does look really pretty and that it’s located right by the castle, so no excuse not to visit it!

REASON 5: A CHANCE TO SEE THE SNOW
The park Nottingham

Ok, this one might be a bit tricky but if like me, you are lucky enough to plan a trip to Nottingham while it’s snowing, I am sure you won’t regret your visit. Covered of it’s beautiful layer of white snow, the city was absolutely gorgeous. I would definitely recommend to pay a visit to the Park which was incredibly beautiful.

MERCURE HOTEL NOTTINGHAM
Mercure Hotel Nottingham

Once again, I had the privilege to organise my stay in partnership with Mercure Hotels. It’s my fourth stay with the group and it honestly keeps getting better and better. Each property has its own identity and Nottingham was definitely very different from Bristol, Oxford or Banbury. I can’t say which one would be my favourite so far but Nottingham definitely goes directly into the top 3!

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The room was HUGE, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, room I have ever stayed in. Located in the 5th floor of the building, the suite was composed of a beautiful entrance, a living area which connects by a secret door (I loved that detail!) to a big bedroom leading to an en-suite bathroom.

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Very modern with a touch of burlesque atmosphere, the George Suite is a treat that I would easily get used to!

Mercure Hotel Nottingham
Mercure Hotel Nottingham
Mercure Hotel Nottingham
Mercure Hotel Nottingham
Mercure Hotel Nottingham
Mercure Hotel Nottingham
What to see in Nottingham

Have you ever been to Nottingham? What did you like the most about the city?

11 Comments
  • Stephanie Archibald
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    Nottingham is most definitely o.j. my bucket list! Thank you for the pictures and the tips.

    25 février 2018 at 8:48
  • Saving this for future use! Nottingham is very high on my list!

    IG: @mallorieowens

    25 février 2018 at 11:21
  • Wow, what an incredibly beautiful place! I can’t wait to explore England in August. I will definitely put Nottingham on my list!

    Thanks for sharing these amazing photos and your insight. 🙂

    E. (insta: @holaitserica)
    http://www.holaitserica.com

    26 février 2018 at 3:13
  • Jenifers
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    I’m planning a trip in May. Can I day trip there from London?

    26 février 2018 at 4:51
  • claire
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    I’m studying in London for the next few months and want to see other parts of the UK so this helped a lot!! Will definitely make my way over there soon. Great tips and photos as always ❤️
    ig: claire.jc

    26 février 2018 at 10:55
  • Wow, wonderful place!

    20 avril 2018 at 12:40

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