Welcome to Nottingham, or should we say - “Ay up Duck!”
Nottingham is a beautiful city located in the East Midlands and is home to some of the finest tales, history, cultures and discoveries. Below are just some of the fun facts that you might, or might not, have heard about Nottingham:
- Nottingham is recognised as the UNESCO City of Literature and its permanent status was given back in 2015. Love writing? This is the place to be.
- Nottingham is home to the oldest pub in England, namely Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. It has been claimed to be established in 1189 AD! Although there’s nothing to verify this claim, it is one of the true gems of the city and a must-visit pub if you ever come by.
- Remember the lavish Wayne’s Mansion in Batman Begins (the first movie of the Batman Trilogy by Christopher Nolan)? It was filmed at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, one of the most famous attractions in Nottingham.
- Having a headache, body ache or fever? Ibuprofen 400mg three times daily and it magically works! Guess what? Ibuprofen was actually discovered in Nottingham by Dr Stewart Adams with the initial intention as a therapy for hangover!
- Another great discovery made in Nottingham - the MRI Scan. Developed by Sir Peter Mansfield, a professor of the University of Nottingham at that time and was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for this breakthrough discovery.
- Ever wondered where Boots, the biggest beauty and pharmacy chain in the country, originated from? You’re right! It’s Nottingham! Established in 1849 by John Boot, the very first Boots store was opened on Goosegate, right at the heart of Nottingham city.
- Last but not least, one cannot mention Nottingham without referring to one of the most famous outlaws of all time - Robin Hood. Robin’ the rich to give to the poor! Why not try to find Robin Hood’s statue in Nottingham city centre and show to your friends?
Excited? Nottingham has so much more to offer besides these interesting facts. With hundreds of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, you can never get bored of this city.
The 77th BPSA Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful campus of the University of Nottingham, which is just 1.5 miles away from the city centre.
Getting to Nottingham
There are good transport links to Nottingham. There are frequent public transport services (tram, buses and taxis) running between the city centre and the University of Nottingham (UoN).
If you are travelling by Train
Nottingham is right in the centre of the country and is very well connected to all other major cities by the train network. The nearest train station is Nottingham Train Station (NOT), NG2 3AQ.
Regular services operate between Nottingham and London St Pancras (from 1 hours 45 mins), Birmingham (1 hour 15 mins), Leeds (2 hours), Manchester (2 hours), or Sheffield (1 hour).
From the train station, take the 10-minute Tram journey towards Toton Lane and get off at “University of Nottingham” stop. See below on how to use the Tram service.
For train information, tickets and timetables visit the websites: www.nationalrail.co.uk www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk If you are travelling by Coach
Travelling by coach is sometimes a cheaper option if you don’t mind the longer journey. There are many national coaches that stop at Nottingham city or even the University. Visit National Express, MegaBus and Snap websites for more information. National Express MegaBusSnapIf you are travelling by Plane
The nearest Airport is East Midlands Airport (EMA). From this Airport there is a direct bus service Skylink operated by Trentbarton which takes around 30 minutes to the South Entrance of the campus (Stop UN04). www.eastmidlandsairport.com www.trentbarton.co.uk/services/skylinknottingham If you are Driving
For travel by car, navigate by searching the following: School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD. How to get around Nottingham Tram
Tram is probably the cheapest and most convenient option to travel between campus and the city centre. Tram services connect the University to city centre (Lace Market, Old Market Square, Royal Centre stops) with just around 15 minutes. During weekdays, services run every 7-10 minutes until midnight.
From city centre or train station to main campus, take the Toton Lane service.
From campus to city centre or train station, take the Hucknall service.
It is best to purchase a Student Return ticket (£2.50) at the Ticket Machine available at every tram stops.
For more tram information, tickets and timetables visit the websites: www.thetram.net Bus
Buses in Nottingham are greatly linked and frequent and many services operate 24/7. The most common bus route from campus to city centre is 34 (operated by Nottingham City Transport). A Single Ticket is £1.50 with a valid student ID. Bare in mind that buses in Nottingham may not return change so it is advisable to prepare an exact amount in advance.
There is also a free bus service running around city centre area (Centrelink).
For other bus information, visit: Nottingham City Transport Trentbarton Robin Hood NetworkTaxis
There are many good taxi services in Nottingham so it might be really handy if you’re travelling in groups or planning for a late night out.
Some of the most common Taxi companies are listed below:
DG Nottingham (dgcars.co.uk
Nottingham Car (nottinghamcars.com