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Nottingham Cathedral

A lavishly decorated sacrament chapel and a huge organ are among the highlights of this splendid 19th-century religious landmark. 

Nottingham Cathedral (aka St. Barnabas Cathedral) is a grand Gothic Revival-style church that hosts both religious services and performances by contemporary musicians. Admire the dramatic exterior of Nottingham Cathedral and then study the ornamental interior. 

Established in 1844, the cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Nottingham and the primary church of Nottingham’s Roman Catholic diocese. This protected building was designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who was the architect of London’s iconic Houses of Parliament. A defining feature of the exterior is the 150-feet (46-meter) tall spire. Note the carved stone statues of saintly figures that stand in niches. 

Inside, rows of pointed arches supported by octagonal-shaped pillars line the nave and create a feeling of airiness. Between the arches are decorative medallions with winged figures holding shields with the initials of the apostles. 

Set aside some time to appreciate the colorfully painted Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Other notable aspects are carved depictions of the Stations of the Cross, a hanging tester and gilded stone font. 

In the north ambulatory is the magnificent organ, which provides music during services and often accompanies the cathedral choir. Check the event schedule for choir concerts and performances of works by composers such as J.S. Bach and Monteverdi. In June, a festival features a cappella groups, baritones, brass ensembles and singer-songwriters. 

The cathedral stands at the edge of Nottingham city center and approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the city’s train station. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Nearby are popular entertainment venues such as the Theatre Royal Concert Hall and Nottingham Playhouse. Outside the latter is British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, a polished steel sculpture angled towards the sky.

Nottingham Cathedral opens its doors to visitors and worshippers every day of the year. Religious services take place throughout the week. This is an active church so be respectful of worshippers, especially if you visit during a service.


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Park Plaza Nottingham €59
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Park Plaza Nottingham

41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alea Nottingham and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Castle are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Roomzzz Nottingham City €58
    Roomzzz Nottingham City

    Roomzzz Nottingham City

    Stanley Place, Talbot Street, Nottingham, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nottingham City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Alea Nottingham and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      Crowne Plaza Nottingham €47
      Crowne Plaza Nottingham

      Crowne Plaza Nottingham

      17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nottingham City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Alea Nottingham and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.

        Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel €38
        Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

        Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel

        Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Nottingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Old Market Square and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Castle is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Nottingham Station is 6 minutes by foot.

          Hart's Hotel €99
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          Hart's Hotel

          Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Castle and Theatre Royal. Nottingham Trent University and Lace Market are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel €42
            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

            Mercure Nottingham City Centre George Hotel

            2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lace Market and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. Nottingham Trent University and Theatre Royal are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre €55
              Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

              Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre

              17-31 Wollaton Street, Nottingham, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alea Nottingham, Theatre Royal and The Cornerhouse. Nottingham Trent University and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham are also within 15 minutes. Nottingham Station is 16 minutes by foot.

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                Strathdon

                DERBY ROAD, 44 0, Nottingham, ENG
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nottingham City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Nottingham Cathedral and Nottingham Playhouse. Theatre Royal and Nottingham Trent University are also within 10 minutes. Nottingham Station is 15 minutes by foot.