Why Nottingham

As one of the East Midlands largest and most versatile cities, Nottingham offers a wide range of culture and activities to suit all tastes, providing plenty of options for your delegates and guests to relax and unwind during your event.

Here’s five reasons to choose Nottingham for your next conference, meeting or special event:

Central UK location

Nottingham’s central location with excellent transport links via road, rail and air makes it readily accessible to all, no matter where you’re travelling from. The M1 and M42 are both situated within a 25 minute drive of the City Centre and the East Midlands Airport is only 15 miles away. Nottingham’s Train Station provides direct routes into London St Pancras in less than 90 minutes as well as good regional services to all linking towns and cities in the East Midlands.

Compact city centre

Getting around Nottingham is made simple with a comprehensive tram and bus network providing great transport links throughout the city. All local amenities are located within walking distance, allowing guests and delegates to explore the city with ease. Nottingham is also one of the few cities to be accredited with a Purple Flag award for its variety, safety and cleanliness.

The East Midlands' entertainment capital

Nottingham provides an eclectic mix of entertainment options including continental style piazza venues with al fresco dining, theatres and comedy clubs, as well as the oldest pub in England, ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ and the UK's only pub with a canal running through it, The Canalhouse. Plus, with over 300 restaurants offering a mix of international cuisines to suit all tastes and budgets, your guests won’t be short of places to wine and dine.

Numerous sporting venues

The city has a long history of producing and developing sporting icons and there is plenty of sport to do and see. From iconic venues like the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and the Nottingham Forest ground to Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre and the National Ice Centre, there is no shortage of great places to visit during a stay in Nottingham.

Culture and diversity

Nottingham has always been a city of many cultures and faiths, with a population from all over the world. The city was home to the legendary Robin Hood, famous writer D H Lawrence, football manager Brian Clough and world renowned fashion designer Paul Smith. In any one day, visitors can enjoy live theatre plays, musicals, operas and dance performances, as well as some amazing site seeing like Nottingham Castle, Galleries of Justice or a pleasant walk around Sherwood Forest.

For more information on restaurants and other local attractions, visit Experience Nottingham’s website.