• John Oyston

Days Out from Nottingham by train

Day trips from Nottingham by train include shopping in Oxford Street or Meadowhall, a day on the beach at Skegness and Gulliver’s family theme park. Nottingham’s central location gives the city excellent transport connections. Regular train services link Nottingham with places ideal for a family outing.


Here are just a few ideas for a day out without a car:


Go Shopping in Sheffield City Centre or Meadowhall

Meadowhall Shopping Centre Photo Paul Harrop under a Creative Commons License
Meadowhall Shopping Centre Photo Paul Harrop under a Creative Commons License

Sheffield city centre has the usual array of high street names, mingled with smaller independent traders. Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter host a wide selection of small shops, eateries and good pubs. There are also excellent sporting facilities, theatres and museums.


Stay on the train an extra stop to Meadowhall with 270 stores and an 11 screen cinema, is one of the UK’s largest and most successful shopping malls.


Getting There


Trains run every 30 minutes to Sheffield, with a trough service to Meadowhall every hour, from Nottingham. The journey takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour to Sheffield and 1 hour 10 minutes to Meadowhall.


Take a Steam Train or Cable Car Ride at Matlock


Matlock ‘s industrial heritage has been granted World Heritage status, with the Derwent Valley Mills stretching for 15 miles along the banks of the River Derwent from Matlock Bath to Derby.


There is also a wide selection of attractions for families with children. Gulliver’s Kingdom at Matlock Bath is a theme park designed for children; take a cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham or take a steam train ride on Peak Rail.


Getting There


Trains to Matlock every hour from Nottingham; the journey takes 1 hour 6 minutes. When visiting Gulliver’s Kingdom of The Heights of Abraham get off the train at Matlock Bath, one stop before Matlock.


Spend a Day on the Beach at Skegness


Skegness is the easiest seaside resort to get to from Nottingham. Stroll along the promenade or spend the day on the beach. There is also a seal sanctuary and animal centre, museums, kids’ adventure centres, crazy golf, ten-pin bowling, laser quest, fun fairs, and shopping.


Getting There


Trains to Skegness run every hour from Nottingham; the journey takes about 2 hours.


Visit Lincoln’s Castle and Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral Photo Thorpe under a Creative Commons License
Lincoln Cathedral Photo Thorpe under a Creative Commons License

Lincoln’s history dates back to Roman times. Visit Lincoln Cathedral and Castle or wander up (or down) the aptly named 14th century Steep Hill that links the castle, the cathedral and the medieval Bailgate with the modern shopping centre.


The station is in the modern part of the city, near the river and the Brayford Waterfront packed with retail outlet and eating places to suit all tastes and budgets.


Getting There


Trains to Lincoln leave every hour from Nottingham  . The journey time is 52 minutes.


Go Shopping on Oxford Street or have a Flight on the London Eye


London is easily reached from Nottingham. See the sights like Buckingham Palace or Trafalgar Square, go shopping down Oxford Street, have a free day out at The British Museum, Tate Modern and the Imperial War Museum or get a bird’s eye view of London from the London Eye.


Getting There


Trains run every 30 minutes from Nottingham to London St Pancras. The journey takes between 1 hour 45 minutes and 2 hours.


Other Ideas for a Day Out from Nottingham There are plenty more attractions in easy reach of Nottingham by train including:

  1. Visit the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham

  2. Take the Great Central Steam Train from Loughborough

  3. Spend the day at the National Space Centre in Leicester

  4. Enjoy a picnic at Attenborough Nature Reserve

National Rail provides up to date details of train times and fares.

For more ideas Experience Nottinghamshire or 100 Days Out in East Midlands

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