Bursting with Art and Culture
Nottingham is a city built on culture. It's a creative hub for big thinkers, and the spaces that drive them. Here, galleries break all the rules, cinemas are independent and music is loud.
Streets dripping in art will inspire you to find your passion – from Anish Kapoor’s stunning Sky Mirror, to funky murals and the bold architecture that frames the Lace Market. Visit once and you’ll want to stay forever.
Written into history
This is a city with a story to tell. And we’ve got the awards to prove it – in 2015 Nottingham was named a permanent UNESCO World City of Literature, alongside Prague, Barcelona and Dublin.
We’re a city inspired by our iconic Rebel Writers – Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe – and it shines through in our writing community today. From provocative slam poetry, to energetic workshops at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, this is where you'll find your voice.
Iconic gig venues
Music is the beating heart of Nottingham. We're home to the only Rough Trade in the UK bar London, and that says it all. With huge local festivals like Dot to Dot, Beat the Streets and Hockley Hustle, emerging artists and musicians thrive here.
There's a booming venue around every corner - immerse yourself in an energetic crowd at live music venues like Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Bodega and The Motorpoint Arena, or relax in cosy jazz bars like The Pelican Club. We've also got our own amazing music venues at NTU like Metronome at our Creative Quarter Campus.
Art and galleries
Student-led art collectives and exhibitions keep this city's local art scene fresh, while our art galleries host huge international names like David Hockney, Mark Leckey and Huang Yong Ping.
Be inspired by Nottingham Contemporary, one of the UK’s biggest modern art spaces, explore diverse cultural art at New Art Exchange, or discover emerging Nottingham artists at the independent Backlit gallery.
Stage vs screen
Movie lovers grab your popcorn - from cinema giants like Cineworld, to independents oozing with character, you'll never miss a film here. Broadway was rated as one of the best cinemas in the world by Total Film magazine, and in 1994 it was where Quentin Tarantino held the British debut for Pulp Fiction.
Experience the magic of stage and delve into a world of culture at our Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal.