Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

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Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

One of the hardest parts to overcome when travelling is the issue of budgeting. The majority of us don’t prefer spending a lot of money, so when we go away – regardless of whether it’s in the UK or abroad – we have to think about what everything will cost. With this in mind, this post is dedicated to helping you create a budget-friendly trip to the brilliant Midlands city of Nottingham, without sacrificing on quality or enjoyment. We’re going to focus on Nottingham because it’s one of those places with a little something for everyone, making it perfect for this type of look into budgeting. 

Visiting Nottingham on a Budget


Let’s start with the biggest hitter of them all – accommodation. Whether it’s hotels, hostels or bed and breakfasts, accommodation is usually the largest drain on your holiday funds, and you are often paying it before you even go! This is particularly true if you end up going for an all-inclusive holiday on a resort abroad, where you aren’t just paying for your accommodation, but you're paying for your food and drinks too. 

Fortunately, we’re not talking about all-inclusive holidays, we’re talking about Nottingham, so you’ll be happy to know that there are a few different options in the city. Due to Nottingham’s position as a medium-sized city, it has grown to offer more than just premium hotels. There are plenty of more affordable hotel options, as well as a range of hostels in the area, all of which offer a slightly different experience. For the cheapest accommodation, you usually want to look out for hostels or bed and breakfasts, as well as on various deal websites where you might save a few pennies. Regardless, always investigate prices before committing if you want to be strict with your budget. 

Visiting Nottingham on a Budget

Food and Drink

Nottingham is a bustling student city and with that title, it must be able to cater to all its citizens. Nottingham’s range of restaurants and bars is one of the most extensive in the country, especially considering the city’s size. Even looking at Visit Nottinghamshire website, there’s over a dozen mentioned in only a paragraph or two! As a city, Nottingham is very cultural and artistic. The Lace Market is a district with roots in creativity and this has grown to encompass the city as a whole, so you can expect to find a lot of quirky, unique restaurants. If you’re looking for affordable food and drink, try your hotel restaurant or some of the breakfast diners that are open throughout the city. Usually, the diners are affordable and serve fairly large portions, even beyond breakfast time. 

Activities and Occasions

Finally, let’s get onto the main event. The other most expensive part of a holiday is the activities that you enjoy whilst you’re there and as mentioned earlier, Nottingham is an artsy city, so there is plenty to do. Primarily, the city boasts lots of music venues, boutique theatres and museums, as well as a very active nightlife because of the student population. 

If you’re looking to save money, try focusing on the smaller theatres and cinemas as opposed to the established, franchised ones. Not only will these have a more homely, interesting environment but they’ll charge less per ticket too. In the same way, don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track and into the side streets. Usually in the nooks and crannies of any city is where you find the true gems that end up being much more affordable than their luxury cousins.

If you happen to be hosting an event and need a function room in Nottingham, try to make sure that you avoid the city centre, where things are going to get very expensive, very quickly. Instead, focus on finding a venue a little outside but still within touching distance of the city and focus your efforts on finding a function room of the right size. There’s nothing worse than paying too much for a huge venue, only to realise you needed half the space.

If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to make sure that your trip to Nottingham is both interesting and within budget. Obviously, you’re mean to treat yourself on holiday, so don’t limit yourself so much that you don’t have fun! Be sure to leave a comment if you have any budgeting travel tips of your own and if you'd like to explore Derby, then you can also read about the days out in Derby

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  1. I've never been to Nottingham before, it sounds like a great place for a weekend away.

  2. I've never been to Nottingham before but I didn't realise what an artsy city is, that's very cool to know!


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