Nottingham is known for its strong economy, nightlife, shopping, tourism and sport.
It is also a major sporting centre and, in 2015, was named ‘Home of English Sport’. The National Ice Centre, Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and the world-famous Test Cricket ground Trent Bridge are all based in or around the city, which is also the home of two professional football teams; the world’s oldest professional football club Notts County and two-time European champions Nottingham Forest. The city also has professional rugby, ice hockey and cricket teams, and hosts the Nottingham Tennis Open.
In addition, around 60,000 students attend the city’s two universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, giving the city a large student population.
Nottingham has been named a “City of Literature’ by UNESCO, one of only a handful in the world. The title reflects Nottingham’s literary heritage, with Lord Byron, D.H Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe having links to the city, as well as a contemporary literary community, a publishing industry and a poetry scene. Culturally, there are two large-capacity theatres, numerous museums and art galleries, an independent cinema and live music venues, including the Motorpoint Arena and Rock City.
Being located within the heart of the UK, Nottingham also has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK via Nottingham Railway Station. The city benefits from a state-of-the-art tram system and the largest public bus network in the UK.