Nottingham was basically my “home” during our whole stay in the UK since that’s where my aunt lives. It’s at the East Midlands of England, and is well-known as the town of Robin Hood. This part of the country is by far the most peaceful and chillest place I’ve ever been to that’s why it’s been such a great resting place after visiting the busy parts of the UK, like London, Edinburgh, etc.
Nottingham is definitely one of the places in the UK that has a special place in my heart since it’s the first town we stayed at in (+ it’s also where we had our first Brit Fish & Chips) and it’s also where we met fellow Filipinos who helped tour us around and who also shared a little bit of their stories about moving and living in the UK. Shout out to our parents and other relatives who supported us throughout the trip and one HUGE shout out as well to our aunt who welcomed us into her home, paid more than half of our expenses, and toured us around different cities in the UK. Without her, we wouldn’t be able to go to Europe in the first place <3.
The area where we my aunt lives, and actually almost all the villages there are quite small and very quiet, it’s almost deafening (or maybe it’s just because the Philippines isn’t as much compared to here?). Once we headed our way to my aunt’s house from the airport, I instantly fell in love with the look and vibe of streets and houses. Basically everything you’ll see there are earthy tones and I love it. One of my favorite areas is the newly renovated Nottingham station and their trams that circle around the city center, as it shows how the city is a mix of modern and urban architecture. The small novelty shops around the area were really cute too.
It was a little disappointing how it was raining during the days we’re actually free and have time in Nottingham, and so we weren’t really able to go to sight-seeing much in the area. During our last few days in the UK, we were still able to go to the Nottingham Castle, where Robin Hood’s statue is, but then we weren’t able to go inside the main castle where the Nottingham Museum & Art Gallery is located since it was already closed when we got there (stores here normally close at 5/6pm. Ikr?!)
Luckily, we were also able to watch ‘Dirty Dancing’ at the Theatre Royal, and the show (+ the half drunk crowd) was amazing. Since Nottingham is just a small area and the shows were only for a limited number of days, you’ll really see how much people take the time to watch these shows. I’m really hoping to get to watch a lot more when I get back.
Nottingham is certainly one of those city-break destinations when visiting the UK, and I really recommend that people go to small towns, when visiting the UK. There’s so much history in every town we went to and it was beautifully overwhelming.
Have you been around small towns in the UK as well? If not, where would you want to go around the UK in the future? I’d love to hear from you guys.