Things to do Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Nottingham – Things to do

Average time spent – Up to 3+ hours.

Things to do in Nottingham review

Nottingham is one of my favourite cities in the UK. I even lived there for a few years of my life. The centre itself is relatively compact and there’s a lot of history to it including a castle and the oldest Inn in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

Cinemas in Nottingham

They are not lacking cinemas in Nottingham. There is:
Cineworld Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux, Broadway cinema and Savoy Cinema.

Climbing Centres Nottingham and Outskirts

Average time of visit for each – 1-2 hours. Indoors

Clip n’ climb – “The Clip ‘n Climb experience includes a 30 minute introduction, harness fitting and safety briefing then a full 55 minutes climbing, finally 5 minutes to remove harness and exit the arena. At Clip ‘n Climb, we make your whole experience as smooth as possible, from booking to climbing it’ll be a breeze.”

Depot climbing – Kids – “Climbing is a fantastic way for children to exercise along with having a great time and making new friends. Here at the Depot Nottingham we run great clubs for our younger climbers. All abilities are catered for and we provide all the necessary climbing equipment. From absolute beginners, through to those wanting to compete at the highest standard; we have the expert tuition on hand:

Nottingham climbing centre – Kids climbing – “You can kick off with a Taster Session to see how you take to climbing (Little Monsters 5-7 years, Varmints 7-16 years), Then if you wish, sign up after this for the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) programme, which earns you Certificates of Achievement and takes you through from first steps to fully competent.”


Average time of visit – 1 hour. Indoors
For families ” Live escape games are getting more and more popular, and you can play right in the heart of Nottingham with iLocked. The basic idea is that you and your teammates have to solve a number of challenging puzzles and riddles within a limited time: you have just 60 minutes to escape. As well as trying something new and unique that will be sure to keep the kids entertained, many of our customers have told us how the teamwork and experiences involved whilst being
together in an escape room have brought the family together!”

Mr Mulligan’s Pirate Golf – Outskirts

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Outdoors
“Explore the lost seas me hearty, at Mr Mulligans, Nottingham. Whether you are looking for a fun family day out, or a spectacular children’s birthday, this outdoor venue is the perfect setting. Fantastic clubhouse bar and restaurant facilities extend the experience even further. 18 hole adventure golf, driving range and pitch and putt.”

National Ice Centre / Motorpoint arena

Average time of visit 1-2 hours. Indoors
The National Ice Centre is the place to join in with ice skating, perhaps join in with ice skating lessons and they also have a special tots zone in the centre for younger children to learn to skate. Also in this building, you will find the Motorpoint arena. This is home to some great annual events including WWE and Disney on Ice.

National Justice Museum & City of Caves

Average time of visit – 2+ hours. Indoors
“The National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade II* listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol. The museum uses original courtrooms, dungeons and prison cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a fun and interactive way. When visiting the museum you may also meet a variety of colourful historical characters with different stories of justice to tell”

Plus there is a new entrance to the caves underneath Nottingham “City of Caves is part of a hidden maze of over 500 original sandstone caves underneath the streets of Nottingham dating back to the dark ages. Investigate the social history of the caves and learn more about the events that once happened inside these fascinating underground dwellings. As part of your visit, you will see the only medieval underground tannery in the country, head to the Anderson air-raid shelter where thousands of people sought refuge during WWII and explore the remnants of Drury Hill Victorian slums.”

Nottingham Castle, museum and art gallery

Nottingham castle is currently undergoing a major transformation and is set to re-open in early 2021. Keep your eye on their website for further updates. “A total of £29.4 million is being invested to redevelop the Nottingham Castle site, including the Ducal Palace and Grounds and the sprawling cave systems hidden within the Castle Rock. The plans for this transformation are both ambitious and sympathetic.”

Quasar Elite, Lasar Tag

Average time of visit – 1-2 hours. Indoors
“Get the adrenaline pumping! Action-adventure battles take place in our huge multi-level combat arena, with lights, music, swirling smoke, and plenty of maze and sniper screens to pursue your opponents.” For ages 8 and over.

Robin Hood Experience

“The Robin Hood Experience is an interactive journey back through time to the world of Robin Hood. Meet a peasant family and learn what Robin Hood means to them, let Friar Tuck regale you with the tale of how he and Robin first met, stand trial before the Sheriff of Nottingham and travel to Sherwood Forest to hear how Robin and his friends humiliated the Sheriff! Along your journey, you will experience the sights, the sounds and the smells of Medieval Nottingham and meet all your favourite characters brought to life through the magic of Cinematic Hologram Technology so lifelike you’ll believe they are the real thing!”

Stonebridge City Farm

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Outdoors
Free to visit. Stonebridge City Farm is an urban farm in St Ann’s, Nottingham. It is relatively small in size. They have animals that you can feed, gardens to walk around plus a play area, cafe and shop. Donations are welcome.

Summertime beach in Old Market Square

Average time of visit – 1 hour. Outdoors
Every summer a pop-up beach comes to Old Market Square in the heart of Nottingham. There’s also fountains that kids can play in so be sure to take a change of clothes! It’s there from mid-July until the start of September. Expect “a number of traditional rides and games as well as beach BBQs and a bar catering for all ages. This year’s entertainment schedule is packed full of live music from local bands and artists, movie nights under the stars, beach volleyball tournaments and Just Ben hosting Variety on the Beach..”

Ten Pin Bowling Nottingham

Tenpin Nottingham – “Open early until late, you’re sure to find fun on the lanes at Tenpin Nottingham. While here, why not go for a game of pool on the UK or American pool tables or play on the wide selection of arcades. We also have laser tag at Tenpin Nottingham where you can go to combat in the Sector 7 laser arena against your enemies.”

Tenpin Nottingham – “Open early until late, you’re sure to find fun on the lanes at Tenpin Nottingham. While here, why not go for a game of pool on the UK or American pool tables or play on the wide selection of arcades. We also have laser tag at Tenpin Nottingham where you can go to combat in the Sector 7 laser arena against your enemies.”

Nottingham Bowl – “Family chain bowling facility with computerised scoring, a licensed bar, a diner and pool tables.”

Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal is located in the heart of the centre. It is a great theatre and has many family-friendly shows throughout the year. There is a yearly pantomime plus past events including Ben and Holly, Peppa Pig, the Gruffalo and more. It is an old traditional theatre with four levels and was first opened in 1865.

For soft play please see – Nottinghamshire Soft Play Centres

Prices and opening times vary. Please check the websites before visiting. For soft play please follow this link.

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