Think of Nottingham and many people instinctively think of Robin Hood. But the city is famous for much more than its links with the legendary outlaw. Once the base of the most famous British bicycle manufacturer of all time, Raleigh, it was also famed for its lace making. Now a city of over 300,000 people, it is renowned for its nightlife, shopping and sporting heritage. Its two well-regarded universities attract around 60,000 students to the city each year and Nottingham welcomes an annual average of 300,000 visitors. Although many are attracted by the Robin Hood legends and visit Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle, the city also boasts many other tourist attractions, such as Wollaton Park, the Lace Market and some interesting, ancient pubs.
As befits its status as a large city and tourist centre, Nottingham offers a wider range of accommodation options. It is well-served by numerous top end hotels, including international chains and also several new, well-regarded boutique hotels. Some of these are particularly interesting as they are housed in historic former warehouses and buildings originally used for lace making and are conveniently sited near the city centre. There are also many smaller, independent, family-owned hotels, guest houses and B&B's offering excellent personal service at economic rates, in and around the city centre.
Named Transport City of the Year in October 2012, Nottingham has one of the best transport systems of any city in the UK. It has a state-of-the-art tram system, linking Hucknall in the north and the Junction 26 of the M1, with two new lines, linking the southern and western suburbs, under construction. It also boasts the largest public bus network in the country and its excellent public transport network won it an award for the least car dependent English city in 2010. 20 miles from East Midlands airport, Nottingham is also well connected to other areas by road and rail.