Hello Folks

How are You all? If you have been following on My Instagram stories @mrsdillonsdiary You May have seen I recently visited Nottingham in the UK. Living only forty minutes from Ireland West Airport I’m very fortunate to have access to Many UK and European destinations. I’m currently making it My business to visit as many as possible this year. I’m getting serious mileage out of the Ryanair app on My phone. This is so handy for boarding passes amending bookings online check in etc. It saves passport details and is linked to My PayPal. Easy peasy for a holiday addict.

I’ve saved the trip to highlights on My Instagram there’s loads more photos there.


Nottingham Castle

I was delighted to be invited over by Marketing Nottingham along with a group of journalists from the West of Ireland to experience all that Nottingham has to offer. We were wined and dined and shown all the sights. It was a wonderful short break that I really enjoyed. I can happily recommend a trip to Nottingham read on for all the juicy details.

We flew into East Midlands Airport with Ryanair flight time is approx 1hour. With a taxi journey of 30-40 mins traffic depending to the city Arrow was the airport transfer We used. This can be pre booked and paid for in advance so no need to be stressing with money changes on arrival etc. Read on for details on the trip.

The Walton Hotel We stayed in was a beautiful Victorian style building I was in love with the decor. So cosy and comfortable with log fires and beautiful furniture. It was a 15 minute walk into the City Centre there are also busses and taxis available. There are hotels available in city center locations for anyone looking for accommodation in a central location.

Our first place of interest was Arbotoreum this is a public park with beautiful gardens a very instagramable location for photos. Perfect for a leisurely stroll

We wandered through the streets and made Our way to the Market square and down towards Nottingham Castle in the Medieval part of the City. Here We met Our tour guide Robin Hood I would highly recommend doing this. We learned so much about the History of the City. It was really enjoyable. Pro tip for the tour wrap up warm. It got quite chilly at night and I hadn’t worn enough layers.

Next up was The oldest inn in England for some good old English grub and a drink. I needed it at this stage after all the walking around. This is pure olde worlde charm. It’s an experience

We were up early the next morning to go to Museum of modern art to be brutally honest this wasn’t My cup of tea. I preferred the Historical side of things but each to their own. At the rear of this building is the City of caves Where We learned all about medieval times and the network of caves that runs under the city. These were later used as bomb shelters in the war.

This is also linked to the Justice museum I loved the tours of both it was so interesting. We got to attend a reenactment of a trial from the 1600s. We also done a tour of the prison cells and learned about the history of the British justice system through the ages.

Food and Drinks

Nottingham is full of really cool Pubs, cocktail bars etc it’s a the perfect spot for a city break. This is just a small selection of what’s on offer.

Chicken basket in George’s

My personal favorite was George’s I really loved this place. The menu, the decor, the drinks all fabulous. Location is great too just of Market Square. It’s advisable to book to avoid disappointment. The beach hut style booths are very cool. There’s a great selection of tasty traditional food with a modern twist. Be sure to check out their Instagram for a look. Matthew was Our waiter He looked after us very well.

Pitcher and piano

We just stopped for Coffee here but it’s well worth a visit. It’s a beautiful old Church that has been restored to a comfortable bar. It’s a beautiful building with comfortable seating.

Malt cross

Worth a visit for the decor alone. The cakes looked amazing. A nostalgic feel of bygone era

The secret pub This was a great experience. It’s basically a hidden pub that has a very basic looking shop front on the street Enter through a secret door just like an old fashioned speakeasy. There’s an actual full bar in there. Very cool I loved this.

Jam cafe

Very cool cafe bar chilled atmosphere just down the street from The secret pub.

The Bell inn

The oldest inn in Nottingham overlooking Market Sq

A comfy cosy bar with lots of snug nooks.

Down the back is a sports bar with a big screen so that will keep the Men happy.


Think traditional thick crust pies. Very tasty and ideal for Families. Very central location too.

I didn’t have time for much shopping in this trip but I can happily report there are loads of shops. A large primark, Zara, river island, Jo Malone, Topshop etc I will investigate this further on My next trip. For research purposes obviously. I will return to Nottingham again soon with several flights available weekly from Ireland West Airport it would be crazy not too. Our trip was short and there was loads more I’d love to see next time. Five guys burgers for one and do more exploring in the lace market.

Do let Me know if you are heading to Nottingham for a city break. Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.

Love Maria

Some photos

Beach huts at George’s



Maria Dillon
Written by Maria Dillon