Nottingham is home to a number of well-regarded schools and colleges, such as The Bluecoat Academy, which admits pupils from 3 – 19 years old, Middleton Primary and Nursery School and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School. Secondary schools include Nottingham Girls Academy and Ellis Guilford School, while independents include Nottingham Girls’ High School and Nottingham High School, founded in the 16th century.
Both Central College and New College provide a range of apprenticeships, vocational and academic courses, and the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University offer a wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to retail therapy in Nottingham. The city has two shopping centres – the Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh, which between them count around 150 chain, department and independent stores. Away from the bustle of the malls, areas like Hockley, Bridlesmith Gate and Derby Road attract shoppers looking for designer boutiques, vintage fashion emporiums and specialist retailers. Head to Market Square for the regular farmers’ markets that take place there, or to Flying Horse Walk and the Exchange Arcade for speciality foods, arts and crafts, gifts and luxury goods.
Eating out in Nottingham is a smorgasbord of choice with something to suit all palates across the city’s restaurants, cafés and bars. Cuisines from around the world are represented here, a foodie heaven of Chinese, Indian, Italian, Greek and Caribbean dishes, to name but a few, with well-known family restaurant chains sitting alongside independents throughout the main shopping areas.
Hockley has become a favourite among those after a taste of European café culture, with a selection of establishments offering al fresco dining, especially popular during the warmer months.
Tea rooms and quirky cafés enjoy an appreciative audience in the many students, tourists and residents that converge here daily, with popular venues such as Lee Rosey’s on Broad Street, which sells more than 100 varieties of tea as well as staging exhibitions by local artists, and Homemade, runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015 best cheap eats category.
Vegetarians and vegans are catered for at the Alley Café Bar, while Jam Café serves food by day and live music by night. There’s a smattering of celebrity eateries and even two Michelin star fine dining at Restaurant Sat Bains.
When it comes to traditional pubs, they don’t come much more traditional than Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, which claims to be the oldest pub in the country, dating back to the 12th century. Located next to Castle Rock, home to Nottingham Castle, it extends into the sandstone caves which lie beneath.
Designated a UNESCO City of Literature, thanks to its connections to authors Lord Byron and DH Lawrence, and voted the Home of English Sport in 2015, Nottingham is rich in cultural and sporting heritage. Theatres, music venues, art galleries and museums grace its streets, while its architecture – Nottingham Castle, the Council House in Old Market Square, the industrial buildings of the Lace Market to name but a few – attract visitors from around the world.
Outdoors, Sherwood Forest is the city’s most famous green space. The legendary home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, it today encompasses Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, Sherwood Pines Forest Park and Rufford Abbey Country Park. Robin’s hideout, the Major Oak, is the main attraction of the 450-acre nature reserve, while Sherwood Pines offers treetop adventure, with climbing ropes and zip wires, as well as, at ground level, cycling and walking trails.
Nottingham is also home to the National Ice Centre, a centre of excellence for ice sports, and the National Water Sports Centre, situated in the 270-acre Holme Pierrepont Country Park. The latter has a gym, an adventure park and nature trails, as well as offering sessions in sailing, rowing, canoeing, open water swimming and white water rafting.
Culture buffs will find a full programme of drama, dance and family entertainment at the Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse, while the Lace Market Theatre stages drama from its in-house amateur group and the Nottingham Arts Theatre welcomes both amateur and professional companies.
Many of the city’s pubs play host to live music, and its premier music venues – the Royal Concert Hall, Capital FM Arena, Rock City and the Albert Hall – present concerts from national and international artists.
Nottingham Railway station is a 15-minute drive from the development and from there services operate to numerous towns and cities, including Grantham (30 minutes), Sheffield (50 minutes) and London (1hr 42 mins).
Major roads easily accessible from The Limes include the A6514 Western Boulevard, which is part of the Nottingham Ring Road, the A52 and the M1. Nottingham also has a tram system and the nearest stop to the development is Wilkinson Street, around two miles away. For national and international air travel the nearest airport is East Midlands Airport, 25 minutes’ drive away via Remembrance Way (A453).
Local area information, including retail, leisure or other amenities is intended as general guidance only. References to schools and other educational establishments are included to illustrate their proximity to the development and should not be regarded as a guarantee of eligibility or admission. Travel times are approximate and by car unless otherwise stated.