Hosting the fourth Test from August 6-10, Trent Bridge’s cricket history dates back to the 1830s, when the first recorded inter-county match was played behind an inn near the ground.

Nottingham’s renown also comes from its historic and literary legacy, particularly the rebel archer Robin Hood. Sherwood Forest still thrives an hour’s drive north of the city.

Stay

The boutique Hart’s Hotel sits on the ruined ramparts of Nottingham Castle, a medieval fortress high above the city. Marvel at the spectacular views from the chic four-star hotel’s 32 rooms and restaurant.

Standard Hill, Park Row

The Walton Hotel, a 10-minute walk from Nottingham’s best shops and entertainment areas, was a hunting lodge in the 18th century. The four-star hotel’s dramatic heritage is reflected in stately rooms and restaurant.

2 North Road, The Park Estate

Eat

World Service restaurant and bar sits inside a grand 17th-century home. Blending modern British cuisine with influences from around the world, it has won the Nottingham Restaurant of the Year award four times.

Newdigate House, Castle Gate

Tropeiro Brazilian Churrascaria is a gaucho delight of grilled and roasted meat dishes served with a twist. Each guest is given a card on arrival – green on one side and red on the other. Green means “I am ready for another plate” – carved tableside. The red says “Whoa, I’m still eating” for those still happily absorbed in face-stuffing activity.

11 King Street

Play

The reuse of historic buildings continues with the Pitcher & Piano bar and bistro inside a 17th-century chapel in the Lace Market area. High ceilings and the bar in the centre of the room amplify the buzzy vibe. 

The Unitarian Church, High Pavement

Carved into sandstone beneath Nottingham Castle in 1189AD, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims to be England’s oldest inn. But despite the souvenir T-shirts and tankards, it’s popular with locals as well as tourists.

Brewhouse Yard, Castle Road 

Explore

What could be more fitting in the land of Robin Hood than a trip to Sherwood Forest armed with a bow and quiver of arrows? Visit Edwinstowe in the heart of the forest, the village where Robin lived, for a spot of archery and falconry.

Rufford Abbey Tourist Information Centre, Ollerton

Visit the home and discover the influences of a literary giant at the award-winning DH Lawrence Heritage Centre. 

Mansfield Road, Eastwood

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