Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Nottingham

Nottingham is an exciting city that offers a variety of fun activities for both tourists and locals. Take this tour to experience Nottingham's cultural scene and visit some of the city's best galleries, theaters, and concert venues.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: England » Nottingham (See other walking tours in Nottingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: StaceyP
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Boots Library
  • Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
  • The Theater Royal
  • Broadway Cinema
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • Nottingham Castle
  • Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Boots Library

1) Boots Library

Boots Library is part of Nottingham Trent University. The library provides free access to its collection of books, magazine, and journals and offers study space for groups and individuals. You can also use the library's computers to access the Internet. The library is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

2) Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

The Royal Concert Hall is part of the city's Royal Centre, which also incorporates the Victorian Theatre Royal. The site of the Royal Concert Hall was previously the old 'Empire Palace of Varieties' designed and built in 1898 by Frank Matcham. The Empire closed for the last time in 1958 and was demolished for road-widening in 1969. Designed by the Renton Howard Wood Levin Partnership (architects of the Sheffield Crucible Theatre), the hall cost £12 million to complete. Work on the Royal Concert Hall began in 1980 and was completed in 1982, providing Nottingham with a contemporary 2,499-seater, state-of-the-art, air-conditioned auditorium complete with a highly versatile sound and lighting system.

The first artist to perform there was Elton John in November 1982. The acoustical design of the auditorium was created by reference to the standards of world-famous concert halls. An acoustical canopy (weighing 38 tonnes) can be raised and lowered and tilted backwards to suit the changing musical needs of each performance. At its lowest settings, the canopy suits intimate chamber music; higher settings suit louder performers. The shimmering glass walls of the facade by day mirror the varied architecture nearby, acting as architectural 'sunglasses'. Whereas by night the effect of a display-case is created, those outside can see the audience inside dressed and assembling for their entertainment.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Theater Royal

3) The Theater Royal (must see)

The Theater Royal is part of the city's Royal Centre, which also incorporates the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. The theater attracts major touring dramas, opera, ballet, West End musicals and an annual pantomime. The Theater Royal was completed in 1865, after six months of work and costing the clients, lace manufacturers John and William Lambert £15,000. The Classic façade and Corinthian columns designed by Charles J. Phipps are still a major Nottingham landmark.

The noted theatrical architect Frank Matcham was engaged to build the new Empire Palace of Varieties next door. The Theater Royal was closed between the end of April and September 1897 for remodeling. The works included building new dressing rooms at the rear to clear part of the site for the Empire. Matcham also refashioned the existing auditorium. Frank Matcham pioneered the use of cantilevered steel in his designs, and patented his design. This allowed balconies to be built without the use of supporting pillars; which had characterized the work of the previous generation of theater architects, such as Phipps. Without pillars, lowering the stage and increasing the rake of the tiers: sight lines were much improved and the audience capacity increased to around 3,000.

The theater has four tiers of seating, the stalls, dress circle, upper circle and balcony with a total capacity of 1,186 seats. It has seven fully licensed bars including The Green Room Cafe Bar on the ground floor and The Restaurant on the dress circle level.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Broadway Cinema

4) Broadway Cinema (must see)

Broadway Cinema presents some of the best movies from around the globe, from American blockbusters to Bollywood films. It is an independent cinema that features modern, up-to-date equipment. In addition to showing a range of films, Broadway Cinema hosts international film festivals and encourages its visitors to learn about cinematography.
Nottingham Contemporary

5) Nottingham Contemporary (must see)

Nottingham Contemporary (formerly known as the Center for Contemporary Art Nottingham) is a contemporary art center in the Lace Market area of Nottingham. To celebrate the area's history of lace manufacture, the cladding of the building is embossed with a traditional Nottingham lace pattern.

