Historical Things To Do In Nottingham

We all know about the legend of Robin Hood, don’t we? Nottinghamshire is steeped in History.

Here are some places we think you should visit whilst studying at The University Of Nottingham…

– Nottingham Castle

The first Norman Castle was a wooden structure and was of a Motte and bailey design. It was built in 1067, a year after the Battle Of Hastings, on the orders Of William The Conqueror. A strong structure was built during the reign of King Henry II.

In the legends of Robin Hood, Nottingham Castle was the scene of the final showdown between the sheriff and the hero outlaw.

– The Original Nottingham Ghost Walk

Starting at Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, said to be the oldest Inn in England complete with old dungeons and a condemned cell. You will hear about grisly pasts, myths, and legends. You will also hear about the history of Nottingham Castle and may even take a trip to the former General Hospital.

You can then take to the haunted caves below Ye Old Salutation.

– Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey was formerly Augustinian Priory and was converted to a domestic home following the dissolution of the monasteries.

Contrary to its current name, it was never an Abbey. It was a Priory and was founded by King Henry II around 1170. In the late 13th Century, it was rebuilt and extended, then extended again in the 15th Century.

Sir John Byron of Colwick was granted Newstead Abbey by Henry VIII in 1540 and started converting it to a country house.

The Abbey is now publicly owned by Nottingham City Council and houses a museum containing Byron memorabillia.

– Sherwood Forest

Famous for its historic association with the legend of Robin Hod. The forest most people associate with Sherwood Forest is in fact called Birklands and Bilhaugh.

Ech year the nature reserve hold a week long Robin Hood Festival. The entertainment includes medieval attire, jesters, musicians, fire eaters, rat catchers, jousters and alchemists.

Sherwood Forest is home to the famous Major Oak tree which was said to be Robin Hood’s hideout. The tree is between 800 and 1000 years old.

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