Nottingham has a buzzing arts, drama and music scene including Nottingham Arena, Rock City, Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall. It is also the city known for Robin Hood!
Nottingham began in the 6th century as a small settlement called Snotta inga ham. The Anglo-Saxon word ham meant village. The word inga meant 'belonging to' and Snotta was a man. So its name meant the village owned by Snotta. Gradually its name changed to Snottingham then just Nottingham. Robin Hood is supposed to have lived in Sherwood Forest near Nottingham. The story of Robin Hood is first recorded in the 14th century and it is likely it is based on a real person or possibly several real people. From the late 17th century salt glaze stoneware was made in Nottingham. In the 18th century the hosiery industry boomed. There was also a lace industry although it was quite small. By the late 20th century the main industries in Nottingham were textiles, tobacco, bicycles, pharmaceuticals and printing. In 2004 a network of trams opened in Nottingham. It was made a UNESCO city of literature in 2015.
Nottingham is now one of the main cities in the Midlands. The Albert Hall Conference Centre is one of the main inner city conference venues in the UK and hosts a range of events from political party conferences to trade fairs. Rock City is a well known music venue where artists that have gone to superstardom played earlier in their careers. Nottingham Castle is worth a visit for those intrigued by the long and varied history of this city with many historical artifacts expertly preserved. Those looking for a play or musical are recommended to book tickets at Theatre Royal Concert Hall. The Victoria Centre is an ideal location to pick up the latest fashion trends due to the wide range of different stores that are available there.
Parking with Q-Park in Nottingham provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Nottingham from a central location.