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Cycling Heritage

Raleigh and Nottingham are synonymous with each other. The majority of people who grew up in the city started their lives on a Raleigh, and most had a family member who worked for the company too. The company was responsible for putting Nottingham on the world map, with its famous head badge bearing the city’s name being seen in over 150 countries around the world.

As youngsters we all have early experiences of watching older kids in mysterious control of their bikes and then the wanting, borrowing, waiting for and, for some of us, finally getting a Raleigh bicycle.

Through the quality of their frame build, most of those Raleigh bicycles are still around today too, having been lovingly refurbished and put to good use in our towns and cities.

Just imagine how many people heard of this great city through the millions of Raleigh bicycles exported since the company was founded in 1887. We’re certain that the people of Nottingham feel pride at what Raleigh achieved in this city and how Raleigh bikes continue to give their owners great pleasure all over the world.

The Raleigh factory closed at the end of the 1990s and is now commemorated with university buildings bearing its name. The company’s famous Heron’s head rose again in 2000 and the brand is still going strong today, with its UK headquarters in nearby Eastwood and its range of road bikes, leisure bikes, electric bikes and kids’ bikes still being sold around the world, continuing to help put our city on global scale.

Visit the Raleigh UK website to watch an overview of the company history and find out about the fantastic range of bikes still being designed in Nottingham today.

As well as Raleigh and its proud heritage when it comes to cycling, Nottingham Industrial Museum tells the story of the industrial revolution and its impact on transport. This of course impacted on how we got around by bike. Their collection of machines ranges from the Victorian Penny Farthing bicycle, to an original Thomas Humber Bicycle made in Beeston, all the way through to the more modern Motorbikes. Nottingham Industrial Museum is located at Wollaton Park, so after you've read up on some history and heritage, take in Wollaton Hall and the beautiful parkland that surrounds it.

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