Nottingham

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I spent last week in Nottingham where I was attending the annual conference of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). I travelled over on the Sunday and had a few hours to explore the city, which I hadn’t visited for a long time, during the afternoon.

I took the tram from the train station to the stop close to my hotel – easier than walking and cheaper (and more fun) than a taxi.

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I was staying in the main Conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza, and as I’m now a VIP (for the first time in my life – something I’m not used to! although it’s really a case of a big fish in a little pond) I was on the Executive floor. The room was quite small but nicely furnished but nothing particularly special. I gota bath robe and slippers. No free wifi though, but my ipad is on a 3g contract so I can use it without any worries for emails, downloading my paper etc. There was a little “Executive lounge” where there are free (non-alcoholic)drinks and snacks. When I got back from exploring I was hypoing but they had just brought out some snacks – slices of pizza and fancy sandwiches- so I filled a plate and got myself back up.

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I didn’t have a lot of time before things started to shut up, so I went to the castle, which was a short walk from my hotel, and paid my entry fee.

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I wasn’t over impressed. Pretty enough gardens but the museum was underwhelming.

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The art gallery had the Jeremy Deller exhibition on that we saw in Manchester at the beginning of the year. I didn’t think too much of their permanent collection. There were a few paintings I liked, including ones by John Piper and Lowry, but most did not appeal. They had some good sculpture though, especially a bust of a woman from Baku Epstein and a piece by Peter Randall-Page. Afterwards. I had a wander round the bottom of the castle walls. I said hello to Robin Hood and had a look at the pub under the castle walls that claims to be the oldest in England .

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This old building was across the road from the castle and the Robin Hood statue

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After that I had a wander round the Town Centre which was quite busy with shoppers. I thought it was similar to Manchester with a number of Georgian, Victorian Gothic and Edwardian buildings.

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This is the very grand Town Hall viewed from the Market Square

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Unfortunately I didn’t really have chance to look round the Lace Market, the area where the lace industry for which Nottingham used to be famous, was located.

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On the way back to the hotel I passed this statue of another local hero.

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and the Theatre Royal

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Overall I thought the city was pleasant enough but not really “worth a detour” as they say in the Michelin Guide.

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