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Robin Hood, Ale & Alley Cats
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This Tour orients the visitor at the Robin Hood Statue beneath the Castle Wall. Then hugging castle wall to the oldest Ale House in England. Double back to the historical timber house; cut through to the central Fair Trade Church, across to Flying Horse Walk leading to Old Market Square (renowned stone Lions & 21st century City Centre year-round playground playground). Tour winds up at award-winning Alley (cat) Café & Bar.

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Guide Name: Robin Hood, Ale & Alley Cats
Guide Location: England » Nottingham
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: Corrina McFarlane
Author Bio: Corrina McFarlane has counted Nottingham City as a home from home over the last decade, been fortunate to be housed with a little family right in the hub of the city for weeks on end, tucked behind the castle wall, where foxes still come out to play. In between times, Corrina is a resident of Santa Cruz, California.
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Robin Hood Statue

1) Robin Hood Statue

This 7 foot high bronze statue of Robin Hood is by nationally acclaimed local sculptor, James Woodford(1893-1976). Unveiled in 1952, the statue, and the accompanying plates on the castle wall, celebrates the world-famous story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Is the story true? 'Robin Hood' cannot actually be pinned to one single character, though echoes of the storyline reach as far back as the 1200's. But since the central theme of righting wrongs and lifting up the downtrodden...
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub

2) Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub

Hug the castle wall from the statue to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub where they've been serving Real Ale since circa 1189. 'The Trip', as locals call it, is located by 'Brewhouse Yard' and set into the castle rock. That means you can have your Nottingham 'cave' experience whilst tipping a pint and contemplate that Nottingham folk really did live in caves such as these through the centuries. Nottingham, 'City of Caves', is actually built on a sandstone...
Museum of Nottingham Life

3) Museum of Nottingham Life

Right next to The Trip is a row of 17th century terraced houses. This is now the Museum of Nottingham Life with local history & artifacts spanning 300 years. Like the Trip, you will find part of the museum complex goes right back into the castle rock and showcases the same hallmark Nottingham caves; carved-out former dwellings.

The exhibits include re-constructed homes and shops, a school room and an air-raid shelter. The caves of Nottingham made excellent air-raid shelters during the...
Timber Frame House circa 1450

4) Timber Frame House circa 1450

Doubling back from Brewhouse Yard, directly across from Robin Hood statue, there stands an original circa 1450 timber frame house. The ‘Severns Building', as it is called, was originally sited at Middle Pavement, in the hub of the old City. Back in the 1700s we know it housed wine merchants; brothers Severn. Two hundred years later, when the new Broadmarsh Shopping Centre threatened this and other fine examples of old Nottingham, at least this one house was saved from destruction and...
Fair Trade Church Cafe & Shop

5) Fair Trade Church Cafe & Shop

To access St Peter's Fairtrade Cafe & gift shop, climb the steps at the front of the Church on Albert Street/St Peter's Square, adjacent to Marks & Spencer. The Diocese of Nottingham has been certified Fairtrade since 2008. That means at least 50% of all the Parishes in the district have voted for fair & just trading practices for overseas commodities, and have fulfilled the basic criteria to serve Fairtrade tea & coffee and to promote the principles of Fairtrade in...
'Inspired' studio shop

6) 'Inspired' studio shop

'Inspired’studio shop is located on Flying Horse Walk, accessed from St. Peter's Gate.

Inspired storefront serves as a working studio for renowned local artist, Jill Perry. Jill's artwork has been exhibited for many years both nationally and internationally but this is her first and only walk-in studio. Here you will see Nottingham's major City landmarks through an utterly unique Jill Perry interpretation. ‘Inspired By Nottingham’ art pieces include vivid color and...
The Flying Horse Building

7) The Flying Horse Building

Flying Horse Walk emerges onto the street called simply 'Poultry'. Here stands the original Flying Horse Building. 14th century Mayor of Nottingham, John de Plumptre, founder of the historic Plumptre hospital for the poor, built his house here and it too eventually became a charitable gift. Earliest references to The Flying Horse Building hark back to this era.

By the late 1700's, the Flying Horse Building is listed as an Inn. Notably, the Society for Effecting the Abolition...
The Council House Lions

8) The Council House Lions

The Council House Lions date back to 1929 and were fashioned by local Nottingham sculptor Joseph Else (1874-1955). By all accounts, the people of Nottingham were almost immediately endeared to these 2 great stone lions and in no time at all the lions became THE most popular place to meet someone in the City, most especially for a first date. To some local folk these lions are known as Leo & Oscar.

If you have to choose which lion to meet at, it is popularly the Left Lion. You can find...
Old Market Square

9) Old Market Square

Old Market Square has a long history as a gathering place in times of celebration or unrest. But in 2007 the newly designed Old Market Square was unveiled and the Centre now has real attraction year-round, not just for out-of-town visitors, but for local families as well.

Kids growing up in Nottingham City today, though living far from the East and West seashores of the British Isles, now get an authentic 'beach front' experience every summer holiday, right in the middle of Old...
Alley (Cat) Café Bar

10) Alley (Cat) Café Bar

Along from Old Market Square, across from the central library on Angel Row, the iconic Alley Cat beckons passers-by into the narrow alleyway and up the stairs to a tiny space that is a delight at any hour. Alley Café Bar is fully licensed and serves consistently popular, reasonably priced, hot and cold dishes, and fun & funky drinks, all day long and late into the night.

In day-time hours you might find yourself in an interesting mix of City professionals, students, mum's and/or...