Though most of the original medieval castle has been destroyed, the magnificent 17th century Ducal Mansion built on the site now houses a museum and art gallery. The Castle is open Tuesday through Sunday and costs £3.50 for adults and £2 concession.
Made famous as the legendary home of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is now a national nature reserve and top tourist attraction near Nottingham, welcoming about 400,000 visitors each year. The forest encompasses Robin Hood's Sherwood Exhibition and the Major Oak-rumoured hideout of the legendary outlaw. Admission is free, and if you're around between the 2nd and 8th August, be sure to check out the Robin Hood Festival, also free.
As home to the largest market square in the UK-the Old Market Square-it's no surprise that Nottingham is home to some excellent shopping. For big centres, choose between Broadmarsh and Victoria Shopping centres. The Exchange Arcade houses more upmarket boutiques, while Hockley Village is famous for its quirky, independent shops.
The debate over this title is still rather heated, though while in Nottingham, head down to Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, which claims to be the oldest inn in Britain. The Inn features a selection of real ales and a menu of traditional pub food.
The Crags are about an hour's drive outside central Nottingham, but viewing the so-called "Sistine Chapel of the Ice Age" is worth a trip further afield. This network of limestone caves includes a view of Britain's only known rock art just discovered in 2003. Tours run about £8 for adults and £6 for children.