As a place to live and work, Nottingham has a lot offer. It’s well positioned for your commute to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham or even London. It has some of the friendliest people in all of the UK and the average price of a Nottingham house is just under the UK average.
But if you’re still not convinced, here are 9 other good reasons to consider moving to Nottingham suggested by Lloyd Wells, a resident and writer working with Cosey Homes.
1. Throbbing nightlife with music that rocks
The incredible success of Jake Bugg and other local musicians seems to be having a knock-on effect for Nottingham. The city’s now becoming the new hub for musical talent, with bands like London Grammar, Harleighblu, Saint Raymond, Indiana and Sleaford Mods all having tremendous success.
With so many venues hosting concerts and gigs, and organisations like Nusic helping new artists get their material heard, Nottingham’s earned a tremendous reputation. Rock City is home to some of the best live rock music in the country, and Nottingham’s thriving club scene is for anyone and everyone.
2. Put on your red dress, mama
When it comes to fashion and clothing, Nottinghammers are making a lot of noise. From the dynamic designs of Paul Smith to exciting independent clothing outlets like Mimm, the city is loaded with all sorts of clothing stores. Nottingham Trent University offers its students one of the most creative fashion design courses in the world.
3. We’ve got the walls covered
Anywhere you go in Nottingham you’ll find art studios and galleries, each one showing off the diverse and contemporary art of a host of different artists. There’s also an ever-growing street art scene, which keeps our city’s walls covered in a unique display of home-grown art.
The city is proud to have two of the largest art galleries in the country – Nottingham Contemporary and the New Art Exchange, a gallery dedicated exclusively to culturally diverse and contemporary visual arts.
4. Accent and dialect
Of course, Nottingham locals have got their very own vocabulareh. You’re not cross because it’s cold outside, you’re mardeh because it’s code. You don’t have a mother who works at Boots, you’ve gorra mam who wocks et Boo-wutts. Yer mates are all ducks and youths. Oooh-errr!
5. A veritable hive of industry
Where would the rest of the world be without the hard work and inventions of Nottingham? For a start, the MRI scanner was invented at the University of Nottingham by Professor Peter Mansfield who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for it in 2003.
Raleigh bicycles were made in Nottingham from 1854, and don’t forget Boots, the colossus in the world pharmaceuticals and dispensing chemists.
6. Tourist hotspots
You’ll love paddling about in the fountains of Market Square and getting chased by Wollaton Park’s deer. Summertime in the Arboretum is fun and chilling out on Victoria Embankment beside the Trent River is a treat, but beware of the geese. Oh, and did you know that Nottingham has some of the biggest allotments in Europe? They can be found nestled in St. Ann’s. There’s also the bring-the-whole-family Goose Fair on Forest Rec which, for 700-odd years, has been an annual tradition.
7. Proper pubs
The Bell Inn and the cave-embedded Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem claim to be two of the oldest pubs in England. Apparently Richard I used to put away a pint or two back in the day. There’s also the country’s only Victorian Music Hall that functions as its original design intended with The Malt Cross. Then there’s Navigation Brewery and Castle Rock Brewery, making sure Nottingham’s pumps are stocked with the finest local ales.
The oldest professional football team in the world, Notts County, have been kicking around since 1861. Nottingham Forest, founded not long after in 1865, were one of England’s most successful teams when managed by Brian Clough.
Fans also follow Nottingham teams in cricket, rugby, hockey and ice-hockey and some of the sports people that the locals are proud of include boxer Carl Froch, ice-skating duo Torvill and Dean and Olympic swimming champ Rebecca Adlington.
9. Caves and a Castle
Nottingham has the largest network of man-made caves in Britain. These date as far back as medieval times and were used as early homes, for storing ale beneath the city’s pubs and as protection from bombs in World War II. Above ground, there’s Nottingham Castle, standing proudly above a maze of caves, offering tourists and locals the opportunity to explore.