Is Nottingham real? When you Google ‘Nottingham’, this is the first question that comes up, which amazed me! So, yes, it is real, I am here, and there are lots of great things to do in town.
This is what I’ll show you in this video. Good morning from Nottingham, England. I guess the reason a lot of people question if Nottingham is real is because the city is linked with Robin Hood; the famous outlaw who used to steal from the rich to give to the poor, there’s even a statue here. And then comes the next question: was Robin Hood even real? Let’s go up there. Well, it is believed so, but there are lots of versions. The most acceptable is that he lived here in the 12th century, he was imprisoned in this castle here and when he was free, he used to hide in the forest, Sherwood forest, which is about an hour north of the city when you drive there. This castle, by the way, is very important in the history of Nottingham; works here began in the year 1067 and it has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries. And by the way it’s called the Nottingham Castle, but after it was rebuilt it looks more like a mansion. Should still be beautiful, I just wish I could see it. Now, the castle is closed. Closed for refurbishment until 2020 But this area here is still very nice, it’s a nice place to hangout and it’s right in the city centre. Oh, how charming this street here, it’s right in front of the castle. Look at these old doors here at the castle. It’s like directly from a horror movie. If you continue walking down the street of the castle… The oldest inn in England, from 1189. Actually this is one of those that claim to be the oldest. This is Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, it was carved out of the rock underneath the castle. And it has it’s name for a reason, it used to serve the crusaders on their way to Jerusalem. During Summer it is recommended to book a table as it gets really busy. Now during fall it’s fine, although you see tourists coming here all the time everybody comes here and takes pictures.
Let’s go for a drink. [Renata] What do you prefer, inside or outside? [Renata] Oh, you don’t want to talk… [Renata] You’re such a kid! This is so cool because the bar is inside a cave.
We are inside a cave here Here they also offer a tour to the cellar, you have to book it in advance We did, so we’re excited to see what’s there. The pub here is actually older the inn. There are two chambers down here, they’re from the year 1070. This is one of them, and they still use them for storage. [Guide] The ones where you see that have been tapped.
Those will be ready to go [Guide] This one for instance hasn’t been tapped yet, so that will be tapped by myself tonight This was a prison at the time, it used to belong to the castle Prisoners would be here, and this one, the next door, this was for the worst criminals. They would most likely die here. Thank you. Look at this ceiling! [Renata] What is that? One half? Where is the other half? [Renata] Oh, this is one half! It’s like 50 cents?
[Gordon] Yes! [Renata] Okay, one half. Look at a 50 thousand bill here. There’s a hole up there and they used it to bring the beer barrels directly from the bar to the castle, instead of rolling the barrels uphill, this was a faster way. The staff was so friendly here, they have us a whole detailed tour for free, answering questions, and sharing information that you can’t find online. For example, how the bar was born. The Crusades where going on, right? And I didn’t really explain the Crusades before So just to make it clear: they were religious and military expedicitions organized by Europeans, Christians, between the 11th and 13th centuries, and their purpose was to take control over the holy land So they were religious wars between Christans and Muslims. People would come from the north and central parts of England and meet right here in Nottingham before going to London. Royalty and the most important men would go up the castle and the soldiers would stay down here, this is where they’d get served. Here around the castle and the bar you can see caves also, built in the stones. This is some serious exercise. From the bar we walked ten minutes uphill to see a beautiful and historical neighbourhood. This is Park Estate, famous for the Victorian architecture. But what’s really charming is that they use gas street lights, those! Still like in the old days. This is believed to be one of the largest networks in Europe. I believe the canal is right here. Just like what we saw in Manchester and Birmingham here in England, the canals were also very important historically in Nottingham. And now, look at this, the area is so full of bars, THE place to come but I guess we chose the windiest day of the year to come here, there’s no one around! And it’s not even cold. So to close today’s video I wanted to introduce you to another iconic place here in Nottingham Old Market Square! This is centrally located in town, but despite the name there’s no market here! However there’s a high end mall inside that building. That’s the City Council and on the ground floor you find the most exclusive stores in Nottingham. Hope you enjoyed this day here in Nottingham In the next vlog, I’m going to show more about the caves here. There’s actually an underground network of caves that you can visit, should be so fun! I’m so excited! So if you like this video, let me know And if you want more activate the notifications so that you can know when the next one is up! England is hosting the Cricket World Cup and actually I just found someone who plays cricket here. He’s from the Maasai tribe in Kenya [Sonyanga] Yeah, my name is Sonyanga Ole Ngais [Sonyanga] I’m the Captain of Maasai Cricket Warriors who are actually here playing cricket. [Sonyanga] Nice really to meet you guys, that you are actually doing stories, traveling. [Sonyanga] Really nice! And people should go check the Maasai Cricket Warriors [Sonyanga] There’s a lot of footage out, you can see the Maasai dressed in [Sonyanga] their traditional clothes playing cricket. Real cricket, you know? [Renata] Really?
[Sonyanga] Yeah! [Renata] You probably know the city more than I do [Sonyanga] Yeah, a little bit, I won’t say I know that much, but just a little bit. [Renata] What would you recommend for people to do when they come here? [Sonyanga] You should visit the historic buildings like the Southwell Minster, the castle [Sonyanga] You need to go down to the… there are a lot of caves here in Nottingham [Sonyanga] You guys should go down to the caves
[Renata] Doing that tomorrow! [Sonyanga] And I would recommend one guide called Robin Hood, [Sonyanga] he is called Ezekial Bone, he is the real guy who can take you around [Sonyanga] and he understands the history about Nottingham, the history of it. [Renata] Awesome! That’s awesome! All the best! Bye! He saw me with the camera and thought: “hmmm, she might be on YouTube” Love this YouTube world that connects people like this.