Nottingham Contemporary opened on November 14, 2009 with an exhibition of early works by David Hockney and current works by Los Angeles based artist Frances Stark, some from the Tate collection. Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the UK, with four galleries, an auditorium, an education space, a study center, a café-bar and a shop. It organizes four to five major exhibitions a year, bringing the work of the world’s contemporary artists to Nottingham. The ideas raised by the exhibitions are explored in educational activity for all ages. Nottingham Contemporary is on the oldest site in Nottingham, Garners Hill, it once housed cave dwellings, a Saxon fort and a medieval town hall – before the Victorians swept all aside for a railway line.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nottingham Castle

6) Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle is a castle in Nottingham, England. It is located in a commanding position on a natural promontory known as "the castle rock", with 130 foot cliffs to the south and west.The first Norman castle was a wooden structure and of a mote-and-bailey design, and was built in 1067, a year after the Battle of Hastings, on the orders of William the Conqueror. This wooden structure was replaced by a far more defensible stone castle during the reign of Henry II, and was imposing and of a complex architectural design, which eventually comprised an upper bailey at the highest point of the castle rock, a middle bailey to the north which contained the main royal apartments, and a large outer bailey to the east. After the restoration of Charles II in 1660, the present 'Ducal Mansion' was built by Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle between 1674 and 1679 on the foundations of the previous structure.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

7) Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery (must see)

Nottingham Castle is located in a commanding position on a natural promontory known as "'Castle Rock'", with cliffs 130 feet (40 m) high to the south and west. In the Middle Ages it was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence. In decline by the 16th century, it was largely demolished in 1649, but sufficient fragments remain to give an impression of the layout of the site. A ducal mansion later occupied the summit of the promontory. This was burnt out by rioters in 1831, and later adapted as an art gallery and museum, which remains in use today.

Nottingham Castle houses most of the City of Nottingham's fine and decorative art collections, galleries on the history and archeology of Nottingham and the surrounding areas, and the regimental museum of the Sherwood Foresters. Nottingham Castle now plays host to a number of public annual events. This includes the Nottingham Beer Festival, the Robin Hood Pageant and even played host to the world record breaking attempt for the most people dressed as Robin Hood in one place in 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Nottingham, England

Create Your Own Walk in Nottingham

Create Your Own Walk in Nottingham

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nottingham is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nottingham Introduction Walking Tour

Nottingham Introduction Walking Tour

Nottingham is a historic city and is proud of its heritage. It is famous for its legends, particularly the one of Robin Hood and his merry men. Traces of history remain in the city's many old buildings and monuments. Take this tour to visit some of Nottingham's most prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Nottingham's Historical Churches

Nottingham's Historical Churches

Nottingham boasts a multitude of beautiful historic churches, some of which date back to medieval times and the Norman Conquest. Take this walking tour to visit a few of the most famous and spectacular churches in Nottingham.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 Km or 4 Miles
Tour of Western Nottingham

Tour of Western Nottingham

Nottingham is bursting with unique things to see. Notable attractions in the western part of the city include Wollaton Hall and the University of Nottingham. Take this off-the-beaten-path tour to check out other interesting places hidden in western Nottingham.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Tour of Nottingham's Statues and Monuments

Tour of Nottingham's Statues and Monuments

Over the centuries, Nottingham has been home to many famous men and women, known for both good deeds and bad. Nottingham has memorialized its heroes and villains with a number of fascinating statues and monuments. Take this tour to see the city's most notable memorials.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Tour of Nottingham's Shops

Tour of Nottingham's Shops

Nottingham residents love shopping, which is reflected in the city's amazing array of stores. You can shop at specialty stores, markets, shopping centers, or studios. Take you pick! Go on this tour to explore the best shops in Nottingham and find the perfect souvenir to take home.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Tour of Nottingham's Pubs

Tour of Nottingham's Pubs

When traveling to Nottingham, don't forget to visit the national symbol of England - the pub. Nottingham has a great variety of traditional pubs, some of which are so old, they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tasting English beer and ale is a 'must do' for any visitor to Nottingham. Take this tour to explore some of the most popular public houses in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles