Our President’s guide to Nottingham

Richard Stewart, BAPS President

Nottingham’s truly got something for everyone with a thriving shopping scene and lively nightlife set amidst beautiful countryside with historic houses and of course Sherwood Forest.

Transport to the city centre couldn’t be easier with a regular tram service a short walk from the East Midlands Conference Centre located on the University campus where you could also go boating.

Our maps show Richard’s recommendations and where they are in relation to our Congress HQ, the EMCC – click on an icon to see more info.

Hidden gems in the city are:-



A little more up-market

And for fine cuisine visit


Or,  if you just want to indulge in puddings try “Heavenly Desserts”.

There are also many gorgeous bars such as:


Nottingham’s most exclusive specialty shopping venue, “The Exchange” occupies a nationally significant Grade II* listed building at the very heart of Nottingham’s vibrant city centre adjacent to the Council House and Market Square. A short walk from here takes you the Victoria Centre, another excellent shopping venue or to the Creative Quarter of Hockley that exudes bohemian charm and buzzes day and night.


Unfortunately Nottingham Castle is closed as part of a £29.4 million redevelopment scheme but you can still visit Nottingham City of Caves –  which is part of a hidden maze of over 500 original sandstone caves underneath the streets of Nottingham dating back to the dark ages. Or perhaps a Robin Hood Town Tour? Lakeside Arts , by the University and Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery are definitely worth seeing as is the National Justice Museum.

If you are a cricket fan Trent Bridge cricket ground and museum are close by as is the fabulous Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan mansion nestling in 500 acres of parkland with herds of red and fallow deer.

Further afield you can visit DH Lawrence’s home –  or Newstead Abbey, founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century and home to the poet Lord Byron set in 300 acres of stunning parkland and gardens. Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak are close by where legend has it that Robin Hood and his Merry Men took shelter.

Other local places of interest are Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge in North Nottinghamshire where you can see Britain’s only known Ice Age rock art and Lincoln Cathedral with its original copy of the Magna Carta.

Finally if history is your thing Charles I raised his Royal Standard marking the commencement of the English Civil War on Standard Hill just outside Nottingham Castle where a plaque is located and you can visit the National Civil War Centre –  or you could visit Mayflower Pilgrim visitor centre commemorating the infamous “Mayflower” journey to the birth of modern day America.


To help you find your way around there are a number of free apps available:

We look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham

Richard & Vandra Stewart,Your hosts in Nottingham