April 13, 2015, by Sunita Tailor
This blog post was written by second year English student, Una Kunhya from the School of English.
Living and studying on a campus obviously has its benefits since everything is in one place. One of my big regrets as a first year, however, was not exploring more of the beautiful city of Nottingham. Now I am frantically trying to fit it all into the year (and bit!) that I have left at University! But below are some places I think you should visit during your time studying here.
Going for a couple of drinks…?
– Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
That’s right, the oldest pub in the United Kingdom is right here in Nottingham! The pub is actually built around the surrounding caves, which creates for a unique interior. Drinks here are standard but I recommend a visit simply for the historical novelty.
Entering an establishment without a sign and seeing a lone butch bouncer sitting at a desk can be unnerving but what lies behind him is one of the best cocktail bars I have been to in Nottingham. The drinks are quirky and will never fail to make you smile. At seven pounds a cocktail this is unaccountably an occasional treat but definitely makes for unforgettable evening.
Bite to eat…?
– Annie’s Burger Shack
This eatery is possible even more famous that Robin Hood himself! I’m kidding, but it is notoriously hard to get a table at this place (my house booked a month in advance!) but oh so worth it. Meaty goodness covered with an unlimited range of topping combinations. I doubt I will ever have the confidence to try The Elvis (a burger smeared with peanut and jam) but rumour says it tastes amazing as does everything there! Go for a birthday or celebration – it is definitely worth the wait.
A little bit more exotic with Moroccan food but don’t worry it does cater to those who can’t always handle their spice. It is a little bit on the pricier side than a standard chain restaurant but the HUGE portion sizes definitely make up for it. You may even get a chance to have a cheeky dance with a belly dancer if you go on the weekends. Overall, the food is simply delicious and well worth a try!
Got time for a day trip…?
This place is a must for all students especially you first years living on University Park Campus. You are literally a road away from a park featuring rolling greenery and Batman’s House. It is the perfect place to relax! Even the fledging No Tomorrow festival is held there featuring loads of popular artists now spanning over two days.
– The David Attenborough Nature Reserve
This is a little bit out of the way from both Uni Park and Jubilee campus. It is located in Chilwell but that’s only a bus ride away. You’ll find acres of beautiful land and lakes, which was stunning when I visited in the Winter – but I am told it is bursting with wildlife in the Summer.
I hope this has given you some inspiration to go and explore the thriving city our University is located within. Take a look at the University’s video detailing more things for you to do and visit whilst you are studying here!
Watch the Nottingham City video here: