Best Places to Drive Your Car to Across Nottingham
Nottingham Is A Great City, But Where Are The Best Places To Drive? Here We've Picked Our Favourite Driving Haunts Throughout The City.
Apr 17, 2014
If you live in or around Nottingham then you are spoilt for choice for beautiful and exciting places to visit. With the city being so central it’s easy to reach hundreds of great locations within a matter of a short car ride.If you fancy getting in your car and heading around the city for a day out, we’ve put together a guide to four great places that are just a short journey away. Keep reading for some hints on great days out for you and your family.
Newstead Abbey is one of the jewels in Nottingham’s crown. Formerly the home of Lord Byron, the Abbey is a beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.
The house itself is open to the public on weekend afternoons but the beautiful grounds are open all year round. Newstead Abbey's landscape owes much of its beauty to the River Leen, which feeds the lakes, ponds and cascades that ornament Newstead's gardens. The grounds provide the perfect place for a relaxing outing all year round, with fabulous wildlife including peacocks, swans and geese.
Both the Abbey and the grounds are easy to reach by car. Newstead Abbey is located 12 miles north of Nottingham on the A60 and is also close to Junction 27 of the M1.
There is little more exciting than a day at the races. Nottingham Racecourse is set within the 280 acres of Colwick Park just 2 miles from the city centre and has lots of free parking.
There are 21 race meetings at Nottingham in 2014 including five evening meetings. Whether you want a day out with your friends or family or you’re celebrating a special occasion there are plenty of hospitality options.
Even if you just fancy watching the racing and having a flutter it’s a great place for a local day out.
Green's Windmill in Sneinton was built by the father of notable scientist and mathematician George Green in 1807. Today the working Mill is a popular museum and science centre, where both adults and children can learn about George Green’s work.
Green was a mathematical genius and the science centre has hands-on activities and experiments which explore light, magnetism and electricity.
The windmill itself was badly damaged by a fire in 1947 but was restored by Nottingham City Council in the 1980's. The windmill began milling again in December 1986 and the giant sails can still be seen working to this day.
This beautiful hall was completed in 1588 and, most recently, gained fame when it doubled for Wayne Manor in the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.
Since Wollaton Hall opened to the public in 1926, it has been home to the city's natural history museum. On display are some of the best items from the three quarters of a million specimens that make up its zoology, geology, and botany collections.
There are guided tours available most days where you will get to see the hidden Admirals Bath, the stunning Prospect Room and the working Tudor Kitchen. If you’re feeling adventurous, Segway tours of Wollaton Park are available on the last Sunday of the month.