With plenty of history and attractions slap-bang in the middle of the city and its surroundings, Nottingham is a great place for a day out. Convenient access to many locations makes it easy to plan your visit so you can leave the car at home. We’ve handpicked ten suggestions for Nottingham days out this autumn – some obvious, and some a little more outside of the box.

10. Wollaton Hall and Park

Wollaton Hall and Park

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Suitable for ages: 0-12
Cost: Free
Venue Type: Indoor/Outdoor
If it’s the sound of crunching leaves and stunning surroundings you’re looking for, then look no further. Spreading across 500 acres of land, Wollaton Hall and Park offers visitors of any age plenty to do and see.
Animal lovers, in particular, will be in for a treat. The park is home to over 200 wild deer, which are commonly seen around the grounds. Don’t let rainy days get in the way either. The Natural History Museum, located in the manor house, contains a generous amount of interesting exhibitions and programmes.
And there’s a bonus for movie buffs. The Elizabethan manor may be recognisable to Marvel fans as it was the setting for the Wayne Manor in the 2012 movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
If you’re keen to stay outdoors, however, explore the park at your leisure via a walking tour. There is even a Segway tour on the last Sunday of the month. With an on-site cafe as well as a picnic area, Wollaton Hall has everything needed for a fun, cheap family day out!

9. Nottingham Castle

Robin Hood statue

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Suitable for ages: 3-10

Cost: Adults- £8, under 16s- £6, under 5s- free, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)- £20

Venue Type: Indoor/Outdoor

Steeped in history, Nottingham Castle offers plenty for a day out. Legend has it that Robin Hood escaped the castle after being imprisonment there many times so it’s no surprise that tours, storytelling sessions, and many other Robin Hood-themed events take place throughout the year.
There’s still more to entertain the kids, though! The medieval-themed playground is complete with enough contraptions to tire them out. From climbing-frames, table tennis, slides and more, they’ll be chuffed you brought them.
After all that storytelling and playtime, have some respite with some stunning views. The cafe in Nottingham Castle offers visitors delicious food along with a 360-degree view of the city. The perfect place for a cup of tea and a slice of cake on a cool autumn day.

8. City of Caves (Tigguo Cobauc)City of Caves, Nottingham

Suitable for ages: 5-12

Cost: Adults- £7.95, under 18s- £6.95, under 5s- free, family ticket- £24.50

Venue Type: Indoors

If the autumnal weather ignites the sensation to burrow underground, then Nottingham is the place to be. The city has more caves than anywhere else in the U.K.
The City of Caves offers the opportunity to dig deep and discover some of the city’s 500 caves. Explore the original sandstone caves with characters Annie and Archie, the archaeologists. You can also opt for an independent audio tour.
This day out in Nottingham is perfect for those looking to leave the car at home as the museum is located in Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, smack bang in the centre of town.

7. The Arboretum

The Arboretum, Nottingham

Suitable for ages: 0-12

Cost: Free, although some events may charge an admission fee.

Venue Type: Outdoor

The oldest public park in Nottingham, the Arboretum offers a relaxed day out away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Legend has it that the park was the inspiration for J.M. Barrie’s ‘Neverland’. Why not see for yourself if you can spot any magical similarities?
There are also numerous events held throughout the year. For those who fancy themselves as explorers, the ‘Tree Trail’ is a great route for discovering some of the most interesting areas of nature in the park. Some sections can be a little steep, so this is more suited to older kids and adults.

6. Nottingham Industrial Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum

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Suitable for ages: 4-16

Cost: Adults- £3, under 16s- free

Venue Type: Indoor

Step back in time and discover what made Nottingham the city it is today at this volunteer-run museum. The attraction is divided into five sections with plenty of hands-on displays. With many artefacts being showcased, it’s easy to gain great insight into what really made Nottingham tick in the past.
The interactive museum also allows visitors to play a part in history itself. Exhibits include an old-style phone, where visitors can call each other and watch the inner workings as they’re connected, and a replica of a morse code transmitter.

