Why Nottingham is a Great City for Children


There are larger cities than Nottingham in the UK, but for anyone raising children, it is a fantastic place to live or visit. With so much to see and do in the city itself and the surrounding area, children will never be bored!

Parks and Green Space

Colwick Country Park is a popular place to spend time for all ages, but children will love everything it has to offer. With a wealth of wildlife to spot and activities including geocaching, horse riding and bird watching as well as a playground to run off steam, Colwick is a family favourite for day trips.

The Arboretum is another beautiful place in the city and is ideal for any budding botanist. The gorgeous grounds are fabulous for little explorers and a scenic spot to rest with a picnic.

Professional Sports

Spectator sports are a great form of live entertainment and Nottingham has two professional football teams, Nottingham Forest and Notts County, with an army of dedicated supporters. The Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team welcomes new fans, and the fast-paced action is sure to keep children entertained. With cricket at Trent Bridge, rugby union and rugby league teams and the National Water Sports Centre in nearby Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham is a city with a proud sporting history and a bright future.

A City Fit for a King

Built by William the Conqueror and the 1st Duke of Newcastle, Nottingham Castle is a historic landmark in the city. Children are fascinated by the history of castles and, while not the grandest in the country, it has an aura all of its own. Take a sketchbook to draw your own versions of the art on display and leave time to enjoy the play area dedicated to Robin Hood, who legend says was kept captive at the castle by the Sherriff of Nottingham.

The Robin Hood Experience

No trip to Nottingham would be complete without discovering more about the world’s most famous outlaw, and if you reside in the city, there’s even more reason to learn about his legacy. The Robin Hood Experience is an interactive walk-through museum taking you back through time; the sights and sounds will transport you to a different time and the costumes and artefacts will inspire your children to ask questions which will further their knowledge.

Groups and Clubs for Families

Nottingham is a city that nurtures all hobbies and interests. Traditional uniform groups such as Scouts and Brownies have units across the city,, and for the sportier child, there are plenty of activities ranging from football to cricket to gymnastics on offer.

There is also a range of support groups for children and families covering issues such as mental health and child bereavement. Advice and support for people interested in learning more about fostering in Nottingham is also available, as well as for foster families.

Nottingham has all the facilities you would expect to find in a city and more. It’s a fantastic place to live or visit with children of all ages.