A Day in Nottingham

Nottingham has so much to offer whether you are a solo traveller, couple, day tripper or family. We have come up with some affordable itineraries to make the most of everything going on in the city and surrounding areas. Find our first itinerary below...

In the morning use our kitchen facilities to cook a delicious breakfast that will keep you going throughout the day. There is a Sainsburys and other food stores just over the road from us so you can get your breakfast essentials there. Or pop into one of the many cafes close by. Hartleys do a great breakfast, as do Plava Laguna if you are staying at Igloo Annexe and Pods!

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Then head across to the Nottingham Contemporary art museum. (FREE ENTRY! photo left) Afterwards you can explore the Galleries of Justice, a museum dedicated to exploring the history of British law and punishment, it's super interesting! Then after you might want to sit down for a cup of tea and cake, we recommend Lee Rosys in Hockley as they have over 100 types of tea to try! (My personal favourite is the vanilla tea).

After resting your legs you may want to take a trip to City of Caves where you’ll get to discover the hidden world beneath your feet. There are over 544 caves below Nottingham (read our blog about them). You can get a combination ticket to visit both the Galleries of Justice and City of Caves which is useful.

Lunch time! Head over to Malt Cross (photo below) not only has it got delicious food but the dining room is beautifully decorated with a big glass domed ceiling and lots of bunting, it’s the perfect place for a memorable lunch and has it's own heritage to explore.


Whilst you’re at The Malt Cross, pop into the shop next door called ‘Dukki’ for all your Nottingham souvenirs. ‘Dukki’ is a Nottingham term of endearment, you may hear locals in the street saying “Ayup m’duck” as it’s a widely used term for saying hello!

Now it’s time to explore Nottingham Castle. It may be called a castle but it’s actually a big stately home, the castle was burned down by angry locals a few hundred years ago. It later opened as an art gallery and museum, currently it is housing a Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition. 

Take a wander down the side street leading to the castle and you can get a picture with a statue of our local legend Robin Hood. Then stroll a little further and find the oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem..


Head back to Igloo to cook dinner and socialise in the kitchen with other guests and volunteers. Or you could try out Annie's Burger Shack, (photo right) over 30 different burgers that can all be made veggie, vegan or meaty. 

If you fancy having a relaxing evening take a stroll over to Broadway, an independent cinema to watch an Indie or foreign film to top your day off without having to splash loads of cash. (Tickets are fairly priced, with under 25s only paying £4.50!)


Or If you want to explore our nightlife a bit more head over to Boilermaker, a cocktail bar hidden behind a simple boiler shop facade. Check out The Hockley Arts Club (photo below) too, hidden in an alley way in Hockley they do delicious cocktails and have possibly the most beautiful bar decor...ever?

If you're looking for live music or a club night The Bodega, Rescue Rooms, Rock City or The Maze are all great venues to explore!

At the end of your night you won't even need to worry about catching a taxi or public transport back as Igloo hostels are only 10-15 minute walk away from all central locations, so you can be wrapped up in bed in no time!