Nottingham has been hailed by Rough Guides as a great city to visit – boasting a range of fantastic attractions in coming months.

A special report by the Rough Guides website highlights Nottingham’s new attractions planned for 2016, a recently expanded tram network and a burgeoning independent arts scene. Restaurants, hotels, shops – and the recently announced City of Literature status – are also singled out as reasons to visit.

Telling readers ‘Why Now’s the Time to Visit Nottingham’, the article states: “It may not feature on top of everyone’s British city bucket list, but it’s time to see this East Midlands city in a new light.”

Light Night 2016, which takes place on Friday 5 February, is described as “opening up the night-time city to people of all ages with free events and light installations”.

The annual event has over 50 free activities to be enjoyed around the city, including:

  • Illuminated grounds and late night gallery opening at Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard, with FREE entry giving you a chance to see the latest exhibitions
  • High Pavement will be closed to traffic to allow people to enjoy the illumination of the Galleries of Justice, which will host a Light Night food, drink and craft market and entertainment including live music, plus free Sheriff’s walking tours.
  • FREE live music from lots of local choirs and bands

This year, Light Night, with its theme of light and illuminations, will be sponsored by Robin Hood Energy, a perfect partner for this event. Robin Hood Energy offers low tariffs to help tackle fuel poverty and make energy more affordable for all households in England, Scotland and Wales.

Cllr Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We’ve known all along that Nottingham is a fantastic place for people to visit – but it’s great to see our city recognised in this way by a leading travel guide.

“We’ve worked hard as a council – along with partners and businesses – to make Nottingham a place that can be enjoyed by families, tourists, citizens and shoppers alike. All of this is underpinned by our expanded tram and public transport network.

“We will continue to invest in further opportunities to improve our city, such as the £250 million Broadmarsh Centre redevelopment. We want Nottingham to be a city of which everyone can be proud.”

The Rough Guides feature came about as a result of a visit Experience Nottinghamshire hosted earlier in 2016, and is a great example of the kind of high profile coverage the team there are working on regularly.

Erin Huckle from Experience Nottinghamshire said: “There’s a real buzz around Nottingham at the moment, and international exposure like this is a good indicator of the interest the city is attracting as a must-visit destination.”

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