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Things to do for under £10
Visit the Attenborough Nature Centre. This is an award winning eco-friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve. The centre has activities throughout the year for people of all ages.
Visit the world famous archaeological site – Creswell Crags, set in a limestone gorge with caves and a lake. It is home to Britain’s only known Ice Age cave art. There is plenty to see and do, whether you want a relaxing picnic or a walk and is an ideal place for families to visit. There is no charge to visit Creswell Crags site or to walk around the lake and gorge. It is also free to visit the shop and coffee shop. There is a £2 charge for all day parking. Charges are made for the exhibition and Cave Tours.
Get wrapped up to brave the cold. Take to the Olympic Rink at the National Ice Centre in Hockley. Admission is only £5.00 with an NUS card (apart from theme parties) - you also benefit from free skate hire. The university shop may also be stocking NIC discount booklets – check these out for even cheaper entry!
Take a guided tour of Nottingham. Dare to take The Nottingham Ghost Walk? How about a fun tour of Nottingham with Robin Hood on either a Robin Hood Town Tour or a Robin Hood Walking Tour. If none of these suit, you can take a heritage audio tour of the Lace Market from the Galleries of Justice Museum for just £2.95 each.
Enjoy a game of Quasar with up to three games available for £10 per person this is a sure fire way to keep children entertained, big and small. Available for ages 7+ this is a definite winner that is available rain or shine.Younger children will love the Big Tops Play and Party Centre for indoor play and Build a Teddy activities are available too (subject to additional cost).
Enjoy a traditional English pint
Feeling thirsty? Enjoy a pint in Ye Olde Salutation Inn, one of England's oldest pubs, serving ales since 1240AD. As well as being one of the oldest pubs there are also caves in the cellars and the place is full of character having once been said to have been haunted.
Check out Nottingham’s underground. Nottingham Castle, a 17th century ducal mansion, is most famous for its position high up on the Castle Rock. But you can also explore the mediaeval caves underneath, including Mortimer’s Hole. A joint ticket for entry to the Castle’s museum and art gallery, along with The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, costs £5.50 (adult).
Go deer spotting at Wollaton Hall. The stunning parkland is home to herds of free roaming deer. The 16th century building houses the city's Natural History Museum. And the Courtyard Stables are home to an Industrial Museum, Steam Engine House, Visitor Centre and the Yard Gallery, which hosts natural history and science exhibitions. Free entry to the park, Hall & museums. Car parking charge of £2 for 3 hours or £4 per day applies. Please note that additional charges may apply for some tours, events and activities.
Green and pleasant
Unmissable outdoor events. There are free events almost every weekend during the summer at the Arboretum, including live music festivals, Nottingham Pride, brass bands, etc. Other annual events such as Nottingham Mela, Riverside Festival, Goose Fair, Robin Hood Pageant, and Nottingham Carnival take place in and around the city throughout the year. Check out our ‘What’s on’ guide to find out more.
Pack a picnic and visit Greens Windmill. Climb the levels of this working windmill and see award winning organic flour being made. This windmill is set high on a ridge with great views of Nottingham and the valley of the River Trent. Find out about the life and work of George Green, the famous 19th century mathematician. Test your minds with fun hands-on puzzles and experiments. Free admission, open Thursday - Sunday.