Tour of Western Nottingham, Nottingham (Self Guided)

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.
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Tour of Western Nottingham Map

Guide Name: Tour of Western Nottingham
Guide Location: England » Nottingham (See other walking tours in Nottingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: StaceyP
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The Rose & Crown

1) The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown is a traditional pub located near the University of Nottingham that is very popular with students. The pub features a sports area and a pool table and offers a wide selection of beer at reasonable prices. The staff is welcoming and professional.
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Old Gatehouse

2) Old Gatehouse

The Old Gatehouse, which resembles a castle, is an entrance to Wollaton Park. This noted city landmark still has a mechanism that allows the gate to open. The gate has a massive arch and four turrets and was built in the Romanesque style. It is considered the most complex Romanesque structure to have ever been built in England.
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St. Mary's Church, Wollaton Park

3) St. Mary's Church, Wollaton Park

St. Mary's Church is a small Anglican parish located near Wollaton Park. It was designed by architect Thomas Cecil Howitt and was founded in 1939. The interior of the church features an organ built by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd. in 1938.
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University of Nottingham

4) University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham received its Royal Charter in 1948, but its predecessor institution, University College Nottingham, was founded in 1881. With campuses in China and Malaysia, the Times regards Nottingham as Britain's "only truly global university". With more than 49,000 applications for 5,500 places in 2012, Nottingham is the most popular university in the UK. It is widely regarded as a "prime alternative to Oxbridge". It consistently ranks among the top ten in the UK in the most important world and national rankings and is known for its Law, Economics, Pharmacy, and Medicine courses, of which entry are among the most competitive in the UK.

In the past decade Nottingham produced two Nobel laureates, in the fields of Medicine and Economics. It is the alma mater of novelist D.H. Lawrence, current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak and CEO of pharmaceutical conglomerate GlaxoSmithKline, Andrew Witty.

University Park Campus, to the west of Nottingham city center, is the 330-acre (1.3 km2) historic home of The University of Nottingham. Set around its famous lake and clock-tower and with extensive parkland greenery, the campus is widely regarded as the most attractive in the country. University Park has won numerous awards for its architecture and landscaping, and has been named the greenest campus in the country thanks to a new Green Flag Award.

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Wollaton Hall

5) Wollaton Hall (must see)

Wollaton Hall is a country house standing on a small but prominent hill in Wollaton. Wollaton Park is the area of parkland that the stately house stands in. The house itself is a natural history museum, with other museums in the out-buildings. Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and is believed to be designed by the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, who was the architect of Hardwick Hall. The style is Elizabethan with early Jacobean elements. The building consists of a high central hall, surrounded by four towers. Unfortunately, a fire caused damage to Smythson's interior decoration of some of the ground floor rooms, but little structural damage occurred. Remodeling was carried out by Wyattville in 1801 and continued intermittently until the 1830s.

The gallery of the main hall contains Nottinghamshire's oldest pipe organ, thought to date from the end of the seventeenth century, possibly by the builder Gerard Smith. It is still blown by hand. Paintings on the ceilings and one wall are attributed to Verrio or his assistant Laguerre. Directly over the main hall is a 'prospect room', from which there are extensive views of the Park. Beneath the hall are many cellars and passages, and a well and associated reservoir tank, in which some accounts report that an admiral of the Willoughby family took a daily bath.

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Camellia House

6) Camellia House

Camellia House is considered the oldest cast iron building in the U.K. It is located in Wollaton Park near Wollaton Hall. This wonderful house was built from 1580 to 1588 by Sir Francis Willoughby and was designed in the Medieval and Renaissance architectural styles. The glazed walls are separated by Doric columns; the roof is glazed also. The interior of the structure is divided by paths and columns on each side.
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Nottingham Industrial Museum

7) Nottingham Industrial Museum (must see)

Nottingham Industrial Museum is situated in Wollaton Hall area, neighboring with Natural History Museum, Yard Gallery and Deer Park. The Collection was very poor till 1960 exposing the history of industrial material. After 1960 was established a larger collection of local textile, cool mining and light metal. Now the collection is combined from transportation gallery, lace machinery, telecommunication, agricultural machinery and steam engines. The museum is opened on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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St. Leonard Church

8) St. Leonard Church

St. Leonard Church is located on Lincoln Road and is a Grade II-listed landmark. The church dates back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest churches in Nottingham. It features a spectacular design and stained glass windows. The church has a welcoming congregation that gathers on Sundays to worship.
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The Wheelhouse

9) The Wheelhouse

The Wheelhouse is a pub located near Wollaton Park. It offers a fine selection of spirits, wine, and beer and has an extensive menu. It is a popular place with locals. The pub organizes a variety of events such as quizzes and live entertainment. The prices are reasonable, and the venue itself is cozy and comfortable.

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.
Tour of Nottingham's Museums and Galleries

Tour of Nottingham's Museums and Galleries

Nottingham has a long history and is home to a number of outstanding museums and galleries that focus on the city's storied past. Nottingham also knows how to celebrate the present, boasting a number of notable contemporary art galleries. Take this self-guided tour to gain insight into the history and culture of Nottingham.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
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
Tour of Nottingham's Architecture

Tour of Nottingham's Architecture

Nottingham is home to buildings of varying architectural styles that present a mixture of designs and make Nottingham a city full of contrasts. One of the city's most renowned architects, who contributed to the creation of many of Nottingham's picturesque buildings, was Watson Fothergill. Take this tour to view some of this master architect's work, as well as many other beautiful...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Tour of Nottingham's Churches

Tour of Nottingham's 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
Cultural Tour of Nottingham

Cultural Tour of 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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nottingham for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nottingham has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nottingham, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.