Nottingham’s leading tourism highlights and attractions are to be showcased in a brand new self-guided walking trail that has been created to help visitors discover the key points of interest around the city centre in one easy-to-follow guide.
The free Nottingham Trail, created by Nottingham City Council and Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, features audio guides, videos and images to share the story of Nottingham’s best-loved landmarks and their fascinating facts. It is the first self-guided walking trail to incorporate all of the leading tourist locations and attractions in the city in one guide and takes in 16 Nottingham highlights, from historical buildings such as the childhood home of poet Lord Byron and Nottingham Castle to contemporary sights like the Sky Mirror and the National Ice Centre.
It is available as a GuidiGo app, alongside trails for top international tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Florence, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. Alternatively, it can be viewed online at www.guidigo.com or visitors can simply pick up a leaflet from the starting point, the Tourist Information Centre on Smithy Row.
The Nottingham Trail is designed to give visitors a fun but comprehensive introduction to all of Nottingham’s top landmarks and will also be of interest to Nottinghamians as it reveals some of the city’s secrets and fascinating features, such as the meaning of the carvings on the Galleries of Justice, the story of the Trip to Jerusalem’s ‘cursed galleon’ and how the Sheriff of Nottingham became the Robin Hood statue’s greatest defender. The other locations on the trail are the Old Market Square, the Theatre Royal, City of Caves, Nottingham Contemporary, St Mary’s Church, the Adams Building, the National Videogame Arcade and Jesse Boot’s chemist’s shop. The complete trail takes between one and two hours.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport, said: “The Nottingham Trail will be a great way for both local residents and visitors to see the city and some of our top attractions. We have some amazing places to visit in the city and some real hidden gems. This new walking trail will help people get to know the city and learn all about our history.”
Paul Southby, Chairman of Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Nottingham City Council in delivering an exciting new walking trail for Nottingham. It will help visitors discover the leading tourist attractions and locations in the city centre and enhance the overall visitor experience, helping us to achieve our aim of growing the local visitor economy. Nottinghamshire is a leading tourism destination with a world-class reputation for its legends, local traditions, culture, sport and heritage – and this new free trail showcases the best that Nottingham has to offer.
“In addition, the city boasts a lively arts, music and culture scene with one of the largest centres for contemporary arts in the UK, the world’s first cultural centre for gaming and first-class sporting and music venues.”