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Nottingham is a very old city located in the region of East Midlands in England. The city has a rich history and it is very famous for its links with the legendary Robin Hood. Center of the city lies on the Leen River which gives an additional charm to the city. Right in the center of Nottingham you will find the attractive Old Market Square with lots of shopping streets and restaurants around it. At the top of the Old Market Square is the Council House, inside of which you will find the popular shopping centre, called Exchange Arcade. A very attractive bohemian part of the city is called Hockley, where you can relax in some fine restaurants. The Nottingham Castle, the world-famous Sherwood Forest and the legend of Robin Hood is what attracts people the most to this charming city.
Nottingham is good to visit at any time of the year. Summer months have average temperatures of 17 C, which is a bit cooler than the other places in the region. The coldest month of the year is January with average temperature of 3 C, while the wettest month of the year is June.
Nottingham can be best explored by foot as most of the historic alleys and streets are pedestrianised. One of the major things you need to see is, of course, the Nottingham Castle. There is a great museum inside where you can learn lots of fascinating things about the city of Nottingham. Nottingham Castle also has some beautiful flower gardens, where you can relax, and houses an art gallery. Outside of Nottingham Castle walls you will see the attractive statue of Robin Hood.
In Nottingham you will find lots of attractive man-made caves, more than anywhere in England. One great tourist attraction is the so-called City of Caves, which is a network of sandstone caves. They have been historically used as air raid shelters and public house cellars. For something different, take a tour to the Galleries of Justice where you can visit old court rooms, ancient prison cells and much more. If you are interested in art, check out the Angel Row Gallery and the Nottingham Contemporary. Another interesting place worth visiting is the Wollaton Hall, which is a four centuries old mansion located in a very big deer park. Wollaton Hall is the home of Natural History Museum and Industrial Museum. The parkland is very beautiful with lots of playgrounds, gardens and a nice large lake. There is also a shop and a café where you can relax and refresh yourself.
Besides many attractions, Nottingham has a couple of popular events as well. The Goose Fair is held in the first weekend of October at the Forest recreational ground. This is one of the biggest funfairs in UK that exists for several centuries. The entry at the fair is free, and you will definitely be amused if you visit this event. Another popular event is the Riverside Festival held in August. It features lots of open markets, live music shows and fairs. The festival ends with very nice fireworks and attracts lots of visitors from the region.
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