What is Nottingham like?
The variety of scenery and ambience around Nottingham and the east Midlands is impressive, from the dramatic landscape of the Peaks to the rolling countryside of Leicestershire; and from the lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Nottingham itself to the tranquillity of classic villages and market towns.
Property in Nottingham
Nottingham offers an excellent choice of property for urban sophisticates and families alike. City-centre apartments, enclaves of villas and townhouses and attractive suburbs are all highly attractive to buyers.
Perfect village properties and country houses are scattered throughout our area; the villages of the Vale of Belvoir are particularly sought-after for their easy access to the railway stations at Grantham and Newark, which offer fast access to London.
For stylish city apartments, look at conversions in Nottingham’s old lace mills and smart developments near the city-centre Lace Market.
For conversion flats and substantial period houses handy for the city centre, try The Park, a villagey enclave on the site of the old deer park of Nottingham Castle.
For a more suburban setting, head across the River Trent to Edwalton, West Bridgford or to Wollaton, which is popular with academics and medical staff thanks to its proximity to Nottingham’s universities and hospital.
For ideal market towns, try Melbourne, Bakewell and Ashbourne in Derbyshire, and Southwell in Nottinghamshire.
For the prettiest villages, head to the Wolds villages in Leicestershire or Car Colston and Colston Basset in Nottinghamshire .
The local scene
Nottingham has an active cultural and social scene, the revitalised Lace Market area abuzz with smart cafes, bars and restaurants. Bridlesmith Gate offers a good blend of upmarket retailers and high-quality high-street names, as well as contrasting styles of medieval streetscape and Victorian industrial architecture.
The Nottingham Playhouse and the Theatre Royal present a varied programme of drama, dance and live music between them, and Nottingham Contemporary is the region’s major centre of contemporary arts.
The area is a major sporting centre, with two football clubs (Nottingham Forest and Notts County) and test cricket at Trent Bridge. The rural scene provides plenty of less mainstream activities, such as the Southwell Ploughing Match, and it is a major hub of field sports. Local attractions include the architectural gems of Belvoir Castle and Southwell Minster, as well as the legendary associations with Robin Hood.
Nottingham has an excellent tram network.
Trains from Grantham and Newark stations reach London St Pancras in about an hour.
The M1 the major spine of the local road network, heading north to Leeds and south straight to London.
Nottingham East Midlands Airport provides private and business aviation facilities.
Schools in Nottingham
The sought-after state schools include the Minster School, Southwell, and many of the schools throughout the Rushcliffe borough. Nottingham Girls’ High School and Nottingham High School for Boys are highly regarded independent day schools. The area’s notable public schools are Oakham and Uppingham in Rutland; Repton in Derbyshire; Trent College in Nottinghamshire; and Ratcliffe College in Leicestershire.