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    There are 5 locations where you can hire a car in Nottingham, the most popular is Nottingham city centre

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Hire a car in Nottingham

Nottingham is home to legendary outlaws, and much more.

Best known for its medieval folklore about Robin Hood and his merry men, this East Midlands city is one of England's largest.

Nottingham has been steadily gaining momentum as a tourist destination, developing an array of new attractions. The “Queen of the Midlands” boasts a selection of highly regarded music venues, the title of UNESCO City of Literature, and a rich cultural heritage.

Car rental in Nottingham – the numbers

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Nottingham?
A. Six to seven days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Nottingham?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Nottingham?
A. Hertz is the cheapest car rental brand in Nottingham, offering cars from just £8 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

Fast facts

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Nottingham
November£12.60
September£21.30
Car typeAverage cost per day of car hire in Nottingham
Economy£13.50
Mini£14.30
Compact£17.00

Ancient History

Castles and caves

City of Caves
Beneath the city quietly rests Nottingham's complex network of man-made sandstone caves. The hidden maze of over 500 caves and tunnels dates back to the dark ages. These underground dwellings are a significant part of the fabric of the city's history. They have been used as cellars and storeroom as well as being an air raid shelter during World War II, where thousands sought refuge. Beware as it is rumoured that the caves are haunted by ghosts.

Nottingham Castle
The castle's long and varied history dates back to the 11th century. First built by the Normans, then rebuilt under Henry II and eventually occupied by the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood's enemy), this castle commands grand views over the city. It is currently home to a museum and art gallery. You can also tour the caves beneath the castle and follow the passageways to King David's dungeon.

The ultimate Nottingham road trip

  • Nottingham

    The closest airport to Nottingham is East Midlands Airport.

  • Leicester – 49km

    Famous for its battlefields and being the burial place of King Richard III.

  • Royal Leamington Spa – 57km

    Ranked one of the UK's happiest towns, it boasts Regency architecture and beautiful parks.

  • Warwick Castle  – 5km

    Originally built by William the Conqueror, it houses over 1000 years of history.

  • Stratford-upon-Avon  – 14km

    Medieval market town and the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

  • Worcester  – 40km

    A city centred around its medieval cathedral, which houses royal tombs, a crypt and cloisters.

Creative Core

The Lace Market

One of the oldest districts in the city, the Lace Market placed Nottingham on the map.

The invention of the lace making machine, by Nottinghamshire's William Lee in the 1580s, revolutionised the production of lace, which was traditionally stitched by hand. The invention made the precious and previously expensive textile affordable for everyone, sparking an extensive trade market.

By the 1840s, lace-making changed from a domestic industry into a famed international export, making Nottingham the capital of the world's lace manufacturing industry.

The area's warehouses and narrow streets, reminiscent of Nottingham's glory days. Fashion designer Paul Smith opened his first boutique here in the 1970s and today, many other artisans have carried on the district's creative spirit.

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Local knowledge

City Insights

Creative Quarter
Based around the Lace Market, Hockley and Pennyfoot Street areas, the Creative Quarter is thriving as Nottingham's cultural incubation core. It is a trendy hub for independent shops, street art, vintage clothing and artisanal treats. Littered with landmarks, this area has championed social innovation and city heritage.

Sherwood Pines
The largest and undoubtedly the most famous forest in the East Midlands. Once a medieval royal hunting forest, legend has it that Robin Hood and his gang made the it their home and used one of the ancient oak trees as their hiding place. There is often events and festivals held within the forest.

Architecture
From the fairytale-esque, to the industrial and the modern, Nottingham has a wealth of architectural gems to admire. Here are a few to discover: Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan mansion with an intricate exterior; the Victorian lace warehouse known as the Adams Building; and the dark gothic style Watson Fothergill building.

The Old and New

In Nottingham, the newest ideas, places and things do not replace the old. Rather, they uphold one another, inspiring a distinct character. Nottingham is a city in which the historic highlights the contemporary and the modern uncovers the old.

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
This 800-year-old inn is thought to be the oldest in England, and will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. The building appears to emerge from the sandstone rock face it is attached to and is famous for its caverns.

National Videogame Arcade
A gamer's dream, this experimental institution is part arcade, part interactive museum. Opened in 2015, there is nothing else like in the in UK. Promoting the cultural and economic significance of games, the NVA educates and entertains.

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