5. Sherwood Forest Country Park

Sherwood Forest Country Park

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Suitable for ages: 4-16

Cost: Adults- £3, under 16s- free.

Venue Type: Outdoor

Best known as Robin Hood’s neck of the woods, this forest contains 450 acres of woodland trails and wildlife. Among the leafy trails and trees are references to the heroic outlaw himself.
If you want to dive a little deeper into the life of the folk star, then a walk to the Major Oak is a must. As a standout feature of the woods, this tree is supposedly the site where Robin Hood and his Merry Men took shelter according to local legend. In fact, the tree is so well-regarded that it was given the title of ‘England’s Tree of the Year’ in 2014! Keep an eye out for the birds too, as the forest is home to a vast array of bird species.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, head to Forest Table restaurant for the best roast in the woodlands.

4. The Adrenalin Jungle

The Adrenalin Jungle, Nottingham

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Suitable for ages: 4-16

Cost: Adults- £3, under 16s- free – booking in advance is essential.

Venue Type: Outdoor

Looking for more of an adventurous day out in Nottingham? The Adrenaline Jungle offers just that. The activity centre allows visitors to experience one of the UK’s most important forests in a different light.
Forget soothing strolls under the orange hue trees, and put your armour on. It’s time to get your hands dirty. Feel the excitement as you play paintball around the assault course. Or quad bike through the forest trails. Hood enthusiasts can also try their hand at archery. No matter what you decide to do here, you’re guaranteed a great day out.

3. Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham

Suitable for ages: 4-16

Cost: Adults- £3, under 16s- free.

Venue Type: Indoor/Outdoor

For a much more relaxed day out, why not pay a visit to this stunning 12th-century house, situated on 300 acres of beautiful grounds packed with waterfalls and lakes.
Newstead Abbey was home to the acclaimed romantic poet Lord Byron from 1808 to 1814. The Abbey hosts a collection of letters, portraits and even the very desk at which Byron penned much of his work.
It’s not all romance, though, as the site plays host to a range of events including food festivals, an outdoor theatre and more, so there are plenty of reasons to pay Newstead Abbey a visit.
The grounds and cafe are open every day, while the house is only open during weekends and school holidays. Check the website before setting off to avoid disappointment.

2. National Ice Centre

National Ice Centre, Nottingham

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Suitable for ages: 4-16

Cost: Adults- £3, under 16s- free.

Venue Type: Indoor

Get your skates on and prepare for a tumble at the U.K.’s self-proclaimed home of ice sports!
Throughout the week, the arena is open to the public for ice-skating, while on Friday and Saturday nights it transforms into a club on ice.
Don’t fret if you’re not confident enough to shake it out on the ice just yet. For those wanting to improve, private skating lessons are available to help you brush up on your technique.
However, if gracing the ice isn’t for you then you can always watch the professionals in action. The National Ice Centre is also home to the Nottingham Panthers, the city’s ice hockey team. You can check their website for upcoming matches.

1. Attenborough Nature Centre

Attenborough Nature Centre, Nottingham

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Suitable for ages: 4-16

Cost: Adults- £3, under 16s- free.

Venue Type: Outdoor

This eco-friendly visitor centre is the perfect place to embrace the great outdoors and help you do your bit for the environment.

Kingfishers, ospreys and bitterns, the most endangered birds in the U.K., make appearances over the course of the year and. it’s not uncommon to see other species such as badgers, otters and bats roaming the reserve.
Take advantage of the volunteer-led nature walks on the first Sunday of the month and explore the best places to spot wildlife with expert guides.
Alternatively, follow one of the park’s designated nature trails which are designed to ensure sightings of many rare and interesting species along the way. All in all, animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will adore this spot not far from Nottingham itself.

Nottingham is a great getaway for those seeking everything from history, to nature to adventure sports. Of course, these are just a handful of suggestions for days out in Nottingham. If you have any other suggestions for great days out in this vibrant city, be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

Jack Oldham

Jack is an Englishman living in Tokyo with permanently itchy feet. He can often be found daydreaming about his next trip, teaching English and eating far too much sushi for one man.
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