Hidden Gems of Nottingham
Our friend from Canada came to visit us in Birmingham. We were trying to think of cool places to visit for a day trip, not too far away, and Nottingham caught our eye. Nottingham has a bit of a bad reputation as being a really rough city but we found it to be really nice and there was lots of cool stuff to see there. We really had a great time there and I hope you enjoy our video and our blog post.
We (wanderlust vegans and friend) arrived in Nottingham after a rough start. We walked to the closest train station to us which is a 30 minute walk away. I forgot the umbrella and had to go back to the house after 2 minutes into the walk. Then I realised that I forgot my phone half way into the walk so I ran back to the house and then ran towards the train station to catch up with the other two. We just barely made our train. It all worked out though.
Anyway, we booked our train online using trainline which is the best site in our opinion. They also had an option called "plus bus" where you add an all day bus pass onto your train tickets for only £2. £2 is a steal for an all day bus pass. In Birmingham it costs £4.40 to get the all day bus pass on the National Express buses but then your pass won't work on the tram, or any of the other buses like the diamond bus. With out £2 Nottingham plus bus we could use any bus company. The buses we used were advertising all day passes for well over £2.
|The bus we went on was clean and it announce you next stop!|
|25 minutes from City Centre to Batman's House aka Wollaton Park|
|The story comes alive.|
|If you look really close you can see her.|
|It's a big house.|
|Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the Candle Stick.|
Our bus wait was about 7 minutes because we didn't flag down the bus and it didn't stop for us so we made sure to be clear the second time around. We made it to city centre and then navigated ourselves to Annie's Burger shack. Nottingham has lots of hills so we were walking uphill most of the way.
Annie's is more than a shack and it was really busy. We decided to wait in the tavern downstairs because there was a 45 minute wait to get a table in the restaurant.
The tavern was pretty nice and the whole place was New England/American themed. It's funny that in North America they have Irish bars, English pubs and Scottish pubs and in England they have American Burger restaurants.
|"Every. Single. One" can be made vegan!|
The National Videogame Arcade. We had heard lots about it but it ended up being bigger and better than we imagined.
|Some jackass played Time Crisis the entire 2 hours we were there.|
|Posing with Sonic on the way out.|
|Nottingham Old Market Square.|
|Lots of people pokemon hunting in the park.|
After having a good time exploring Nottingham it came time to head back to the train station to catch our train back to Birmingham.
We just missed our planned train so we had to catch the next one. Little did we know there was a football (soccer) match between Aston Villa and Derby County which had just finished. Our train made a stop in Derby and suddenly our train was packed with drunken Aston Villa supporters (fans) singing, chanting and hitting the walls of the train. Their shenanigans lead to an argument with a miserable lady who claimed to have just returned from a lovely holiday only to have it ruined. The lady and her family were shouting at the Villa fans and the Villa fans were making fun of her. The cops were called and our train was delayed for a long time. The cops ended up having to ride with us all they way back to Birmingham.
We were not thrilled to be delayed for so long considering that we had to wake up early the next day to get to London but at least our friend got to see some stereotypical drunken English football supporters.
Good times. ;) If you enjoyed this post, you may like our post "Mega Manchester Vegan Bus Trip"
Thank you for reading.