Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Roadtrip to Nottingham

On Sunday Ryan and I finally had a day off to do some sightseeing. So after church we decided to make our way up to Nottingham. Nottingham is only about 25 minutes from Leicester so it was a nice quick drive. 

When we first arrived we found ourselves in middle of the Old Market Square. The square is known for its high-end shopping and of course the beautiful Nottingham Council House. Off to the left is what's called the Prudential Building (Not sure what its for but I thought it was pretty with its Victorian design).

From the Old Market Square we walked a short distance to the Nottingham Castle. The castle is no longer used for royal residence but is now used as a museum for an art gallery and many of Nottingham's archeological remains.


Beneath the mansion are several cave cellars doors and medieval pointed arches connecting long passages underground. 

At the bottom of the mansion, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem; the oldest pub in England and possibly the oldest pub in the world; built in 1189 AD. Not only is this pub famous for being the oldest in England, it's also known for its caves connecting to the castle. The caves connecting this pub were used as a brewery. 



We couldn't pass up our chance to have a bite to eat in the oldest pub in the world so we stopped in and asked for a pint of their most popular beer, Old Trip beer. 

You of course can't make a Nottingham trip complete unless you visit the statue of Robin Hood. 

Ryan surrendering:)

For those of you who don't remember the legend, Robin Hood is a highly skilled archer and swordsman and becomes known as a heroic outlaw in English folklore for robbing the rich and giving to the poor. 

Hope you enjoyed Nottingham!

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