Famous as the home of our favourite man in tights, Robin Hood, Nottingham is the perfect place for a stylish stag do. Friendly people and a compact city centre, make it easy for groups to explore on foot, and there is plenty to enjoy within the city limits and just beyond. Enjoy the novelty of visiting the only Hooters in England, partying all night long or sipping back on some of England’s finest real ale, the choice is yours.
It’s a two to three hour drive along the M1 and A1 from the south and north of England, located right in the centre of the country. Book in advance for great value train tickets with East Midlands Trains direct to Nottingham, with the journey from London taking under two hours. Coaches are another affordable option, or the journey by car is also easy with easy connections by road.
As with the rest of the UK, you can expect the best weather from June through to September.... supposedly.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation, with a wide range of hotels, apartments and a hostel offering a range of accommodation to suit all price ranges. Good quality budget hotels are available from as little as £35 per room. Although we do recommend you book well in advance, as the city gets extremely busy on weekends. For a more comfortable four star stay, prices start from £80 per night.
In the home of Robin Hood, a group outing for archery couldn’t be more appropriate. And you can also enjoy more traditional stag pursuits such as paintballing, laser tag and quad-biking, and some slightly unusual ones such as blind-folded 4X4 driving in Sherwood Forest. Visit the National Water Sports Centre for a white water rafting adventure, or take in a round of golf at beautiful Wollaton Park Golf Course.
Brewery tours at Castle Rock Brewery and Navigation Brewery are a great way to get the afternoon started, and you can follow-up a tour with a taste of their tipples in the pub with some home-cooked food made with beer in the ingredients.
If sport is your thing, then a day at the races could be in order, or head to a football, cricket or ice hockey match to get your competitive juices flowing.
With more places to eat and drink per square mile than any other city in Britain, you’re toughest decision will be choosing where to go for your feast. Book a medieval banquet or enjoy fantastic pub grub at one of the many venues by the canal or along Chapel Bar area in the heart of the city.
The Cornerhouse is home to 13 restaurants serving 15 different cuisines, including the huge Red Hot World Buffet, which offers everything from sushi to samosas and everything in between! Nottingham is also home to the only Hooters in England – their tasty chicken wings are always a hit, and it is the ideal place to start (or spend) your evening out.
Drink & Party
For a pub crawl you’ll never forget, head to Nottingham. With countless pubs in and around the city centre, pay a visit to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest pub in England, try a pub in a cave, a pub with a canal running through it or one of the country’s most haunted pubs.
Laugh yourself silly at the Glee Club, Just the Tonic, The Approach or Nottingham Playhouse. Or, for a live music head to the club night at Rock City or the Bodega Social Club, or try the Cookie Club and Oceana for a more typical clubbing affair. Tantra offers brilliant tunes and beds to recline in, or sing your heart out at a karaoke bar if you’re feeling inspired.
As the evening progresses, Alea Casino and Gala Casino are both within easy walking distance of the clubs, pubs and bars, and also offer live entertainment on weekends. You won’t have to spend a penny on taxis either, everything is within an easy walk along pedestrianised streets, so your pounds are sure to go further.
Nottingham can't really be classed as a dangerous place. As always, you're generally safe around the central areas although it is advisable to keep your wits about you after dark. It's never fun getting beaten up on stag.